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Azerbaijan record overdue win against Albania

Published: Saturday 4 September 2010, 19.00CET
Azerbaijan 3-2 Albania
Bernhard Lippert's side nearly nearly squandered a three-goal lead but clung on to record their first Group 10 win in seven attempts.
by Abbas Zahidi
from Tofiq Bähramov adına Respublika Stadionu
Azerbaijan record overdue win against Albania
Bakhtiyar Soltanov (No14) celebrates after scoring Azerbaijan's opener ©Viktoriya Melnik
Published: Saturday 4 September 2010, 19.00CET

Azerbaijan record overdue win against Albania

Azerbaijan 3-2 Albania
Bernhard Lippert's side nearly nearly squandered a three-goal lead but clung on to record their first Group 10 win in seven attempts.

Azerbaijan remain bottom of Group 10 of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying despite beating Albania 3-2 to secure their first victory.

Bernhard Lippert's side started the day with only a solitary point from their first six fixtures – from a 2-2 draw in Scotland in March – but can now climb above off the foot of the table and above Albania with a draw against section leaders Belarus on Tuesday. Albania have completed their fixtures with four points to their name.

Their chances of adding to that tally looked to be over inside 43 minutes as the hosts opened up a commanding three-goal lead. Bakhtiyar Soltanov opened the scoring with a header from Elvin Mammadov's cross on 17 minutes and Mirhuseyn Seyidov doubled Azerbaijan's lead with a 37th-minute free-kick. Ruslan Gurbanov profited from good work by captain Javid Huseynov to add a third two minutes before half-time.

Albania, though, refused to give in and pulled one back on the stroke of the interval when Sokol Cikalleshi scored direct from a set piece.  Bekim Bala reduced the deficit to just one with three minutes remaining but the hosts hung on for a long-awaited win.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.41CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2011/matches/round=2000006/match=2000250/postmatch/report/index.html#azerbaijan+wait

Lineups

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Albania

Albania

1
Ag. MammadovAgil Mammadov (GK)
Yellow Card87
12
MockaShpetim Mocka (GK)
2
QarayevQara Qarayev
4
SaminaKlodian Samina
Substitution65
3
T. GuliyevTarlan Guliyev
5
PeqiniRoland Peqini
5
MammadovNovruz Mammadov
6
GocajOlsi Gocaj
9
MammadovElvin Mammadov
7
CikalleshiSokol Cikalleshi
Goal45
11
C. HüseynovCavid Hüseynov (C)
8
LilajSabien Lilaj (C)
13
S. RahimovShahriyar Rahimov
9
BalajBekim Balaj
Goal87
14
SoltanovBakhtiyar Soltanov
Goal17
Substitution74
10
RoshiOdise Roshi
15
N. MammadovNodar Mammadov
11
ShkurtajVasil Shkurtaj
Substitution21
19
SeyidovMirhüseyin Seyidov
Goal37
Substitution85
15
SykajArsen Sykaj
Yellow Card87
20
GurbanovRuslan Gurbanov
Goal43
Substitution82
18
GavaOrgest Gava

Substitutes

12
PopovichAndriy Popovich (GK)
1
FrasheriStivi Frasheri (GK)
6
NovruzovTagim Novruzov
Substitution85
2
MalajArber Malaj
Substitution65
7
ImamverdiyevCavid Imamverdiyev
Substitution74
3
HoxhaRustem Hoxha
8
MustafayevEmin Mustafayev
13
XhemalajOrjon Xhemalaj
17
JafarguliyevEmin Jafarguliyev
14
VajushiArmando Vajushi
Substitution63
21
IsgandarovTural Isgandarov
16
ShehajArdit Shehaj
Substitution21
Substitution63
22
HasanovOrkhan Hasanov
Substitution82
Yellow Card87
17
MarashiBledar Marashi

Coach

Bernhard Lippert (GER) Artan Bushati (ALB)

Referee

Marios Panayi (CYP)

Assistant referees

Charalambos Charalambous (CYP), Michael Hadjinikola (CYP)

Fourth official

Antonis Chrystodoulou (CYP)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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