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Belgium get the better of Azerbaijan

Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 20.45CET
Belgium 4-1 Azerbaijan
Francky Dury's charges got their first points on the board in Group 8 but were made to work for their win despite taking an early lead.
Belgium get the better of Azerbaijan
Gianni Bruno of Belgium heads in the opening goal ©info@yenihaber.be
Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 20.45CET

Belgium get the better of Azerbaijan

Belgium 4-1 Azerbaijan
Francky Dury's charges got their first points on the board in Group 8 but were made to work for their win despite taking an early lead.

Belgium have their first points on the board in 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 8 after seeing off Azerbaijan in Antwerp.

Beaten 2-1 by Iceland in their opening encounter, the hosts bounced back to earn revenge for their senior side, whose 1-1 draw with Azerbaijan on Friday left a severe dent in their UEFA EURO 2012 qualification prospects. Gianni Bruno got Belgium up and running in the second minute, but they needed Grégory Mertens to put them back in front after Cavid Imamverdiyev had responded for the visitors. A pair of second-half goals then sealed the result for Francky Dury's charges.

Belgium could have been forgiven for thinking they would have everything their own way when Bruno headed in Arnor Angeli's cross, yet they were left with work to do when Imamverdiyev pounced to score after Colin Coosemans could only parry Tarlan Quliyev's attempt from distance. Indeed, Jihan Ozkara missed the target from close range just moments later, and even after Mertens had nodded in another Angeli centre, Imamverdiyev hit the post for the visitors close to half-time.

Araz Abdullayev also struck the woodwork with 17 minutes remaining, but Azerbaijan were left ruing those misses when Thomas Meunier dribbled into the area and drove in a superb shot nine minutes from time. Before their opponents could conjure a response, Christian Benteke made the game safe for Belgium, who will pursue a repeat success when the teams meet again in Baku on 10 October.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.17CET

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Lineups

Belgium

Belgium

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

1
CoosemansColin Coosemans (GK)
12
UmarovOsman Umarov (GK)
3
D.WuytensDries Wuytens
2
QarayevQara Qarayev
4
MertensGrégory Mertens
Goal35
3
GuliyevTarlan Guliyev
5
De BockLaurens De Bock
4
GuseynovBadavi Guseynov
8
De PauwNill De Pauw (C)
Substitution78
5
MammadovNovruz Mammadov
9
BentekeChristian Benteke
Goal83
6
SeyidovMirhüseyin Seyidov (C)
10
MeunierThomas Meunier
Goal81
7
A. AbdullayevAraz Abdullayev
Substitution87
11
El GhanassyYassine El Ghanassy
Yellow Card78
Substitution84
10
E. GuliyevEshgin Guliyev
Yellow Card29
13
AngeliArnor Angeli
19
ÖzkaraCihan Özkara
14
BrunoGianni Bruno
Goal2
Substitution64
21
ImamverdiyevCavid Imamverdiyev
Goal24
Yellow Card77
Substitution89
15
DaeseleireDimitri Daeseleire
23
IsgandarovTural Isgandarov
Substitution78

Substitutes

12
KaminskiThomas Kaminski (GK)
22
BalayevEmil Balayev (GK)
2
WeutsKoen Weuts
8
MustafayevEmin Mustafayev
Substitution89
6
MusondaLamisha Musonda
Substitution78
9
HasanovOrkhan Hasanov
Substitution78
7
FrancoisGuillaume Francois
Substitution64
11
NurahmadovKamil Nurahmadov
16
NgawaPierre-Yves Ngawa
13
ZaytsevMikhail Zaytsev
17
NaessensJens Naessens
Substitution84
15
GuluzadeAmit Guluzade
Substitution87
20
AhmadovHaji Ahmadov

Coach

Francky Dury (BEL) Bernhard Lippert (GER)

Referee

Ivan Kružliak (SVK)

Assistant referees

Radomir Sluk (SVK), Ondrej Brendza (SVK)

Fourth official

Ladislav Prešinsky (SVK)

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