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Belgium fightback denies Azerbaijan

Published: Monday 10 October 2011, 17.45CET
Azerbaijan 2-2 Belgium
The hosts gained their first point in qualifying Group 8 but could have had all three after establishing a two-goal lead inside 31 minutes.
Belgium fightback denies Azerbaijan
Belgium (in red) battled back for a share of the spoils in Baku ©info@yenihaber.be
Published: Monday 10 October 2011, 17.45CET

Belgium fightback denies Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan 2-2 Belgium
The hosts gained their first point in qualifying Group 8 but could have had all three after establishing a two-goal lead inside 31 minutes.

Jimmy de Jonghe equalised within five minutes of his introduction as Belgium recovered from two goals down against Azerbaijan, who nonetheless recorded their first point in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 8.

Belgium won the reverse fixture 4-1 last month but looked to be heading for defeat in Baku when Cavid Imamverdiyev and Cihan Özkara scored in the space of nine first-half minutes.

Imamverdiyev was in the right place to open the scoring midway through the first period, tucking away the rebound after Colin Coosemans had saved Mirhüseyin Seyidov's effort from the edge of the penalty area. Azerbaijan's initial dominance was underlined when Özkara doubled the lead after the half-hour mark with a shot across Coosemans from the left.

Nill De Pauw started the fightback before the break, punishing Gara Garayev for a mistake that allowed Guillaume Francois to set him up, a goal which prompted some sustained second-half pressure from Francky Dury's side.

Francois, Christian Benteke and Dedryck Boyata − whose effort was headed off the goal line by Badavi Guseynov − all threatened an equaliser after the break, and though Azerbaijan appeared to have regrouped, the unmarked De Jonghe broke home hearts 14 minutes from time.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.18CET

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Lineups

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Belgium

Belgium

1
AghayevSalahat Aghayev (GK)
1
CoosemansColin Coosemans (GK)
2
QarayevQara Qarayev
Substitution78
2
BoyataDedryck Boyata
4
GuseynovBadavi Guseynov
4
MertensGrégory Mertens
5
MammadovNovruz Mammadov
5
De BockLaurens De Bock
6
SeyidovMirhüseyin Seyidov (C)
6
Van AckerThibaut Van Acker
Substitution46
8
MustafayevEmin Mustafayev
7
FrancoisGuillaume Francois
10
ImamverdiyevCavid Imamverdiyev
Goal22
8
De PauwNill De Pauw (C)
Goal40
15
GuluzadeAmit Guluzade
9
BentekeChristian Benteke
16
TaghizadeRuslan Taghizade
Yellow Card90+3
11
BadibangaZiguy Badibanga
17
ÖzkaraCihan Özkara
Goal31
Substitution80
13
AngeliArnor Angeli
Substitution71
23
IsgandarovTural Isgandarov
15
DaeseleireDimitri Daeseleire

Substitutes

12
UmarovOsman Umarov (GK)
12
KaminskiThomas Kaminski (GK)
9
GurbanovRuslan Gurbanov
Substitution80
3
D.WuytensDries Wuytens
11
NurahmadovKamil Nurahmadov
10
MusondaLamisha Musonda
14
R. AbbasovRustam Abbasov
14
BrunoGianni Bruno
Substitution46
19
JafarguliyevEmin Jafarguliyev
Substitution78
16
NgawaPierre-Yves Ngawa
20
MiriliAsif Mirili
17
De JongheJimmy De Jonghe
Substitution71
Goal76
21
Z. GuliyevZahid Guliyev
18
WeutsKoen Weuts

Coach

Bernhard Lippert (GER) Francky Dury (BEL)

Referee

Marius Avram (ROU)

Assistant referees

Miklos Istvan Nagy (ROU), Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)

Fourth official

Radu Marian Petrescu (ROU)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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