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Azerbaijan off the bottom thanks to first win

Published: Wednesday 29 February 2012, 17.30CET
Azerbaijan 1-0 Iceland
Ali Gokdemir struck four minutes before half-time to take Azerbaijan off the bottom of Group 8 courtesy of their first victory of the campaign.
by Loghman Ismayilov
from Dalga Stadium
Azerbaijan off the bottom thanks to first win
Orkhan Hasanov of Azerbaijan chases a loose ball with Iceland's Asgeir Thor Magnússon ©AFFA

Match statistics

AzerbaijanIceland

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
5
Attempts off target9
 
7
Corners7
 
6
Fouls committed8
 
8
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Wednesday 29 February 2012, 17.30CET

Azerbaijan off the bottom thanks to first win

Azerbaijan 1-0 Iceland
Ali Gokdemir struck four minutes before half-time to take Azerbaijan off the bottom of Group 8 courtesy of their first victory of the campaign.

Azerbaijan beat Iceland 1-0 in Baku to record their first win in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying and move off the foot of Group 8.

Bernhard Lippert's side had only one point to their name prior to Wednesday's fixture, but moved above their opponents and into fourth in the section thanks to Ali Gokdemir's effort four minutes before half-time.

There was a scarcity of clear-cut opportunities prior to that goal, with Dofri Snorrason and Jón Dadi Bödvarsson going closest for the visitors. Hitherto unthreatening as an attacking force themselves, Azerbaijan then broke the deadlock when Gokdemir finished emphatically from a free-kick.

Tómas Tómasson's charges went within a whisker of restoring parity just before the hour, Thórarinn Valdimarsson latching on to Bödvarsson's pass only to be thwarted by Salahat Aghayev. The hosts steadied the ship as the second half progressed and nearly doubled their advantage when substitute Abdulla Abasiyev struck a post, but were ultimately left grateful that Iceland's Björn Sverrisson was also denied by the woodwork late on.

Next up for Azerbaijan is a trip to Norway on 1 June, while Iceland's sixth assignment of their campaign is the return of this fixture on home soil four days later.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.18CET

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Lineups

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Iceland

Iceland

1
AghayevSalahat Aghayev (GK)
1
A. MagnússonÁsgeir Thór Magnússon (GK)
2
QarayevQara Qarayev
2
MagnússonHordur Björgvin Magnússon
3
GuliyevTarlan Guliyev
3
Eyjólfsson Hólmar Eyjólfsson (C)
4
YunuszadeElvin Yunuszade
4
LaxdalJóhann Laxdal
Substitution73
6
SeyidovMirhüseyin Seyidov (C)
5
ValdimarssonThórarinn Valdimarsson
7
A. AbdullayevAraz Abdullayev
Yellow Card57
6
E. JónssonEgill Jónsson
Substitution61
9
HasanovOrkhan Hasanov
Yellow Card30
Substitution70
7
BödvarssonJón Dadi Bödvarsson
Yellow Card77
10
E. GuliyevEshgin Guliyev
8
MargeirssonFinnur Margeirsson
13
GokdemirAli Gokdemir
Goal41
9
SverrissonBjörn Sverrisson
15
GuluzadeAmit Guluzade
Substitution71
10
JóhannssonAron Jóhannsson
17
ImamverdiyevCavid Imamverdiyev
Substitution90+1
11
SnorrasonDofri Snorrason

Substitutes

12
UmarovOsman Umarov (GK)
12
PéturssonArnar Pétursson (GK)
5
MammadovNovruz Mammadov
18
ÓlafssonÁrni Ólafsson (GK)
8
MustafayevEmin Mustafayev
Substitution90+1
13
SigurjónssonAtli Sigurjónsson
16
TaghizadeRuslan Taghizade
14
ThórarinssonGudmundur Thórarinsson
Substitution61
19
AbasiyevAbdulla Abasiyev
Substitution71
15
SigurjónssonRúnar Már Sigurjónsson
21
HajiyevRahman Hajiyev
16
RagnarssonThorsteinn Már Ragnarsson
Substitution73
23
IsgandarovTural Isgandarov
Substitution70
17
GudjónssonBrynar Gudjónsson

Coach

Bernhard Lippert (GER) Tómas Tómasson (ISL)

Referee

Emir Alecković (BIH)

Assistant referees

Momir Širko (BIH), Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS)

Fourth official

Darko Obradović (BIH)

Legend:

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