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Azerbaijan dent Israel's play-off hopes

Published: Wednesday 3 September 2014, 18.45CET
Azerbaijan 3-0 Israel
Rahman Hajiyev scored a pair in Baku as the hosts inflicted a heavy blow on the visitors' play-off chances.
by Abbas Zahidi
from Dalga Stadium
Azerbaijan dent Israel's play-off hopes
Dor Mikha hit the post for Israel ©AFP/Getty Images

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Published: Wednesday 3 September 2014, 18.45CET

Azerbaijan dent Israel's play-off hopes

Azerbaijan 3-0 Israel
Rahman Hajiyev scored a pair in Baku as the hosts inflicted a heavy blow on the visitors' play-off chances.

Israel's hopes of securing a UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off spot suffered a significant blow as they fell to a Group 8 defeat by Azerbaijan in Baku.

With Portugal already confirmed winners of the section, Michael Nees's visitors were hoping to get a win which would help them clinch one of four best runners-up places available, but Agabala Ramazanov's opener for the hosts put Israel on the back foot. Rahman Hajiyev scored his first on 31 minutes to double the lead, before completing the scoring three minutes from time to take Azerbaijan off the foot of the group and leave Israel's prospects on the brink.

Having beaten the same opponents 7-2 on home soil just under a year ago, the away team started confidently and almost went ahead when Dor Mikha shot against the post from the edge of the area with 19 minutes on the clock. However, three minutes later it was Bernhard Lippert's side who were celebrating after Ramazanov spotted Barak Levi off his line and lobbed the Israel goalkeeper from 30 metres.

Hajiyev doubled the advantage with an outstanding free-kick soon after the half-hour and that took the wind out of the Israeli sails. Abdulla Abatsiyev somehow failed to supply a third from two metres with 28 minutes remaining, though Hajiyev made no mistake in the closing stages, firing in Ilter Tashkin's cross from the left.

Last updated: 04/06/15 4.29CET

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Lineups

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Israel

Israel

1
MagomedaliyevShakhrudin Magomedaliyev (GK)
Yellow Card69
1
LeviBarak Levi (GK)
3
GuliyevTarlan Guliyev (C)
2
DasaEliazer Dasa (C)
Substitution76
4
AbbasovUrfan Abbasov
4
GotlibEdi Gotlib
5
S. AliyevShahriyar Aliyev
Yellow Card24
5
VahabaBen Vahaba
7
TashkinIlter Tashkin
8
MizrachiOfir Mizrachi
Substitution53
9
RamazanovAgabala Ramazanov
Goal22
Substitution83
9
SaiefKenneth Saief
Substitution46
10
AbatsiyevAbdulla Abatsiyev
10
DabburMunas Dabbur
11
EratTugrul Erat
Substitution71
13
TwathaTaleb Twatha
15
Alaskarov Namik Alaskarov
Substitution79
14
KindaGizacho Gadi Kinda
19
HajiyevRahman Hajiyev
Goal31
Goal87
15
MikhaDor Mikha
20
SalahliAzer Salahli
19
KehatRoi Kehat

Substitutes

12
VailoMaksym Vailo (GK)
18
StrausRam Straus (GK)
13
HasanalizadaBakhtiyar Hasanalizada
6
ReichertBen Reichert
14
KurbanovMagomed Kurbanov
7
AzamAhed Azam
16
MasimovSamir Masimov
Substitution79
11
HirshShahar Hirsh
Substitution46
17
EyubovRashad Eyubov
Substitution83
17
L. CohenLidor Cohen
Substitution53
18
V. AbdullayevVadim Abdullayev
Substitution71
20
KhilaTal Khila
23
IsayevMagsad Isayev
21
SebaDia Seba
Substitution76

Coach

Bernhard Lippert (GER) Michael Nees (GER)

Referee

Andris Treimanis (LVA)

Assistant referees

Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA), Raimonds Tatriks (LVA)

Fourth official

Vitālijs Spasjoņņikovs (LVA)

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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