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Portugal press on with Azerbaijan win

Published: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 15.45CET
Azerbaijan 0-2 Portugal
Second-half goals from Rafa Silva and Ivan Cavaleiro made it three wins in three Group 8 fixtures for Rui Jorge's squad.
by Teymur Maksutov
from Bayil Stadium
Portugal press on with Azerbaijan win
Portugal's Ricardo (left) gets away from Tarlan Guliyev of Azerbaijan ©Leyla Sattarova

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Published: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 15.45CET

Portugal press on with Azerbaijan win

Azerbaijan 0-2 Portugal
Second-half goals from Rafa Silva and Ivan Cavaleiro made it three wins in three Group 8 fixtures for Rui Jorge's squad.

Portugal continued to make serene progress through UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying, second-half goals from Rafa Silva and Ivan Cavaleiro earning a third win from as many Group 8 fixtures in Azerbaijan.

Having already defeated Norway 5-1 and, on Friday, Israel 3-0 at home, Rui Jorge's team were quick to assume control in Baku. Their first-half pressure failed to yield reward but Silva broke the deadlock early in the second period, Cavaleiro adding his second goal of the qualifying campaign shortly past the hour.

The opening goalscorer had had the best chance of the first 45 minutes, failing to beat Andriy Popovich when one-on-one with the home goalkeeper, but there was to be no such reprieve for Azerbaijan seven minutes after half-time. Although Popovich kept out Ricardo's initial effort, Silva reacted before any of the defenders to follow up and open the scoring.

With Azerbaijan forced to take more risks, the points were wrapped up 12 minutes later with a swift Portuguese counterattack. Again Popovich was left exposed and this time the goalkeeper was beaten, Cavaleiro keeping his head to make it two. Portugal therefore have nine points ahead of next month's trip to Israel.

"We tried to play on the counterattack, and in the first half that brought us some success," said Azerbaijan captain Mirhuseyin Seyidov, whose team next visit the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on 15 November. "Portugal were very strong opponents but we played some decent football. We have more games and we'll be able to pick up points from them."

Last updated: 05/06/15 7.35CET

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Lineups

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Portugal

Portugal

1
PopovichAndriy Popovich (GK)
22
José SáJosé Sá (GK)
2
AlkhasovSlavik Alkhasov
3
Tiago IloriTiago Ilori
3
GuliyevTarlan Guliyev
4
Paulo OliveiraPaulo Oliveira
4
AbbasovUrfan Abbasov
7
Ricardo EsgaioRicardo Esgaio
6
AhmadovHaji Ahmadov
8
William CarvalhoWilliam Carvalho (C)
9
RamazanovAgabala Ramazanov
Substitution76
9
Rafa SilvaRafa Silva
Goal53
10
AbatsiyevAbdulla Abatsiyev
Yellow Card37
11
Raphael GuerreiroRaphael Guerreiro
11
EratTugrul Erat
15
RicardoRicardo
Substitution65
14
AlakbarovIlqar Alakbarov
Substitution61
19
Tiago SilvaTiago Silva
Substitution78
18
TashkinIlter Tashkin
Yellow Card90+2
20
Ivan CavaleiroIvan Cavaleiro
Goal64
19
SeyidovMirhüseyin Seyidov (C)
Substitution87
21
Sérgio OliveiraSérgio Oliveira
Yellow Card70
Substitution71

Substitutes

22
SadigliOrkhan Sadigli (GK)
12
Luís RibeiroLuís Ribeiro (GK)
7
E. AbdullayevElshan Abdullayev
Substitution61
5
Luís MartinsLuís Martins
15
EyubovRashad Eyubov
10
Luís GustavoLuís Gustavo
Substitution78
16
V. AbdullayevVadim Abdullayev
Substitution87
13
BetinhoBetinho
Substitution65
17
Novruzov Nurlan Novruzov
Substitution76
14
João MárioJoão Mário
20
Huseynov Kamil Huseynov
17
TozéTozé
23
SanliFatih Sanli
18
Bernardo SilvaBernardo Silva
Substitution71

Coach

Bernhard Lippert (GER) Rui Jorge (POR)

Referee

Antti Munukka (FIN)

Assistant referees

Matti Heininen (FIN), Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)

Fourth official

Mattias Gestranius (FIN)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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