Stadion Luzhniki - Moscow 16/10/2012 - 17:00CET (19:00 local time)

Qualifying round - Group F

Russia - Azerbaijan
1-0
 

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Russia leave it late to see off Azerbaijan

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 19.45CET
Russia 1-0 Azerbaijan
Roman Shirokov's cool spot kick six minutes from time maintained the home side's flawless start to FIFA World Cup qualifying Group F.
by Denis Novitsky
Russia leave it late to see off Azerbaijan
Roman Shirokov is congratulated after scoring the winner ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Russia
Azerbaijan

1

Goals scored

0

20

Total attempts

2

7

Attempts on target

0

10

off target

2

0

blocked

0

1

against woodwork

0

8

Corners

4

2

Offsides

6

1

Yellow cards

4

0

Red Cards

0

5

Fouls committed

21

16

Fouls suffered

5

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 21:04 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 19.45CET

Russia leave it late to see off Azerbaijan

Russia 1-0 Azerbaijan
Roman Shirokov's cool spot kick six minutes from time maintained the home side's flawless start to FIFA World Cup qualifying Group F.

Though his team were given a stern test throughout, Roman Shirokov's penalty six minutes from time earned Russia a fourth consecutive victory in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group F at the expense of Azerbaijan.

If anyone doubted Russia's credentials, those suspicions were dispelled when they overcame Portugal 1-0 on Friday. Building on that eye-catching win, the hosts dominated proceedings in Moscow and eventually broke Azerbaijan's brave resistance courtesy of Shirokov's late penalty.

Berti Vogts's charges had started with intent, forcing four corners in the opening eight minutes, before Russia's technical proficiency came to the fore. Aleksandr Kokorin led the charge, curling an effort narrowly wide, before visiting goalkeeper Kamran Agayev repelled Dmitri Kombarov's thunderous volley. Aleksandr Kerzhakov struck the crossbar on the half-hour mark as Russia's relentless surge continued, while Azerbaijan attempted to stem the flow by harrying and hectoring their opponents.

The pattern of play seldom changed after the restart with Agayev on hand to prevent Branimir Subašić putting through his own net. Ten minutes later Vladimir Bystrov passed up the opportunity to shoot when well-placed in front of goal. His hesitancy sparked Fabio Capello's men into life and they were finally rewarded with the goal their possession merited on 84 minutes.

Bystrov was the catalyst, charging free before being upended in the area by Maksim Medvedev. Shirokov converted the ensuing penalty with nonchalant ease to end Azerbaijan's bold stand and maintain Russia's flawless opening to Group F. They resume their campaign when they travel to Northern Ireland on 23 March.

Last updated: 08/05/14 7.06CET

Related information

Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/worldcup/season=2014/matches/round=2000294/match=2008689/postmatch/report/index.html#russia+leave+late

Lineups

Russia

Russia

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

1Igor Akinfeev (GK)1Kamran Agayev (GK)
Yellow Card43
4Sergei Ignashevich4Mahir Shukurov (C)
7Igor Denisov (C)7Vagif Javadov
Yellow Card32
9Aleksandr Kokorin8Aleksandr Chertoganov
Substitution84
11Aleksandr Kerzhakov
Substitution79
9Cihan Özkara
14Vasili Berezutski
Yellow Card57
10Branimir Subašić
Substitution63
15Roman Shirokov
Goal84
13Ali Gokdemir
19Aleksandr Samedov
Substitution62
15Ruslan Abışov
20Viktor Fayzulin
Substitution46
17Vüqar Nadirov
Yellow Card38
Substitution46
22Andrei Eschenko18Maksim Medvedev
Yellow Card14
23Dmitri Kombarov21Vladimir Levin

Substitutes

12Vladimir Gabulov (GK)12Anar Nazirov (GK)
13Anton Shunin (GK)23Salahat Agayev (GK)
2Maksim Grigoryev2Badavi Guseynov
3Vladimir Granat3Agil Nabiyev
5Renat Yanbaev5Murad Agaev
8Denis Glushakov
Substitution46
6Elhad Naziri
10Alan Dzagoev
Substitution79
11Rauf Aliyev
Substitution84
16Diniyar Bilyaletdinov16Cavid Hüseynov
Substitution46
17Artem Dzyuba19Rahid Amirguliyev
Substitution63
18Vladimir Bystrov
Substitution62
21Dmitri Tarasov

Coach

Fabio Capello (ITA) Berti Vogts (GER)

Referee

Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)

Assistant referees

Marjan Kirovski (MKD), Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)

Fourth official

Jovan Kaludjerović (MNE)

Legend:

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

See also

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