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

Lineups

Russia

Russia

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

1Akinfeev (GK)1K. Agayev (GK)
43
4Ignashevich4Shukurov (C)
7Denisov (C)7Javadov
32
9Kokorin8Chertoganov
84
11Kerzhakov
79
9Cihan Özkara
14V. Berezutski
57
10Subašić
63
15Shirokov
84
13Gokdemir
19Samedov
62
15Abışov
20Fayzulin
46
17Nadirov
38
46
22Eschenko18Medvedev
14
23D. Kombarov21Levin

Substitutes

12Gabulov (GK)12Nazirov (GK)
13Shunin (GK)23S. Agayev (GK)
2Grigoryev2Guseynov
3Granat3Nabiyev
5Yanbaev5Agaev
8Glushakov
46
6Naziri
10Dzagoev
79
11R. Aliyev
84
16Bilyaletdinov16C. Hüseynov
46
17Dzyuba19Amirguliyev
63
18Bystrov
62
21Tarasov

Coaches

Fabio Capello (ITA) Berti Vogts (GER)

Referee

Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)

Press kits

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

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