Qualifying round (Group F) - 07/06/2013 - 18:00CET (21:00 local time) - Dalga Stadium - Baku
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Bensi keeps Luxembourg level in Azerbaijan

Published: Friday 7 June 2013, 20.15CET
Azerbaijan 1-1 Luxembourg
Stefano Bensi earned the away side a point with a 79th-minute equaliser in Baku to leave both teams still seeking a first Group F win.
by Oqtay Atayev
Bensi keeps Luxembourg level in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan's Ruslan Abışov takes on the resilient Luxembourg defence in Baku ©Viktoriya Melnik

Match statistics

AzerbaijanLuxembourg

Goals scored1
 
1
Total attempts13
 
12
Attempts on target5
 
4
off target8
 
6
against woodwork2
 
0
Corners7
 
1
Offsides6
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed19
 
24
Fouls suffered24
 
19

Standings

Last updated: 25/07/2013 11:54 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Friday 7 June 2013, 20.15CET

Bensi keeps Luxembourg level in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan 1-1 Luxembourg
Stefano Bensi earned the away side a point with a 79th-minute equaliser in Baku to leave both teams still seeking a first Group F win.

Azerbaijan and Luxembourg are both still looking for their first win in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group F after they played out an entertaining draw in Baku.

Berti Vogts's home side had taken only three points from their first six qualifiers and passed up a number of chances to take the lead at the Dalga Stadium before finally breaking through with 19 minutes left through Ruslan Abışov. The advantage proved short-lived as Stefano Bensi brought the visitors level eight minutes later – and Azerbaijan were thankful to escape with a draw after substitute Branimir Subašić collected an 85th-minute red card.

With Cihan Özkara injured and fellow forwards Rauf Aliyev and Vüqar Nadirov suspended, the Azerbaijanis deployed 1. FC Kaiserslautern's Rüfat Dadaşov as a lone striker and consequently took time to settle. Once they did, Azerbaijan were denied by both crossbar and post before Dadaşov had a goal ruled out for offside; that was enough for visiting coach Luc Holtz to replace striker Maurice Deville with defender Tom Laterza on 27 minutes.

Luxembourg emerged a different team after half-time and Aurélien Joachim started to threaten. Vogt's charges had begun to look weary but were re-energised by Subašić's 62nd-minute introduction as a second striker. Nine minutes later Abışov headed in Araz Abdullayev's cross.

However, Luxembourg did not falter and soon equalised as Bensi found the far corner of the net with a long-range shot. Subašić was dismissed and Azerbaijan might have paid the price when Bensi was put clear; he failed to capitalise and each side had to make do with a point. They are both back in action on 6 September, Luxembourg journeying to Russia and Israel welcoming Azerbaijan.

Last updated: 08/06/13 1.49CET

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