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Albania and Azerbaijan finish with nothing

Published: Wednesday 10 September 2008, 2.45CET
Albania 0-0 Azerbaijan
Bookings outnumbered chances on goal as Albania and Azerbaijan ended their Under-21 qualifying campaigns with an ill-tempered draw.
Albania and Azerbaijan finish with nothing
Xhevahir Sukaj was shown the only red card of the game ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 10 September 2008, 2.45CET

Albania and Azerbaijan finish with nothing

Albania 0-0 Azerbaijan
Bookings outnumbered chances on goal as Albania and Azerbaijan ended their Under-21 qualifying campaigns with an ill-tempered draw.

Bookings were more common than chances on goal as Albania and Azerbaijan ended their UEFA European Under-21 Championship campaigns with an ill-tempered draw.

Sukaj dismissed
Nine cards were shown in the course of the game, with Albania's Xhevahir Sukaj receiving the only red one after 65 minutes for an untidy challenge from behind. The Gençlerbirligi SK striker, 20, had been the most industrious player on the pitch up until that point with two shots on goal, and the game fizzled out in his absence, with Azerbaijan picking up only their third Group 1 point.

Coach nettled
"It was very hard to raise and control the pace of the match when the players spent more time arguing than playing," said Albania coach Artan Bushati, whose side finished fourth in the section. Azerbaijan drew twice with Albania during the campaign, and Sukaj added: "We have played well against Azerbaijan, but for some reasons they have played their best against us ."

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