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Resolute Levski hold Bakı at bay

Published: Tuesday 28 July 2009, 20.31CET
FK Bakı 0-0 PFC Levski Sofia
Despite plenty of chances for both sides, the Azerbaijani champions and their Bulgarian counterparts played out a stalemate in Baku.
by Abbas Zakhidi
from Baku
Resolute Levski hold Bakı at bay
Bakı's players had to be satisfied with a first-leg home draw against Levski ©azerifootball.com

Match statistics

BakıLevski

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts11
 
4
on target11
 
4
off target0
 
0
st_blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
2
Offsides2
 
5
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
14
Fouls suffered13
 
5
Passes0
 
0
completed0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 28 July 2009, 20.31CET

Resolute Levski hold Bakı at bay

FK Bakı 0-0 PFC Levski Sofia
Despite plenty of chances for both sides, the Azerbaijani champions and their Bulgarian counterparts played out a stalemate in Baku.

Despite plenty of chances for both sides, FK Bakı and PFC Levski Sofia could not find the net as their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first leg ended goalless.

Petkov unbeaten
The home team came into the tie after a four-goal second-half blitz accounted for FK Ekranas in the previous round and although they tested visiting goalkeeper Georgi Petkov, they could not make the breakthrough. Levski will host next week's decider with the slight edge after keeping the Azerbaijani champions at bay in Baku.

Changes
With first-choice goalkeeper Khalidou Sissokho and influential captain Bavhtiyar Soltanov suspended, Bakı coach Gjokica Hadzievski was forced into making two changes from the lineup that started against Ekranas. With a play-off berth at stake, both sides contributed to a nervy opening and the first real chance did not come until the 32nd minute when Bakı's Deniran Ortega headed wide.

Late chances
The hosts received a big blow three minutes after the break when striker Felix Felipe Almeida was substituted following an accidental collision with Levski's Cédric Bardon. The game had opened up by this point and the visitors went close on a number of occasions while at the other end, Petkov could only parry Amiran Mujiri's 55th-minute free-kick. Felipe's replacement, William Rocha Batista, mis-hit a 73rd-minute effort before heading straight at a grateful Petkov with time running out. In the fifth minute of added time, Bakı almost secured an advantage for the second leg when an unusual mistake from Petkov gave Fabio Luis Ramim a clear sight of goal but the Brazilian striker could not convert the home team's best opportunity of the game.

Last updated: 29/07/09 10.55CET

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Lineups

bakı

Bakı

levski

Levski

1
ŠarlijaMarko Šarlija (GK)
1
G. PetkovGeorgi Petkov (GK) (C)
2
Rafael BarbosaRafael Barbosa
3
MilanovZhivko Milanov
4
BoreţVadim Boreţ
5
RabehYoussef Rabeh
Yellow Card23
5
BatezStevan Batez
Yellow Card90+1
8
SarmovGeorgi Sarmov
7
M.GurbanovMakhmud Gurbanov (C)
Substitution82
10
YovovHristo Yovov
Substitution72
8
SkulicErnad Skulic
11
TopuzakovElin Topuzakov
9
FelipeFelipe
Substitution51
14
V. MinevVeselin Minev
10
MujiriAmiran Mujiri
Yellow Card32
Substitution68
17
Deniran OrtegaDeniran Ortega
Substitution78
12
PérezFernando Pérez
21
Zé SoaresZé Soares
32
SavinovAlexei Savinov
27
BardonCédric Bardon
Substitution90+5
77
ŠojićAleksandar Šojić
45
GadzhevVladimir Gadzhev

Substitutes

13
Ag. MammadovAgil Mammadov (GK)
12
MitrevBozhidar Mitrev (GK)
3
AmirbayovRafael Amirbayov
2
GenevViktor Genev
Substitution90+5
20
FábioFábio
Substitution82
15
BenzoukaneChakib Benzoukane
21
TomovskiAleksandar Tomovski
24
N. DimitrovNikolay Dimitrov
Substitution78
30
William BatistaWilliam Batista
Substitution51
25
Lucio WagnerLucio Wagner
33
YunisoğluSaša Yunisoğlu
55
MilievYordan Miliev
55
AdamiaGiorgi Adamia
Substitution68
99
G. HristovGeorgi Hristov
Substitution72

Coach

Gjokica Hadzievski (MKD) Ratko Dostanić (SRB)

Referee

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR), Svein Inge Wiken (NOR)

Fourth official

Kristoffer Helgerud (NOR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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