Azerbaijan hold Scotland in check

Published: Tuesday 2 March 2010, 22.04CET
Scotland 2-2 Azerbaijan
Billy Stark's side missed the chance to pull clear of Austria at the top of Group 10 after being held at home by ten-man Azerbaijan in Falkirk.
Azerbaijan hold Scotland in check
Scotland U21 coach Billy Stark ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ScotlandAzerbaijan

Goals scored2
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
1
Goal attempts15
 
8
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners10
 
5
Fouls committed6
 
10

Matches

Published: Tuesday 2 March 2010, 22.04CET

Azerbaijan hold Scotland in check

Scotland 2-2 Azerbaijan
Billy Stark's side missed the chance to pull clear of Austria at the top of Group 10 after being held at home by ten-man Azerbaijan in Falkirk.

Scotland missed the chance to go clear at the top of Group 10 after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to Azerbaijan who picked up their first point in 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying despite playing for an hour with ten men.

Azerbaijan, who lost 4-0 to Scotland in Baku in November, surprised their hosts by taking the lead on 13 minutes when Nizami Hajiyev's low drive beat goalkeeper Alan Martin. Scotland hit back just after the half-hour. Tural Akhundov was sent off for handling Christopher Maguire's cross and the striker stepped up to fire in the resulting penalty.

Scotland struggled to make their man advantage tell and Azerbaijan regained the initiative on 65 minutes when Aaraz Abdullayev cut in from the left and curled a shot beyond Martin. Once again, though, their lead was wiped out, with substitute Leigh Griffiths heading in a minute later. The point moved Scotland level with Austria at the top of the section, but the result will feel like an opportunity missed for Billy Stark's side.

Last updated: 02/03/10 22.32CET

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Team profiles

Lineup

Scotland

Scotland

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

1Alan Martin (GK)1Salahat Aghayev (GK)
Yellow Card88'
2Paul Caddis (C)2Tural Akhundov
Red Card31'
3Brian Easton3Vurgun Huseynov
4Thomas Scobbie5Tarlan Guliyev
5Ross Perry7Araz Abdullayev
Goal65'
Substitution89'
6Paul Coutts
Yellow Card74'
Substitution76'
10Eshgin Guliyev
Yellow Card76'
Substitution79'
7Scott Arfield11Javid Huseynov (C)
8Kevin McDonald
Yellow Card90+4'
14Rahid Amirguliyev
9Christopher Maguire
Goal32'
15Amit Guluzade
10David Goodwillie
Substitution65'
16Mirhuseyn Seyidov
Substitution37'
11Jamie Murphy22Elgiz Karamli
Goal13'
Yellow Card70'

Substitutes

12Scott Gallacher (GK)12Agil Mammadov (GK)
13Christopher Mitchell4Novruz Mammadov
Substitution37'
Yellow Card62'
14Danny Wilson6Tagim Novruzov
15Stephen McGinn
Substitution76'
8Emin Mustafayev
Substitution89'
16Andrew Shinnie13Shahriyar Rahimov
Substitution79'
17Leigh Griffiths
Substitution65'
Goal66'
17Javid Imamverdiyev
18Rory Loy19Huseyn Akhundov

Coach

William Stark (SCO) Bernhard Lippert (GER)

Referee

Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Svein Inge Wiken (NOR)

Fourth official

Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

Legend:

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

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