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March 26, 2013 10:30 PM IST
Tofiq Bəhramov adına Respublika stadionu — Bakı (Baku)
Referee:‬ A. Marriner‎
Attendance:‬ 30000‎
 
 
Bruno Alves 63′
 
Hugo Almeida 79′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Azerbaijan 0-2 Portugal

Goal.com rates the players as Portugal secure a vital three points in Azerbaijan...

By Ben McAleer

  • Kamran Agayev
    2
    1
    3.00

    Kamran Agayev

    Foiled Portugal superbly until the 63rd minute opener. Kept out Postiga on numerous occasions and did not deserve to be on the losing side.

  • Maksim Medvedev
    1
    1
    2.00

    Maksim Medvedev

    Difference in quality between himself, Coentrao and Danny evident throughout his time on the pitch. Worked hard, but never really capable of denying the Portugal attack.

  • Mohir Shukurov
    1
    1
    2.00

    Mohir Shukurov

    Forced back into his own half to provide cover for Medvedev and never handed the opportunity to showcase his attacking talent.

  • Ruslan Abushev
    1
    1
    1.50

    Ruslan Abushev

    The quality between the Azerbaijan defence and Portugal attack was evident throughout the encounter and he really wasn't able to deny his Group F counterparts.

  • Rasim Ramaldanov
    1
    1
    2.00

    Rasim Ramaldanov

    Like Medvedev, struggled to halt the attacking intent of Pereira and Vieirinha and was regularly caught out by the Portuguese duo.

  • R.F. Sadıqov
    1
    1
    2.50

    R.F. Sadıqov

    Made a superb last ditch tackle to deny Postiga in the first half, but struggled with the movement of the Portugal attack.

  • Afran Ismayilov
    1
    1
    2.50

    Afran Ismayilov

    Showed plenty of energy in the times Azerbaijan looked to counter their Portuguese counterparts, but regularly stifled by Veloso in midfield.

  • Javid Huseynov
    1
    1
    2.00

    Javid Huseynov

    Spent more time in his own half providing cover for Ramaldanov then looking to attack Portugal. A frustrating evening for the Azerbaijan man.

  • Elvin Mammadov
    1
    0
    1.00

    Elvin Mammadov

    Non-existent in midfield as Moutinho ran the show. Struggled to contain the FC Porto midfielder and it was no shock to see him attain plenty of time and space in the middle of the park.

  • Rauf Aliyev
    1
    1
    1.00

    Rauf Aliyev

    Kept quiet throughout the encounter before his second half dismissal, making things more difficult for Azerbaijan.

  • Vugar Nadirov
    1
    1
    1.50

    Vugar Nadirov

    Attempted to link the play between the midfield and Aliyev, but was caught aiding his team defend, leaving the striker isolated. His evening was made tougher when Azerbaijan were reduced to 10 men.

Substitutions

  • Vladimir Levin
    1
    1
    2.00

    Vladimir Levin

    Brought on to shore up the defence following Aliyev's red card, but his inclusion only added to the pressure on the back line which eventually capitulated and succumbed to defeat.

  • Pardis Fardjad-Azad
    1
    0
    2.00

    Pardis Fardjad-Azad

    Replaced the ineffectual Mammadov midway through the second half, but could do little to deny the Portuguese victory.

  • Rui Patricio
    4
    2
    2.50

    Rui Patricio

    A very quiet evening for the Portugal number one, made all the more easier following Aliyev's second half red card.

  • Bruno Alves
    14
    1
    3.50

    Bruno Alves

    Struck the post with an almost perfect free kick in the first half before netting Portugal's opening midway through the second half to calm the nerves of the nation. Solid performance.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    12
    1
    3.00

    Fabio Coentrao

    Supported the attack superbly on the left flank and helped himself to an assist in the second half after picking out an unmarked Almeida at the back post with 10 minutes to go.

  • João Pereira
    5
    2
    3.00

    João Pereira

    Pushed forward well and could easily have added a third in stoppage time, but fired wide from close range. Solid defensively.

  • Pepe
    7
    2
    3.00

    Pepe

    A very quiet evening for the powerful defender, but will miss out on the crucial Group F encounter with Russia after picking up a booking.

  • Danny
    5
    2
    3.00

    Danny

    Replaced Valera in the attack and put in a fine performance. Regularly caused trouble on the left flank before his second half substitution.

  • Joao Moutinho
    10
    1
    4.00

    Joao Moutinho

    Pulled the strings in the middle of the park. Azerbaijan struggled to contain the FC Porto midfielder, who helped himself to an assist for Alves' header on the hour mark.

  • Miguel Veloso
    10
    1
    3.50

    Miguel Veloso

    Worked hard in the midfield and could have netted a free kick in the first half, only to see his curling effort drift agonisingly wide of the post. Solid, if not spectacular.

  • Raúl Meireles
    4
    2
    3.00

    Raúl Meireles

    Drew the foul that saw Aliyev handed his marching orders before dragging an effort wide moments later before his second half substitution. Vastly improved from Friday's 3-3 draw with Israel.

  • Vieirinha
    4
    1
    3.50

    Vieirinha

    Troublesome on the right and could easily have helped himself to a handful of assists had it not been for the exploits of Agayev in the Azerbaijan net. Regularly drove at the defence and proved to be a menace to the opposition.

  • Hélder Postiga
    3
    3
    3.00

    Hélder Postiga

    Could have easily had a hat trick had it not been for the exploits of Agayev and Sadygov. Like Meireles, put in a much improved shift on the Portugal frontline and was unlucky not to have helped himself to a goal before his second half withdrawal.

Substitutions

  • Custodio
    3
    2
    2.00

    Custodio

    Not enough time to make an impact.

  • Hugo Almeida
    6
    1
    3.00

    Hugo Almeida

    Replaced Meireles on the hour mark and grabbed himself a goal to secure Portugal a vital three points in Baku.

  • Silvestre Varela
    3
    2
    3.00

    Silvestre Varela

    Replaced Danny with a little over 15 minutes remaining and could've helped himself to a goal, only to fire his effort just wide. Lively during his cameo.

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