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  • 27 February 2012
  • • 19:00
  • • The Sevens Stadium, Dubayy (Dubai)
  • Referee: Hamad Al Shaikh Hashmi
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  • However the strategy of playing long balls and bypassing the midfield certainly did not work for India...as the tall Azerbaijan defenders had no trouble dealing with the India front two.
  • However, vastly superior performance in the 2nd half from The Blue Tigers but the lack of adequate firepower upfront cost India. The two centre-backs looked composed in defense.
  • And the freekick was the last action of the match, as its Full Time and India lose 0-3
  • 90' + 2'
    SubstitutionFrancis Fernandes Lester Fernandez
  • 90' + 2'
    And Nabi is now fouled as India look to break...
  • 90' + 1'
    Sadukov loses the ball and India breaks with 5 blue shirts.. but fouled.
  • 90'
    SubstitutionAdil Ahmed Khan Lenny Rodrigues
  • 89'
    SubstitutionAdil Ahmed Khan Lenny Rodrigues
  • 89'
    India fail to take the ball from the feet of the Azerbaijan players...when they do they play it aimlessly in front..
  • 88'
    Gouramangi shields the ball well...as the Azerbaijan striker was almost through,,,
  • 87'
    SubstitutionRuslan Abushev Badavi Guseynov
  • 87'
    The long ball strategy is not working as Gouramangi hits another long ball beyond Sushil...
  • 86'
    And India break through Nabi down the right, but disappointing final pass easily blocked..
  • 85'
    SubstitutionJaoquim Abranches Manandeep Singh
  • 85'
    India looking to press to get atleast a consolation goal but the Azerbaijan defense is content to play the ball among themselves.
  • 84'
    Goal Nizami Hajiyev
  • 84'
    Assist Vugar Nadirov
  • 84'
    Goal Nizami Hajiyev
    And the substitute Hajiyev scores. Instant impact from substitute. Assisted by the goalscorer Vuqar Nadirov. Gooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaallll
  • 83'
    SubstitutionRail Melikov Arif Daşdämirov
  • 83'
    Snapshot from Hajiyev from just outside the penalty box. Just to the right of Subhashish but he had it covered.
  • 82'
    Ralte comes on to give India some more energy in place of Ralte who worked his heart out.
  • 81'
    SubstitutionReisangmi Vashum Lalrindika Ralte
  • 80'
    SubstitutionReisangmi Vashum Lalrindika Ralte
  • 77'
    Good ball into the box cleared by Rahim Nabi for a corner
  • 75'
    The Blue Tigers showing some spark in attack but mispasses ruining all the good work....
  • 73'
    Gouramangi thwarts another potential Azerbaijan attack. Much better organization in the backline...
  • 70'
    The tempo has visibly slowed down. India's defence has looked improved in the second half...
  • 68'
    SubstitutionManish Maithani J. Raja
  • 66'
    Goes out for a corner! India cannot make the corner count either
  • 64'
    Sushil wins a freekick in a dangerous area for India. Just outside the box....
  • 63'
    SubstitutionVugar Asgarov Nizami Hajiyev
  • 62'
    Azerbaijan again keeping the ball well but finding it tougher to get past the defence...
  • 59'
    Viktoria Sadiqov shoots over under no pressure whatsoever from the edge of the box. Should have atleast hit the target
  • 57'
    Azerbaijan yet again takeover possession in midfield. Trying to re-establish their authority
  • 56'
    SubstitutionM. Şükürov Afran Ismayilov
  • 53'
    India enjoying some real possession now and are causing trouble in Azerbaijan's box
  • 51'
    India with their first chance! Good cross by Francis and Abranches's header palmed over by Kamran Agayev!!
  • 47'
    Two goals down...can India make a comeback?
  • 46'
    And the second half is underway.....
  • 45' + 1'
    And that is halftime! India down 2-0 versus Azerbaijan. Big problems in defence and never once looked threatening in attack. Join me, Ayush Srivastava for the second half in around 15 minutes.....
  • 45'
    Another freekick to the hosts. Just wide....
  • 43'
    Penalty Goal Mohir Shukurov
    GOAL!! Shukurov again!..this time from the PENALTY spot after he himself was bought down by Raju Gaikwad in the box. He got up and slotted the ball into the left bottom corner from the spot. 2-0!!
  • 42'
    Yellow Card Raju Gaikwad
  • 42'
    Penalty Goal M. Şükürov
  • 42'
    Yellow Card Raju Gaikwad
  • 41'
    Shukurov misses a golden chance to double his country's tally for the game. Straight at the keeper when one on one with Roychowdhury and with plenty of time to pick his spot
  • 40'
    Aliyev giving Gurjinder a roasting on the right wing. Dribbles past him as if he isn't there, drifts inwards but fails to find a fellow forward
  • 38'
    Corner to Azerbaijan and a good delivery from it into the box but the referee blows his whistle for a foul on an Indian defender...
  • 36'
    India enjoying some possession. Vashum puts a decent ball into the box but the Blue Tigers cannot capitalize
  • 33'
    India trying to press further ahead but Berti Vogts side are just too quick for them...
  • 30'
    Francis gains possession after Azerbaijan give it away loosely but India takes too much time in midfield and the momentum is lost...should have been quicker there!
  • 28'
    Rauf Aliyev picks out his fellow forward brilliantly but Gouramangi clears....
  • 26'
    Good ball towards Francis but Melikov's speed bails him out as he heads the ball away for a throw...
  • 25'
    India still settling into the game. For a team preparing for a major tournament, they look rather rusty....
  • 20'
    Brilliant work by the Azerbaijan wing-back. Dribbles past Nabi and Gaikwad before deliviring a great ball into the box. Unluckily for him no one at the end of it
  • 17'
    The tempo has visibly slowed down. There is also a complete lack of an atmosphere with the stadium completely empty....
  • 15'
    Adil Khan wins a freekick. India try to take it quickly...and hit it straight into the welcoming hands of the keeper
  • 12'
    Great save by Subhasish!! stellar cross by Shukurov, and the shot at the end of it was headed for goal before the Dempo keeper intervened
  • 9'
    Nice build-up by India there but Francis' touch was lacking....
  • 8'
    At this moment India cannot even string together two passes. All the balls forward going straight to Berti Vogts side...
  • 6'
    India shellshocked by that goal....need to recover now.
  • 4'
    Goal Vugar Nadirov
  • 3'
    Goal Vugar Nadirov
    GOAL!! And Azerbaijan go ahead...sloppy clearance by Subhasish straight to their midfielder who slips in Vuqar Nadirov who makes no mistake in slotting the ball past the keeper....
  • 1'
    India with some possession but then the hosts attack on the counter and Subhasish had to come out to smother the danger
  • 1'
    India kick us off....
  • Azerbaijan Lineup - 1. Kamran Aghayev 2 Millimizin start. Rail Məlikov 3. Aqil Nəbiyev 4. Mahir Shukurov 6. Viktoria Sadiqov 11. Rauf Aliyev 13. Haji Ahmadov 14. Viktoria Sadigov (k) 15. Ruslan Abışov 17. Vüqar Nadirov 26. Vüqar Asgarov
  • And we are set to get underway here....
  • And the national anthems for both the countries are playing now.. first India's and now Azerbaijan's..
  • Young faces the likes of Manish Maithani, Raju Gaikwad might suggest India will run a lot today and compete..
  • With captain Samir Naik not selected for the match, Gouramangi Singh wears the captain's armband..
  • Can India bounce back from a disappointing 1-5 defeat last time around against Oman?
  • Lineups For India (4-4-2) Subhasish; Nabi, Gouramangi (c), Raju Gaikwad, Gurjinder Singh; R Vashum, Manish Maithani, Adil Khan, Francis Fernandes; Sushil Singh, Joaquim Abranches
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