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88'
João Palhinha
Rúben Neves
88'
Sérgio Oliveira
Bernardo Silva
81'
Bruno Fernandes
Yellow Card
52'
M. Emreli
Yellow Card
37'
M. Medvedev
Own Goal
1 - 0

Match Stats

Possession
66% 33%
8
2
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 14 0
Total Passes 732 373
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Portugal POR Portugal 5 4 1 0 11 4 +7 13 W W W D W
2 Serbia SRB Serbia 5 3 2 0 12 7 +5 11 D W W D W
3 Luxembourg LUX Luxembourg 4 2 0 2 5 8 -3 6 L W L W
4 Republic of Ireland IRL Republic of Ireland 5 0 2 3 5 8 -3 2 D D L L L
5 Azerbaijan AZE Azerbaijan 5 0 1 4 3 9 -6 1 L D L L L

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Portugal could have shown more composure in the final third on occasions, but they cannot get too hung up on the scoreline. They got their qualifying campaign off to a winning start, and they need to regroup ahead of their trip to Serbia this weekend, while Azerbaijan face Qatar in a friendly.
Portugal open their World Cup qualifying campaign with a victory, but they have to settle for a 1-0 scoreline in Turin. Medvedev's own goal was the difference in the end, but that was not due to Portugal's lack of effort. Santos' side had numerous chances in both halves to score, but Mahammadaliyev was able to keep the likes of Ruben Neves, Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Ronaldo and Fernandes at bay. Nuriyev missed Azerbaijan's only big chance, but they will take pride from tonight's scoreline.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME - PORTUGAL 1-0 AZERBAIJAN.
90' + 2' Ronaldo plays in Joao Felix, but he is the latest player to be denied by Mahammadaliyev. The Atletico Madrid frontman went for power, and the Azerbaijan keeper did well to get low and stop his effort.
90' Three minutes of stoppage time to come!
João Palhinha
Rúben Neves
88' Ruben Neves also makes way, with Goncalves getting a few minutes to catch the eye.
Sérgio Oliveira
Bernardo Silva
88' Another sub from Santos as Porto midfielder Sergio Oliveira replaces Bernardo Silva. 
85' RONALDO! The former Real Madrid forward continues his personal battle with Mahammadaliyev, with the Azerbaijan keeper saving his latest free-kick attempt. Ronaldo went with power and looked to have the ball dipping under the crossbar, but Mahammadaliyev moved quickly to thwart him.
R. Şeydayev
A. Ghorbani
85' Seydayev is also introduced, with Ghorbani given an early rest.
N. Ələsgərov
M. Emreli
85' Emreli also makes way, with Alasgarov getting five minutes to impress.
A. Isaev
E. Mahmudov
84' Three more subs for Azerbaijan as Mahmudov makes way for Isaev.
Bruno Fernandes
Yellow Card
81' Fernandes is shown a yellow card after kicking out on the floor just after being fouled. He has accepted his punishment and will now get ready to take the free-kick.
78' WHAT A SAVE!!!! Mahammadaliyev is the sole reason this game is still 1-0, and he makes another brilliant stop to deny Fernandes. Portugal launched a direct attack, with Ronaldo squeezing in between two defenders before playing in Fernandes. The midfielder did everything right by opening up his body, but the Azerbaijan keeper somehow keeps him at bay with a flying save. 
João Félix
André Silva
75' Santos makes another change, with Andre Silva replaced by Joao Felix.
74' Fernandes registers his first shot of the night, but he cannot find a way past Mahammadaliyev, who does not have to move to make a simple save!
72' OVER! A mix-up at the back gifts Azerbaijan their first shooting opportunity as Lopes leaves his goal wide open after punching the ball clear. Nuriyev picked up the pieces but failed to capitalise as he blazed the ball over the crossbar!
70' Mahammadaliyev has to be the leading candidate for man of the match so far. He has been brilliant for Azerbaijan. 
69' RONALDO! The Juventus ace nearly converts a corner with a smart volley, only to see Mahammadaliyev deny him at the far post. 
67' SAVE! Bernardo Silva forces another stop out of Mahammadaliyev in the Azerbaijan goal, but his left-footed strike is straight down his throat, and it remains 1-0.
Rafa Silva
Pedro Neto
63' Santos makes another change as Neto is replacedd by Rafa Silva.
60' Portugal are not having it their own way in the second half; they have conceded a few sloppy free-kicks when trying to break forward and score.
57' Azerbaijan are still on the back foot, but Mahammadaliyev has not had as much to do so far in the second half
54' Ronaldo sees his second successive free-kick blocked, this time for a corner!
54' The wall does its job but Portugal win another free-kick as the referee claims one of their defenders used their hand!
53' This free-kick is in Ronaldo's territory...
M. Emreli
Yellow Card
52' Emreli tries to win the ball but clips Neves and concedes a free-kick, with the referee also handing him a yellow card.
49' What a nice selection headache for Santos to have, with Manchester United ace, Fernandes, now looking to impress off the bench.
46' We are back underway!
Bruno Fernandes
João Moutinho
46' Santos also turns to his bench as Fernandes enters the fray, with Moutinho the one to come off.
A. Nuriyev
A. Hüseynov
46' Nuriev also comes on for Azerbaijan, with Huseynov making way.
İ. İbrahimli
V. Mustafayev
46' De Biasi turns to his bench at the break as Mustafayev is replaced by İbrahimli.
This was always going to be a tough night for Azerbaijan due to the gulf in class, but they have never given up and battled for every ball. As the game goes on, the goals should come for Portugal, and if they do, then Santos can start to tweak his team with further fixtures on the horizon.
Medvedev's own goal separates the two teams at the break, but Portugal will feel hard done by after a dominant display. Mahammadaliyev has made five or six important saves to keep his team in the match, even playing on through the pain barrier after going down injured halfway through the first half. In the end, it was his poor punch that hit Medvedev before going into the back of the net. Ronaldo, Andre Silva and Pedro Neto have caught the eye for Portugal inside the first 45 minutes.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME - PORTUGAL 1-0 AZERBAIJAN.
45' After two injury breaks, we now have three minutes of stoppage to come in Turin.
44' Despite their best efforts, Portugal fail to test Mahammadaliyev from the resulting set-piece.
43' Ronaldo wins a corner after his shot on the edge of the box takes a wicked deflection.
41' Portugal have enjoyed 74 per cent possession so far, and that stat may improve as Azerbaijan's defence gets tired.
40' Portugal were not expecting to need an Azerbaijan player to score for them, but they will take it. With the way this game has gone so far, it should be the first of many for Santos' men.
M. Medvedev
Own Goal
37' GOAAALLL!!! PORTUGAL 1-0 AZERBAIJAN - Medvedev scores an own goal to hand Portugal the lead, but he is desperately unlucky. Mahammadaliyev came flying off his line to clear a cross, but punched the ball into the right-back. With the goal wide open, nobody for Azerbaijan was in a position to stop it trickling into the goal.
35' Mahammadaliyev is going to continue for the time being! 
34' Mahammadaliyev makes a simple save to deny Cancelo, and he appears to be suggesting he needs to come off with a muscle injury. He has booted the ball into touch, and we have a break in play. 
32' Azerbaijan are yet to take the ball into Portugal's half, and Lopes is likely to be very bored in the opposite goal. 
30' CANCELO! The Man City defender drills the ball over the crossbar from a tight angle, and he feels the wrath of Ronaldo, who claims he should have passed him the ball rather than shoot, and he might have a point judging by the replays. 
28' It remains goalless, but Portugal have shared the possession around their entire team. Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Ronaldo and Neves have all had chances, and nobody is trying to hog the limelight for themselves. 
26' WIDE!!!! Portugal come within inches of opening the scoring, but Duarte's header is tipped wide for a corner. The centre-back attacked the ball from a set-piece at the near post, but Azerbaijan did enough to keep them at bay.
23' Ronaldo tries to score with his head yet again, but his latest effort is tame and flies straight into Mahammadaliyev's hands.
22' Despite having all the possession, Portugal have yet to find their shooting boots with Ronaldo, the latest player to miss. The Juventus ace, playing on his home ground, climbed above his marker at the back post but could only head the ball into the stands.
21' After receiving treatment from the physios, Mahammadaliyev is OK to continue after that nasty collision. 
19' WIDE!!! Ronaldo creates a great opportunity for Duarte to score as his lofted throughball evades everyone in the Azerbaijan box. Duarte brought the ball down and volleyed towards goal, but he could not find the back of the net, and he caught Mahammadaliyev with his boot in the process.
18' It should only be a matter of time before Portugal score, rather than if they can. Santos' team look confident, and they are making Azerbaijan work very hard inside the opening 20 minutes. 
15' Azerbaijan have managed to stop the flow of Portugal attacks momentarily, but it will not be long before Santos' men find their groove again.
12' OVER! Andre Silva is the latest Portugal player to try his luck, but the centre forward gets underneath an attempted header and sees his attempt fly over the crossbar.
11' CLOSE! Cancelo now tries his luck from outside the box, with his left-footed curling effort forcing a save out of Mahammadaliyev. The Azerbaijan keeper did well to push the ball out for a throw-in.
10' OFF THE BAR!!! Neves stings the palms of Mahammadaliyev from range before the keeper tips the ball into the air and onto the crossbar! Portugal had nobody in the box to pounce and the visitors cleared the danger.
7' It comes as no surprise, but Portugal are dictating possession and forcing Azerbaijan back to the edge of their own box.
5' BLOCK! Bernardo Silva lets fly from the edge of the box, only to see his shot blocked by an Azerbaijan defender. Santos' side appealed for a penalty for handball, but the officials waved away their protests. 
3' Serbia, the Republic of Ireland and Luxembourg are also in Group A with these two sides, but the latter are not in action this evening. 
1' We are underway in Turin!  
Portugal have won five of their last six games against Azerbaijan, with their only draw coming in qualifying for Euro 2000.
Lopes gets a start in goal for Portugal, with regular number one Rui Patricio still recovering from a head injury. Manchester City duo Dias and Cancelo line up in defence, while Santos is without Pepe, William Carvalho, Trincao and Nelson Semedo. Despite linking up late with the squad, Azerbaijan captain Medvedev is able to start.
SUBS: Sartan Taskin, Namiq Alasgarov, Elvin Cefarquliyev, Ramil Seydaev, Anatoliy Nuriyev, Ismayil Ibrahimli, Bahlul Mustafazade, Mekhti Dzhenetov, Emil Balayev, Aleksey Isaev, Tamkin Xalilzade, Amil Yunanov.
AZERBAIJAN (4-4-2): Sahruddin Mahammadaliyev; Maksim Medvedev, Elvin Badalov, Badavi Huseynov, Anton Krivotsyuk; Abbas Huseynov, Emin Mahmudov, Vuqar Mustafayev, Azer Salahli; Mahir Emreli, Ali Ghorbani.
SUBS: Rui Silva, Renato Sanches, Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Jota, Jose Fonte, Jose Sa, Joao Palhinha, Luis Neto, Joao Felix, Rafa, Cedric Soares, Sergio Oliveira.
PORTUGAL (4-4-2): Anthony Lopes; Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Domingos Duarte, Nuno Mendes; Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Pedro Neto; Andre Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Azerbaijan are hoping to qualify for the World Cup as an independent nation for the first time in their history, and they will look to their recent record as a source of encouragement. Gianni de Biasi's troops have drawn their last four matches 0-0, and if they can pick up a point tonight, it would be some achievement. 
Fernando Santos' side have won three of their last four fixtures, with only France getting the better of them. Portugal's only other defeat since the 2018 World Cup came against Ukraine in 2019, and they will fancy their chances of victory this evening.
Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of Portugal's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan from Group A. The two teams will square off at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, with Portugal looking to make the finals for the sixth time in succession.