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90' + 5'
A. Browne
Yellow Card
S. Duffy
J. Cullen
1 - 1
E. Mahmudov
Yellow Card
A. Krivotsyuk
Yellow Card
45' + 1'
E. Mahmudov
0 - 1

Match Stats

58% 41%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 4
Total Passes 495 366
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Serbia SRB Serbia 7 5 2 0 16 8 +8 17 W W D W W
2 Portugal POR Portugal 6 5 1 0 16 4 +12 16 W W W W D
3 Luxembourg LUX Luxembourg 6 2 0 4 5 14 -9 6 L L L W L
4 Republic of Ireland IRL Republic of Ireland 6 1 2 3 8 8 0 5 W D D L L
5 Azerbaijan AZE Azerbaijan 7 0 1 6 4 15 -11 1 L L L D L


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Ireland are next in World Cup qualifying action against Serbia on Tuesday on home soil, while Azerbaijan are also in action on the same day against Portugal at home.
Shane Duffy's late header salvaged a point for the Republic of Ireland in their World Cup qualifying clash against Azerbaijan at the Aviva Stadium. The visitors took the lead in added time in the first half as Emin Mahmudov was afforded space and time before curling a right-footed effort into the top-left corner. Ireland pressed in the second half and were rewarded when Duffy rose home three minutes from time to score the equaliser. However, their first win of qualifying evaded them as they were unable to conjure a winner in added time.
A. Browne
Yellow Card
90' + 5' Browne pulls back Akhmedzade and goes into the book.
90' + 3' Mahammadaliyev claims he is caught by Browne in the aftermath and takes time off the clock with an apparent injury.
90' + 2' CHANCE! Robinson latches on to a cross from McClean and controls it out of the air before turning. However, he cannot generate enough power on his strike at goal and it travels straight at Mahammadaliyev.
90' Bazunu has a worrying moment as he drops a cross from a corner, but he is able to gather at the second attempt before the visitors can pounce.
90' There will be five minutes of added time.
89' Idah tries to turn in the box, but he cannot get a strike away under pressure. Qarayev goes down as he tries to win back possession, earning his side a vital free-kick.
A. Browne
J. Cullen
88' Cullen is withdrawn after curling a fine cross into the box for Duffy to score. Browne replaces the midfielder.
E. Mahmudov
Yellow Card
87' Mahmudov is booked for the visitors.
J. Cullen
87' Cullen collects on the left flank and floats a perfect cross into the box for Duffy to attack and score.
S. Duffy
87' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! DUFFY HEADS HOME THE EQUALISER!!!! 1-1!!!!! Ireland find a leveller with three minutes of normal time to play. Duffy remains up from the back giving Cullen a target to hit in the box. The delivery is on point from the midfielder and Duffy does not disappoint with a thumping header that erupts through the hands of Mahammadaliyev before hitting the back of the net. Do Ireland have time for a winner?
85' CHANCE! Robinson latches on to a deflected cross from Horgan at the back post. He takes a touch before shooting on the half-volley, but he scuffs his effort wide of the left post.
83' Mahmudov is down for the visitors and requires treatment before the game can continue.
82' CHANCE! Bazunu keeps Ireland in the game to deny Akhmedzade. The forward produces a great run into the box into the left-inside channel. He fires low and hard on his left foot at goal, but the Ireland keeper sticks out a boot to make the stop.
J. Collins
M. Doherty
80' Kenny throws caution to the wind as he adds another forward on to the field in the form of Collins. Doherty has ran well for the hosts today, but appeared to be tiring.
A. Nuriyev
F. Ozobić
80' Nuriyev comes on to the field in the final third to replace Ozobic.
R. Şeydayev
M. Emreli
79' Seydayev enters the action for the visitors as Emreli is withdrawn.
77' Azerbaijan have a rare foray forward and Badalov tees up Emreli for a strike that is blocked by Duffy.
76' Ireland are not producing the quality required in the final third to notch the vital equaliser. The hosts have dominated possession, but their lack of a clinical edge could cost them.
74' Ireland send a series of crosses into the box from the right flank, but the visitors hold firm amid pressure from Egan and Horgan.
72' Ozobic hands Ireland another free-kick in a threatening position. Hourihane bends a cross into the middle, but Egan heads a tame effort straight at Mahammadaliyev.
R. Əhmədzadə
N. Ələsgərov
71' Alasgarov had an active first half, but was quiet in the second period. Akhmedzade replaces the forward.
A. Hüseynov
M. Medvedev
70' Huseynov comes on to the field to shore up the visitors' defence, replacing Medvedev.
A. Salahlı
T. Bayramov
70' Bayramov is withdrawn by the visitors and is replaced on the field by Salahli.
69' OVER! Duffy remains up from the back despite Azerbaijan clearing the danger from a corner. Coleman whips a cross into the box with pace from the right flank allowing the Brighton defender to attack the delivery, but he nods his effort just over the bar.
68' Hourihane bends his effort to the back post on his left foot. Qarayev has to nod it behind amid a number of Ireland players waiting to attack it, conceding a corner in the process.
A. Krivotsyuk
Yellow Card
67' Krivotsyuk goes into the book after tripping Robinson on the right flank.
67' Ireland win a free-kick down the right flank once more. Hourihane takes over free-kick taking duties for the hosts.
64' BLOCK! Doherty makes a good break into the box down the right flank, but gets halted before he can shoot. Coleman takes over, only to see his low blast blocked by a wall of red shirts.
C. Robinson
T. Parrott
63' Robinson enters the action for Parrott, who was underwhelming today for the hosts.
C. Hourihane
J. Molumby
63' Molumby is withdrawn in the middle of the park and is replaced by Hourihane.
62' CHANCE! Mahammadaliyev punches Cullen's cross from the right flank away, but Horgan gathers and clips a cross back into the box. Idah attacks the delivery, only to nod his effort wide of the left post.
61' Coleman is brought down on the right flank by Alasgarov. Ireland have another platform to attack in the final third from the resulting set-piece.
60' SAVE! Coleman overruns the ball, but it breaks for Parrott on the edge of the box. He lines up a right-footed strike, but Mahammadaliyev beats it away from goal.
59' Mahammadaliyev commits himself off his line as he tries to punch a cross from McClean away from the box. The keeper misses his connection, but there is no one in a green shirt there to capitalise behind in the final third.
57' Ireland try to probe down the right flank, but Krivotsyuk dispossesses Doherty as he tries to conjure a moment of magic.
J. Molumby
Yellow Card
56' Molumby attacks a deflected cross from McClean, but clatters into Mahammadaliyev on the line with his arm. The Ireland midfielder goes into the book.
55' BLOCK! McClean clips a ball over the top for Horgan to chase down the left flank. He cuts inside to shoot on his right foot, but Haghverdi is there to block his effort.
52' Ireland have not issued a strong enough response since the restart. Kenny will have wanted to have seen a greater intensity from his team.
50' McClean lifts a cross into the box, but it is straight down the throat of Mahammadaliyev, who makes a comfortable catch.
49' Bayramov brings down Molumby on the right flank. Ireland have a free-kick in a useful position.
48' Ozobic collects from Mahmudov and goes for the strike from distance that he fires wide of the target.
47' CHANCE! Horgan makes a run down the right flank and lifts a cross into the box. Molumby attacks it in the middle, only to plant his header from six yards over the bar.
46' We're back under way at the Aviva Stadium.
D. Horgan
A. Connolly
46' Connolly is withdrawn at the break for the home side and is replaced by Horgan.
Ireland have played some decent football at times, but have not been good enough in the final third. Kenny needs more from Connolly, Idah and Parrott in the second half to get them back into the contest.
Emin Mahmudov's strike just before the break has handed Azerbaijan a 1-0 lead over the Republic of Ireland in their World Cup qualifying clash. The hosts had half-chances through Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah, but were made to pay for their lack of potency. Mahmudov curled a brilliant effort into the top-left corner to put Giovanni De Biasi's in front.
E. Mahmudov
45' + 1' WHAT A GOAL!!!!! MAHMUDOV FIRES AZERBAIJAN AHEAD!!!!! 1-0!!!!! The visitors take the lead on the stroke of half-time through a stunning effort from Mahmudov. Ireland back off the midfielder on the edge of the box and afford him space and time to line up a shot. He curls his effort away from Bazunu into the top-left corner. A huge moment for Azerbaijan.
45' There will be one minute of added time.
43' Bazunu makes a confident claim at the back to gather a looping ball into his box from Krivotsyuk. Duffy was on hand with Emreli in position, but the keeper made the move with authority.
41' The tempo of the game has dropped slightly ahead of the break. Ireland are not happy that Azerbaijan are taking the pace out of the contest at every opportunity.
39' Connolly continues to ask questions of the Azerbaijan defence as he draws a foul from Badalov. Ireland need to continue to feed him down the left flank.
37' SAVE! Connolly bursts into space down the left flank and he cuts inside to shoot. Mahammadaliyev makes the stop, but cannot hold the ball. It almost allows Idah and Parrott to pounce, but the keeper gathers at the second attempt.
35' Qarayev almost allows Parrott to pounce on a loose offload at the back, but Haghverdi is alert to complete the backpass to Mahammadaliyev.
33' Ozobic cuts in from the left flank and lines up a strike at goal. Doherty gets across to make the block, although he concedes a corner.
32' CHANCE! Connolly probes down the left flank and he lifts a cross towards the near post. Idah makes a move ahead of his man to connect with a header, only to guide his effort wide of the left post.
30' Cullen hangs a dangerous cross into the box from the middle of the park. Idah and Parrott both make runs, but Mahammadaliyev comes off his line to punch it clear.
28' WIDE! Molumby turns away from his man in the final third after latching on to a pass from Connolly. He drills a low strike towards the bottom-left corner, but the ball travels just wide of the left post.
26' Bayramov misses another kick at goal from the edge of the box, slicing his effort wide. Egan is then called on in the box to head a dangerous cross from Medvedev away from Emreli.
25' Emreli pushes forward into the Ireland half before being brought down by Duffy. Azerbaijan maintain their pressure on the Ireland defence.
24' Alasgarov tees up Bayramov in the Ireland box after the hosts fail to clear their lines. However, the midfielder scuffs his effort under pressure.
23' SAVE! Bazunu has to get down quickly to his right to palm an effort from Alasgarov past the post. The winger is afforded space and time by Coleman to line up a strike after cutting in from the left flank. However, the Ireland keeper is equal to his strike.
20' Azerbaijan are looking to take the pace out of the game. The home side are looking to press the tempo, so this approach from De Biasi's men will attempt to take them out of their rhythm.
17' Kenny will be pleased with his side's start to the contest, but will be looking for a clinical edge from his team in the final third.
15' Ireland are playing with a positive mindset in the opening 15 minutes, but must be aware of the threat of Azerbaijan on the counter.
13' SAVE! The visitors keep the pressure on and Alasgarov lines up a drive from the edge of the box that is saved by Bazunu.
12' Azerbaijan press down the right flank, but Coleman rises at the back post to divert the cross from Alasgarov away from Bayramov on the charge.
9' CHANCE! Coleman makes a charge forward after collecting an offload from Molumby. He bursts into the box, but angles his left-footed strike over the bar.
8' Coleman releases the run of Doherty down the right flank, but the ball just escapes the wing-back and travels out for a goal-kick despite his best efforts.
6' BLOCK! Idah does brilliantly down the right flank as he coasts past Haghverdi. He cuts a low ball back to Connolly to strike, but Badalov and Mahammadaliyev do enough to force the ball behind.
5' OVER! Cullen arcs a ball into the right-inside channel for the run of Doherty. The wing-back stoops to guide a header towards goal, but it just travels over the bar. A decent effort from the Ireland man.
3' Coleman looks for a long ball forward towards the run of Idah, but Mahammadaliyev is sharp off his line to gather ahead of the forward. He gets clipped in the process and wins a free-kick for the visitors.
1' Egan makes a forward run into the Azerbaijan half, but his offload towards Connolly finds the forward in an offside position.
1' We're under way at the Aviva Stadium.
This is the first ever meeting between the Republic of Ireland and Azerbaijan in any competition.
Azerbaijan have made four changes to their line-up from their defeat to Luxembourg. Emreli and Alasgarov come into the team in the final third, while Badalov and Krivotsyuk also slot into the side. Salahli and Ibrahimli and Huseynov all drop to the bench, while Ali Ghorbani missed out.
Ireland have made three changes to their side that was beaten by Portugal. Dara O'Shea misses out due to injury, while McGrath and Hendrick both drop to the bench. McClean, Molumby and Parrott all come into the side, which sees the latter slot behind Idah in the final third.
AZERBAIJAN SUBS: Azer Salahli, Vuqar Mustafayev, Rustam Akhmedzade, Ramil Seydaev, Mekhti Dzhenetov, Abbas Huseynov, Bahlul Mustafazade, Anatoliy Nuriyev, Tamkin Xalilzade, Ismayil Ibrahimli, Rahim Sadikhov, Aydin Bayramov.
AZERBAIJAN (4-3-3): Sahruddin Mahammadaliye; Maksim Medvedev, Hojjat Haghverdi, Elvin Badalov, Anton Krivotsyuk; Emin Mahmudov, Qara Qarayev, Tural Bayramov; Namiq Alasgarov, Mahir Emreli, Filip Ozobic.
IRELAND SUBS: Ryan Manning, Conor Hourihane, Callum Robinson, Jeff Hendrick, Alan Brown, Daryl Horgan, Caoimhin Kelleher, Jamie McGrath, James Collins, Ronan Curtis, Andrew Omobamidele, James Talbot.
IRELAND (3-5-1-1): Gavin Bazunu; Seamus Coleman, Shane Duffy, John Egan; Matt Doherty, Jayson Molumby, Josh Cullun, James McClean, Aaron Connolly; Troy Parrott, Adam Idah.
Azerbaijan are also in a desperate situation at the bottom of Group A. They've lost all three of their qualifying matches to date, suffering a 2-1 defeat to Luxembourg last time out. Giovanni De Biasi's men will sense an opportunity in the contest today to put Ireland and Kenny under severe pressure. Azerbaijan come into the game without any pressure, which could play into their hands.
Ireland were dealt a bitter blow in their contest against Portugal last time out. They appeared to be on their way to a famous win, only to be halted by Cristiano Ronaldo. The Manchester United fired home two late goals to snatch the three points for the Selecao, breaking Ali Daei's record for the highest scoring international player in the process. Stephen Kenny needs to pick his team up to keep their slim hopes of qualifying for the World Cup alive after three-straight defeats.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the World Cup qualifying clash between Republic of Ireland and Azerbaijan at the Aviva Stadium.