Malta’s preparations for next months  World Cup home qualifiers were given a blow yesterday when the boys in Red were beaten 3-0 by Azerbaijan in friendly match in Baku. Things started badly when after just 5 minutes the home side took the lead with a header from striker Dadashov at the far post following a corner from the left side by Garayevi. The boys in red picked them selves up this early shock and started to take the initiative and created a number of moves which resulted into goal attempts through Schembri, Briffa and Failla. The best chance of the match coming to Schembri in the 35th minute who found himself in an excellent position after some fine passing involving a number of Maltese players, only for Schembri to shoot weekly into the hands of the Azeri keeper.

Three minutes before the break the home side created another goalmouth opportunity. Again from the left Abdullayev delivered a low cross after defeating debutant defender Mark Scerri, with Haber blocking Dadashov’s close range effort. The opeinng of the second half saw things balanced out between the two sides, but then  came 7 minutes of disaster for Malta. In the 64th Minute Aliyev pounced on a slack short pass by substitute R. Fenech, ran through Malt’s defenders and delivered a low cross shot which ended up in the back of the net. Two minutes later defender Agius was red carded for pulling down Dadashov. with the latter pulling himslef up to flick the ball past Haber again in the 71st minute, this time after a cross from the right.

By then Malta were down and out and the game was over except for a number of subsitutions which took place. Defender Clifford Gatt Baldacchino also made his debut for Malta during this match.

International Friendly ‘A’ Match
Azerbaijan  vs. Malta  FT 3-0 (HT 1-0)
Scorers: R. Dadashov 5′, 71′, R. Aliyev 64′ (AZE)
Venue: Bakcell Arena, Baku
Date: 14-08-2013 Time: 21:00 Hrs
Azerbaijan Malta

1

Kamran Aghayev (Gk)

1

Haber Justin (GK)

2

Badavi Huseynov (Out 88′)

2

Camilleri Ryan

3

Rasim Ramaldanov

4

Sciberras Gareth (Out 88′)

4

Mahir Shukurov (C) (Y 32′, Out 78′)

5

Agius Andre’ (R 69′)

11

Rauf Aliyev (G 64′)

7

Failla Clayton (Y 59′)

15

Ruslan Abishov (Y 55′)

8

Briffa Roderick (Out 76′)

17

Araz Abdullayev

9

Mifsud Michael (C) (Y 90′)

20

Ufuk Budak (Out 46′)

10

Cohen Andrew (Out 69′)

22

Afran Ismayılov

11

Herrera Edward (Out 62′)

26

Gara Garayev (Out 61′)

13

Schembri Andre (Out 73′)

27

Rufat Dadashov (G 5′, G 71′, Y 72′, Out 80′)

19

Scerri Mark (out 46’)
Substitutes

12

Anar Nazirov (Gk)

12

Bonello Henry (Gk)

23

Salahat Aghayeva (Gk)

21

Vella Nicholas George (Gk)

5

Elnur Allahverdiyev (In 46′)

3

Borg Jacob (In 46′)

6

Rashad Sadigov

6

Fenech Ryan (In 62′)

9

Cihan Ozkara

14

Muscat Rowen (In 76′)

13

Vurgun Huseynov

16

Fenech Paul (In 73′)

14

Rashad Sadigov (In 78′)

17

Mintoff John (In 88′)

16

Savid Huseynov

18

Bajada Shaun

18

Maksim Medvedyev (In 88′)

20

Gatt Baldachino Clifford (In 69′)

19

Rahid Amirguliyev (In 61′)

24

Vugar Askerov (In 80′)

25

Elhad Naziri
Coach
Berti Vogts Pietro Ghedin
Referee
Alexandre Aliyev (FIFA & Kazakhstan FA)
Assistant referees
Alibek Aubekirov (FIFA & Kazakhstan FA) and Sanjar Iskakov (FIFA & Kazakhstan FA)
Fourth official
Rahim Hasanov (FIFA & Azerbaijan FA)
G: Goal, Y: Yellow, R: Red, Sub in: Substituted in , Sub out: Substituted Out,
Missed Pen: Missed Penalty, Scored Pen: Scored Penalty

Article by MFA
Photos by Paul Zammit Cutajar