Indulge in the spectacle of Azerbaijan locking horns with Austria in a gripping football clash! Relish the electrifying moments of the entire match, complete with thrilling replays and awe-inspiring highlights.
The action commences with a KICK-OFF scheduled for 16:00 (GMT) on the 16th of October, 2023. The man in the middle, ensuring a fair play, is none other than the impeccable A. Diamantopoulos.
Prepare for a showdown at the Tofiq Bəhramov adına Respublika stadionu, where passions run high, and dreams take flight.
This epic encounter forms part of the grand tapestry of Europe, within the prestigious UEFA European Championship Qualifiers. Specifically, it belongs to the fiercely competitive Group F, Season 2024. Don’t miss this clash of the titans!
Azerbaijan vs Austria Full Match Reports
Marcel Sabitzer successfully converted a penalty kick to secure a 1-0 victory over Azerbaijan, guaranteeing Austria’s spot in the UEFA European Championships for the third time in a row. This win marked Austria’s consecutive away victories for the first time since 2020.
The organizers decided to move the match to the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium in hopes of attracting more supporters. However, the empty seats painted a picture of a team that has not won a home UEFA European Championship Qualifier (ECQ) since 2015. Nevertheless, Austria took control of the game early on, with Konrad Laimer from Bayern Munich posing a threat that was narrowly saved by goalkeeper Shakhruddin Magomedaliyev.
Though the first half was closely contested, Austria continued to press forward, with Saša Kalajdžić, standing tall at 6ft 7in, proving to be a formidable presence. He provided an excellent assist to Xaver Schlager, who unfortunately missed the target with his half-volley. Azerbaijan’s best chance came when Toral Bayramov showcased his skill by beating two players and delivering a cross, but Ramil Sheydayev’s header missed the mark.
At halftime, Austria’s manager Ralf Rangnick made some changes, and Marcel Sabitzer made an immediate impact just two minutes after coming on. He played a crucial role in the events that led to a penalty kick, which he himself confidently converted. Despite Austria’s pressure, Azerbaijan held on and created a golden opportunity for Bayramov, but his shot hit the outside of the post, leaving his teammates stunned.
The match ended with a red card for Guido Burgstaller due to a second bookable offense. However, this did not overshadow Austria’s triumph, which eased the pressure on Rangnick before their upcoming match against Estonia. On the other hand, Azerbaijan’s remaining ECQ fixtures are now inconsequential, as they failed to secure the three-goal victory needed to keep their hopes of a first major tournament appearance alive.
Man of the Match: Saša Kalajdžić (Austria)