Gabala progressing into cup final
Match report / 16 April 2014 | 13:40173
Gabala progressing into cup final

Azerbaijan Cup, Semifinal First Game
"Gabala" - "Xazar Lankaran"  3:0 

Date: 16 April 2014 / Kick-off: 16:00 / Venue: Gabala City Stadium / Crowd: 2000
Head referee: Rahim Hasanov
Referee assistants: Yashar Abbasov, Akif Amirali
4th official: Omar Pashayev
Extra referee assistants: Ingilab Mammadov, Elvin Asgarov
AFFA member: Gurbat Hasanov
Referee isnpector: Shahin Jafarov
Yellow cards: Davronjon Ergashev, 37 (unsporting behavior); Urfan Abbasov, 74 (unsporting behavior); Marat Izmaylov, 86 (unsporting behavior) // Rasim Ramaldanov, 45 (unsporting behavior); Rahid Amirguliyev, 53 (unsporting behavior) 
Goals: Nizami Hajiyev, 53; 72; Victor Mendy, 59 
Extra time: I part - 2 min.; II part - 3 min.

The first-leg tie of the Gabala and Khazar Lankaran within the cup semifinal has been held today in Gabala. The game was of much importance for both sides, even more for Gabala who suffered from winless streak after the winter break. The red-black squad came on the pitch with lack of some players. Semin was restricted by absence of Elnur Allahverdiyev, Dodo, Lorenso Ebecilio and Nikola Valentic. 

The pace of the game started much faster than it was expected. Both sides threw everything at the ends of the pitch trying to get the fortune. And all Gabala fans got up as Subotich set up threat after free kick in 8th minute. The forward was much close to putting his team one ahead. After the goal occasion set up by Gabala, the visitors got back to hold on with their defense and it  affected the game to slow down. 

The home side missed another goal chance in the 15th minute when Nizami came one on one with the keeper after a cool pass from Subotic, but the score on the sheet did not changed.

After the restart, the home side as if got fresh air to blow up into the other end.

Gabala kept pushing Khazar Lankaran back and our lead seemed as a matter of fact just before 50th minute. So Hajiyev failed to convert in the superb cross by Subotic within the box. His first close range shot was denied by the visiting defense before the second effort past well wide of goal. In spite of all, the midfielder reached to successful finish when the team from south gave a vital mistake in the center and Nizami got off Vanderson to see the left corner as a close range target. Five minutes after the goal, Gabala doubled their lead with Mendy in counter attack. The squad of Yuri Semin kept going after their goal and held the other side under sustainable period of pressure to extend the goal difference ahead of the away return game. Then Hajiyev scored Gabala"s 3rd, as well as his 2nd again in counter attack. 

With the minutes left, Khazar Lankaran"s coaching staff introduced some strikers but the matters was settled well before. The final whistle of Rahim Hasanov left Gabala sealing their victory of the 2-match round.

Gabala line-up:

1. Kamran Aghayev (c)
6. Volodimir Levin
7. Marat Izmaylov
8. Nizami Hajiyev 
9. Victor Mendy
(22. Lourival Assis, 85)
16. Ruslan Taghizadeh 
18. Ibrahima Niasse
31. Daniel Subotic
34. Urfan Abbasov
44. Rafael Santos
46. Davronjon Ergashev


27. David Pietrzkevic
2. Rail Malikov 
4. Amid Guluzadeh
19. Abdulwaheed Afolabi
42. Leonardo da Silva
45. Murad Musayev

Head coach: Yuri Semin
 Khazar Lankaran line-up:

1. Orkhan Sadigly
3. Vanderson Skarduelli 
5. Tiego de Xesus
6. Rasim Ramaldanov
8. Dejan Blajevski
(7. Sadio Tounkara, 60)
11. Zohair Banouahi
(12. Junior Nildo, 59)
14. Rahid Amirguliyev 
18. Tural Jalilov
20. Etame Mbilla 
23. Nikola Gligorov
(30. Elias Ribeiro, 75)
27. Adrian Skarlatake


19. Vjekoslav Tomic
2. Slavik Alkhasov
4. Alvaro Silva 
10. Elnur Abdullayev

Head coach: Mustafa Denizli