Mendy earns Gabala resilient victory over Baku 1-2
Match report / 2 August 2013 | 16:09135
Mendy earns Gabala resilient victory over Baku 1-2

Baku - Gabala 1:2

Date: 2 August 2013 / Kick off: 18:30 / Venue: FC Baku Training Ground / Attendance: 1000
Referee: Fariz Yusifov
Referee assistants: Namig Huseynov, Elman Musayev
4th official: Ramiz Maharramov
Additional referee assistants: Vusal Aliyev, Rauf Jabbarov 
AFFA representative: Ramiz Mustafayev 
Referee inspector: Murad Mammadov
Yellow cards: Agil Nabiyev, 20 // Leonardo da Silva, 70 
Goals: Mindaugas Kalonas, 12 // Victor Mendy, 62; 82
Extra time: I part - 1 min.; II part - 4 min.

Gabala beat Baku 2:1 at the first leg of the Topaz Premier League"s 2013/2014 season in away. The event was pulsating as it was expected after both sides would come under spotlight with new coach, players and promising on targets.

The pace of the game started by checkup attacks of the sides. After 10 minutes, Baku stepped up their efforts at the forward line that led to the opening goal by host Mindauqas Kalonas. Baku"s Marius Pena also looked close to scoring.

Gabala appeared with their first threat only in the 18th minute when Kamanan failed to score receiving the ball from Niasse after Dodo"s cross from the right.

With the restart, it was Gabala being faster from the beginning minutes to the end. After Dodo was replaced by Mendy on 55 minutes, the red-black half of the pitch got the possession on the offensive line. It was well evident before Yuri Semin"s squad leveled just 2 minutes after the hour mark with Mendy headed the ball home from Leonardo Da Silva. The goal prompted Gabala to score in the winner on 82 minutes when Mendy, the hero of the night, repeated his header meeting the ball from left-flank Leonardo again past Baku"s keeper Agil Mammadov.

After the goal, the home side threw everything at the guests but their efforts were off target. The result left Gabala having giving a good start to the season with 3 points.

Baku line-up:

1. Agil Mammadov
2. Deividas Cesnauskis
3. Jure Travner
24. Georgios Pelagias
5. Agil Nabiyev (c)
6. Vadim Abdullayev
(17. Risto Ristovic, min.85)
8. Javid Huseynov
(22. Namig Alasgarov, min.70)
23. Lucas Mario Horvat
10. Aleksandar Solic
(21. Elvin Mammadov, min.82)
19. Marius Pena
20. Mindaugas Kalonas

Subs.:

29. Kamran Aghayev
26. Aziz Guliyev
31. Vugar Mustafayev
7. Afran Ismayilov

Coach: Milinko Pantic

Gabala line-up:

27. David Pietrzkevic
2. Rail Malikov
4. Amit Guluzadeh
6. Volodimir Levin (c)
10. Luis Paulo Hilario
(9. Victor Mendy, min.55)
11. Yannick Kamanan 
(19. Abdulwaheed Afolabi, min.46)
14. Lorenzo Ebecilio
15. Oumar Kalabane
18. Ibrahima Niasse
34. Urfan Abbasov 
42. Leonardo da Silva
(84. Dejan Kelhar, min.88)

Subs.:

25. Diego Costa
5. Sadig Guliyev
8. Nizami hacıyev
21. Elmar Bakhshıyev

Coach: Yuri Semin