November 22, 2012
Mixed night for Mitrovic
Neftchi and Partizan Belgrade lived up to their billing as the Europa League Group H's bottom two sides as they shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in Baku.
Both teams went into the game having registered a single point each from four group games and the main action saw the visitors' Aleksandar Mitrovic, who came on as a half-time substitute, score the equalising goal before being sent off.
The home side had gone ahead after nine minutes through Flavinho before Mitrovic levelled with 25 minutes to go only to be shown a red card for violent conduct 10 minutes later.
Neftchi started the game the stronger and had their first chance after four minutes but Julius Wobay sent his shot over the bar.
The home side then went ahead with a fantastic effort from Flavinho who drilled in a shot from 25 yards which found the top right corner of the goal.
It took 15 minutes for the visitors to create their first chance but Sasa Ilic's cross was headed wide by Stefan Scepovic.
Partizan won two corners in quick succession, the second presenting a chance for Milos Jojic to shoot but his effort was off target.
Neftchi's Javid Imamverdiyev wasted a good opportunity to extend the lead when he fired over the bar from 12 yards and then saw another effort cleared by Ivan Ivanov.
Just before half-time the home side's Rashad Sadygov fired wide left but there was still time for Partizan's Scepovic to put his own effort off target.
Early in the second half, as the visitors continued to press, Aleksandar Miljkovic volleyed over the bar before Milos Jojic also failed to find the target.
But the pressure finally told as Partizan equalised with 25 minutes to go as Mitrovic shot home after being set up by Ilic.
But 10 minutes later Mitrovic was dismissed for violent conduct in an incident which saw two other players booked.
Both sides pressed to find a winner but had to settle for a share of the points.
|Venancio Flavinho (10')||Aleksandar Mitrovic (67')|
|30 Sasa Stamenkovic||30 Nikola Petrovic|
|5 Igor Mitreski||15 Ivan Ivanov|
|16 Bruno Bertucci||2 Aleksandar Miljkovic|
|32 Elvin Yunuszade||3 Vladimir Volkov|
|4 Tarlan Guliyev||40 Milos Ostojic|
|10 Julius Wobay||22 Sasa Ilic|
|25 Javid Imamverdiyev||99 Milan Smiljanic Lola|
|6 Rashad Abulfaz Sadygov||7 Nemanja Tomic|
|9 Venancio Flavinho||39 Milos Jojic|
|11 Nicolas Canales||12 Stefan Scepovic|
|28 Emin Mehdiyev||50 Lazar Markovic|
|12 Emil Balayev||Radisa Ilic 33|
|3 Sasha Yunis Oglu||Sreten Sretenovic 17|
|17 Araz Abdullayev||Alexander Lazevski 18|
|19 Mirhuseyn Seyidov||Sasa Markovic 21|
|8 Elshan Abdullayev||Nikola Ninkovic 11|
|14 Bahodyr Nasimov||Marko Scepovic 44|
|21 Kamil Nurahmadov||Aleksandar Mitrovic 45|
|Araz Abdullayev for Javid Imamverdiyev (62)||Aleksandar Mitrovic for Lazar Markovic (46)|
|Marko Scepovic for Stefan Scepovic (66)|
|Sasa Markovic for Milos Jojic (83)|
|Emin Mehdiyev (49)||Nemanja Tomic (44)|
|Venancio Flavinho (68)||Milos Ostojic (74)|
|Rashad Abulfaz Sadygov (78)||Vladimir Volkov (76)|
|Sasa Stamenkovic (81)||Marko Scepovic (78)|
|Aleksandar Mitrovic (77)|
|· Squads: Neftchi | Partizan Belgrade|