Wales 2-1 Azerbaijan: Gareth Bale header gives Wales vital win in Group E

Wales vs Azerbaijan
European Qualifiers Group E
7:45pm Friday 6th September

Cardiff City Stadium

Gareth Bale spared Wales a night in Euro 2020 qualifying with a winner in a 2-1 home victory over Azerbaijan.
Bale struck his goal for Wales six minutes in time, rising to head home after Joe Allen’s shot was deflected into the Cardiff air.
Wales was gifted a first-half lead when Pavlo Pashayev scored a bizarre own goal, but Mahir Emreli punished a home display using a equaliser.
Azerbaijan are ranked 109th in the world – a 85 areas below Wales – and their just wins came in the Faroe Islands and San Marino.
As Wales sought a path to target following a introduction, Bale dropped deeper, but there was little cause for controversy before the bizarre intervention of Pashayev.
The Wales captain flipped infield to strike a shot that hit Dmitry Nazarov and spun into the atmosphere. Salahat Agayev came hurrying from his goal and the ball struck the head of Pasahayev and trickled in to an unguarded net, although azerbaijan appeared to have little to worry about.
Azerbaijan had their moment of good fortune when Emreli escaped using a swinging arm the referee showing off his lenient side, Chris Mepham.
Wales still struggled to get out of first gear once Azerbaijan landed a sucker punch. Neil Taylor’s mistake allowed Emreli, that had the liberty of their Wales half to rush into to be released by Ramil Sheydaev.
Wayne Hennessey failed to hold the shot and the rebound was summarily dispatched, although the effort of emreli was tame.
Wales poured forward in search of a winner, but time was running out before Bale – as he has often done before – established their saviour.
Wales host Belarus on Monday night, live on Sky Sports Premier League out of 7.40pm; kick-off at 7.45pm. Azerbaijan’s next match at home to Croatia is also live on Sky Sports Football from 4.55pm Monday; kick-off in 5pm.

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