Portugal produced a lukewarm display in their opening World Cup qualifier at home to Azerbaijan on Wednesday but still won 1-0 in Turin.
Maksim Medvedev fumbled the ball into his own net after a mix-up with goalkeeper Mahammadaliyev to break s scoreless deadlock in the 37th minute of a World Cup Qualifier moved to Juventus’ stadium due to COVID-19 restrictions on travel to Portugal.
Portugal dominated ball possession but could not break down Azerbaijan despite having 29 attempts on goal, 14 on target.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 – Turin, Italy (Portugal is home, due to restrictions)
PORTUGAL 1-0 AZERBAIJAN
PORTUGAL (4-3-3): Lopes, Cancelo, Coutinho Meneses Duarte, Ruben Dias, Tavares Mendes, Bernardo Silva (Oliveira 88), Joao Moutinho (Bruno Fernandes 45), Neves (Alves Palhinha Gonçalves at 88), Neto (Ferreira Silva 63), Andre Silva (Sequeira 75), Cristiano Ronaldo
AZERBAIJAN (4-4-1-1): Mahammadaliyev, Medvedev, Huseynov, Badalov, Krivotsyuk, Huseynov (Nurievat 45), Mahmudov (Isaevat 85), Mustafayev (Ibrahimliat 45), Salahli, Emreli (Alasgarovat 85), Ghorbani (Seydaevat 85),
Scoring: Medvedev (37 own goal)
🏆 WCQ ⚽️
🇵🇹 1-0 Azerbaijan
Serbia 3-2 Ireland
Serbia x 🇵🇹 19:45
Ireland x Luxembourg 19:45
Azerbaijan x Serbia 17h
Luxembourg x 🇵🇹 19:45
➡️ Group A
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GK: Jose Sa, Rui Silva, Anthony Lopes
D: Cédric Soares, João Cancelo, Domingos Duarte, José Fonte, Luis Neto, Rúben Dias, Nuno Mendes, Raphael Guerreiro
M: Danilo, Palhinha, Rúben Neves, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, João Moutinho, Renato Sanches, Sérgio Oliveira
F: André Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota, João Félix, Pedro Neto, Rafa