Baku Showdown for Kazakhstan

5 Sep

Kazakhstan’s footballers are in Baku, Azerbaijan for a crunch match that will most likely decide who will take the wooden spoon in qualifying group A for Euro 2012.

After a dire run, Kazakhstan’s footballing fortunes appear to be on the up under new manager Miroslav Beranek. The Czech guided his charges to a 2-1 victory over Azerbaijan in June. Last Friday the Kazakhs were desperately unlucky to   lose to Turkey  by a goal scored in the sixth minute of injury time.

After the wake-up call in Astana in June, the Azeris scored a creditable draw with Belgium in Baku last Friday. Manager Berti Vogts will be hoping for no repetition of the emotional scenes that greeted him in Baku last June – a journalist threw a toilet roll at him during the post-match press conference amid anger over Kazakhstan’s victory.

Azebaijan are currently on 4 points and Kazakhstan on 3 so it’s all to play for tomorrow night in Baku with the ignominy of the wooden spoon at stake.

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