30th May 2012
Azerbaijan v. Andorra
This will be the fourth meeting of these two nations, all in friendlies, going back to 1998 and somewhat surprisingly Andorra have a half decent record against the Azeris. The first two meetings both ended in 0-0 draws in 1998 and 2000.
Both of those fixtures were staged in neutral venues, Tallinn and Ta’Qali, Malta respectively, which superstitious types may cling to as being a sign Andorra can repeat those feats in the upcoming neutrally hosted fixture. The other was in Andorra La Vella and the hosts narrowly lost 1-2 on that occasion in 2008.
This record of 2 draws and a narrow defeat must make Azerbaijan one of Andorra’s favourite opponents. Azerbaijan have improved somewhat themselves since their own first steps into international football, so an Andorran success remains as always very unlikely, but if any opponent was to bring out the best from our Pyrenean friends, this is it.