A pleasing performance and result for Portugal. Thanks for following the match with us.
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Azerbaijan - Portugal
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Mendes is booked for Portugal.
Another chance for Azerbaijan and this time Alasgarov is not the creator but the man with the chance and he, like his team-mates, earlier spurns the opportunity, smashing over the bar.
A decent effort at goal from Makmudov flies a yard wide of Patricio's goal.
Andre Silva's shot from the edge of the box almost has Magomedaliyev wrong-footed but he recovers to push away the effort on goal.
Haghverdi picks up a yellow card for a foul on Andre Silva.
Bernardo Silva, Jota and Moutinho are replaced by Otavio, Guedes and Mario.
GOAL FOR PORTUGAL! Jota at last gets on the scoresheet. Cancelo gets around the full back and puts a lovely dinked cross into the box which Jota nods home - just like, well you know.
Mendes comes on for Guerreiro.
Cancelo tries an audacious chip from the edge of the box that has Magomedaliyev beaten but drifts a yard wide of the goal..
More nice link play from Portugal but this time Bernardo Silva's cross is cleared. They really should be further ahead.
Alagarov has certainly been the pick of the Azerbaijan players. Her he puts a dangerous cross into the Portugal box but Pepe on the stretch clears well.
Andre Silva wins the ball 40 yards from goal and sets up Jota who sees his left-footed drive well saved by Magomedaliyev but then he blasts the rebound high over the bar.
Ozobic comes off for Mustafayev and Bayramov for Emreli.
Ghorbani booked for an elbow on Pepe. I'm sure a lot of opponents would say the centre back had that coming.
Cancelo plays the ball inside to Andre Silva who is clearly having his shirt pulled in the box but the referee does not give a foul. Fernandes is rolling on the floor after his follow through ran into Mukumodov but wisely no foul was given.
Bernard o has time to cut on his left foot 15 yards out, after being fed by Fernandes, but his effort is blocked above his head by Magomedaliyev.
Fernandes shoots from 25 yards out but Magomedaliyev saves diving to his right.
Cancelo puts over a cross from the right flank but is a little too close to Magomedaliyev who lets it go for a throw in.
Immediately a chance for Portugal as Fernandes drives a low cross over from the right flank that Jota skews wide at the back post.
Neves has also replaced Palhinha at the break.
Portugal get us back underway...
Nuruiev and Ghorbani have come on for Azerbaijan replacing Garayev and Khalilzade
A convincing performance from Portugal, but the joy Azerbaijan have had going forward may make them wonder why they were not more ambitious early on. The game is lost now.
Another really chance for the hosts, Alasgarov chased a ball lobbed over the Portuguese defence on the left flank and produced a perfect pass inside but Ozobic sliding in failed to get a connection on the ball.
Fernandes lobbed the ball over the top for Bernardo Silva and strangely, but maybe shrewdly, Magomedaliyev rushed from goal to dispossess him.
Nice outside of the boot cross from Cancelo, begging for Ronaldo to head home - but he's not there (obviously).
Another dangerous ball behind the defence from Fernandes but no one is there to put the chance away.
A lovely delicate ball in the penalty area from Fernandes to Andre Silva but the striker with the goal gaping puts his effort wide.
The Silvas combine on the right flank getting the ball to Jota, just outside the box, whose effott is blocked before Guerreiro shoots wide from long range.
GOAL FOR PORTUGAL! Fernandes crosses to the back post where Jota gets a touch to push back into the path of Andre Silva who taps home into an empty net.
The corner eventually reaches Badalov on the left wing and he puts in a low cross which Salahi sidefoots wide of the near post. They might not get a better chance than that.
At last the hosts make inroads into the opposition area as Alasgarov gets behind Guerrero and pulls the ball square to Emreli but Cancelo puts the ball behind for a corner.
GOAL FOR PORTUGAL! Superb finish from Bernardo Silva. An awful Andre Silva cross was retrieved by Guerrero and then fed back to Fernandes who picked out the Manchester City forward ghosting behind the defence at the right hand side of the six-yard box and then, having slightly overran the cross, volleyed home with the outside of his left boot.
Lovely dribble from Cancelo on the right and then a low cross which Andre Silva could not get to.
Fernandes, who has been pretty quiet so far, played a nice through-ball to Jota who is dispossessed by Badalov as he approached the penalty area.
A Moutinho free kick ends with Bernardo Silva putting in a cross from just outside the six-yard box which Magomedaliyev punches away.
There's the equaliser. Alaskarov also received a card, catching Moutinho with his studs as was beaten to a ball both stretched to meet.
Joao Palhinha is yellow carded for a foul on Garayev. Not a great deal in it, the Azer skipper putting a little mayo on his roll.
Crosses from either wing, from Andre Silva and Jota are easily dealt with.
Andre Silva played in Jota in the left hand side of the penalty area and his cross in front of the goalkeeper was cleared well by Haghverdi.
Cancelo starts a move with an audacious flick in the middle of the field before latching onto the ball in the box and setting up a shot for Moutinho whose effort was blocked and a fortunate offside call spared the referee having to judge whether the ball brushing an Azerbaijan arm in the box was worthy of a spot kick.
Early pressurte from Portugal after a lovely dribble into the box from Bernardo Silva but no one was there to attack the cross when it came from Cancelo. The first instance of many what if he was playing thoughts...
Azerbaijan get the game underway..
The players are on the field at the Baku Olimpiya Stadion and we'll be ready to go shortly.
Azerbaijan had a very interesting week leading into this match with a humiliating loss to Luxembourg six days ago before grabbing their first point in Group A drawing against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday.
There are no other changes from the Portuguese side who were so nearly humbled at home to the Irish.
Perhaps wisely, there is no direct replacement to fill the giant boots of Ronaldo, with Joao Moutinho coming into the midfield and Bernardo Silva pushed forward to play in the front three.
The star-billing of this match is lacking with Cristiano Ronaldo banned for removing his shirt after his injury-time winner and record-setting 111th international goal against the Republic of Ireland last Wednesday.
This Azerbaijan XI take on Portugal in just under an hour.
This is the Portugal side which will take the field in Baku.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's live coverage of the World Cup qualifier between Azerbaijan and Portugal. I'm Ciaran Baynes and I'll be following the match with you.