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Israel held by Azerbaijan 1-1 in WCup qualifier

September 7, 2013

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel was held to 1-1 by visiting Azerbaijan in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday that left the host struggling to stay in contention.

Israel remained third place in Europe Group F, three points behind second-placed Russia with three games to play. Azerbaijan was fifth and long out of contention.

Rahid Amirgulyev put Azerbaijan in front with a long-range strike in the 61st minute and Itay Shechter equalized from close range in the 73rd.

Israel faces Russia away on Tuesday.

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