Azeris shock Hiddink's Turkey

Turkey's hopes of reaching the UEFA EURO 2012 finals suffered a blow on Tuesday as they crashed to a surprise 1-0 loss in Azerbaijan.

The Turks performed superbly at EURO 2008 to reach the semi-finals, where they just lost out to eventual runners-up Germany. Tuesday, they were hoping to bag a third win in four matches to put pressure on Group A leaders Germany - later in action in Kazakhstan - and Austria, who had won their opening two games ahead of a trip to Belgium.

And with veteran Dutch tactician Guud Hiddink leading them, the Turks had all the more reason to hope at the start of their campaign they might just spring a surprise by advancing to next summer's finals. A win would have put Turkey level on points with the Germans, to whom they lost 3-0 away last Friday, at least for a couple of hours.

Instead, with Germany hot favourites to top the group, Turkish hopes lie in tatters after defender Rashad Sadygov of the Qarabag club scored the only goal of the game in Baku to give the hosts their first points at the third time of asking.

The win was a feather in the cap of the Azeris' experienced German coach Berti Vogts, who led the Germans to glory in 1996 before an unsuccessful spell in charge of Scotland and then West African powers Nigeria.