2016 European Championship Qualifying, Group Stage 2016
  • Islambek Kuat (65')

Kazakhstan win away to Latvia to avoid finishing bottom of group

Islambek Kuat's second-half strike earned Kazakhstan a 1-0 victory over Latvia in their final Euro 2016 Group A qualifier in Riga on Tuesday night.

The game was heading for a goalless draw until 22-year-old midfielder Kuat surged through the Latvian defence and slotted past goalkeeper Andris Vanins in the 65th minute to earn Kazakhstan their first and only victory of the campaign.

Defeat for Marian Pahars' Latvia means they finish bottom of the group with five points from their 10 games, while Kazakhstan were able to leapfrog them to finish second from bottom on goal difference.