In glorious sunshine, the Monegasque delegation went for a late morning walk to stretch their legs on the Caspian Sea front. A chance for Stephan El Shaarawy to reflect on his last trip to Azerbaijan: "I played here in Baku with Italy last month. I have good memories of that, because I scored. Hopefully I can do the same with AS Monaco."
More distant memories for Ricardo Carvalho, who came to the Azeri capital 15 years ago. Back then, he was only around twenty years old, and played a match with the Portuguese national side. "It's incredible how much this city has changed. It's become really pretty."