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Germany without Jansen for Vogts return

Published: Monday 6 September 2010, 12.00CET
A Germany side shorn of Marcell Jansen entertain Berti Vogts' Azerbaijan in EURO qualifying Group A almost a year to the day since Joachim Löw's team defeated their opponents 4-0.
Germany without Jansen for Vogts return
Miroslav Klose scores Germany's third against Azerbaijan last September ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 6 September 2010, 12.00CET

Germany without Jansen for Vogts return

A Germany side shorn of Marcell Jansen entertain Berti Vogts' Azerbaijan in EURO qualifying Group A almost a year to the day since Joachim Löw's team defeated their opponents 4-0.

Germany and Azerbaijan met on the road to the 2010 FIFA World Cup and they will lock horns again in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group A, with the latter keen to record a first point against their illustrious rivals.

• Marcell Jansen has withdrawn from the squad after picking up a knee injury which forced him off at half-time of the 1-0 win in Belgium. Otherwise, Joachim Löw has a fully fit squad to choose from. "In the first half [against Belgium] it was really difficult for us, we gave the ball away too soon," said Löw. "In the second half we created some chances and scored a goal. The win was important, the team showed good spirit. In the first half we needed some time to get off the ground. That was better after the break. Now we are happy to have a home game against Azerbaijan."

Team news
Germany squad
Goalkeepers: René Adler (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Manuel Neuer (FC Schalke 04), Tim Wiese (SV Werder Bremen)
Defenders: Holger Badstuber (FC Bayern München), Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München), Per Mertesacker (SV Werder Bremen), Sascha Riether (VfL Wolfsburg), Heiko Westermann (Hamburger SV)
Midfielders: Sami Khedira (Real Madrid CF), Toni Kroos (FC Bayern München), Marko Marin (SV Werder Bremen), Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München), Mesut Özil (Real Madrid CF), Lukas Podolski (1. FC Köln), Bastian Schweinsteiger (FC Bayern München), Christian Träsch (VfB Stuttgart)
Forwards: Cacau (VfB Stuttgart), Mario Gómez (FC Bayern München), Miroslav Klose (FC Bayern München), Stefan Kießling (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)

• Former Germany coach Berti Vogts has recalled Sasha Yunisoglu, midfielder Fábio Luís Ramim and striker Vugar Nadyrov after lengthy international absences, the latter being one of eight Qarabağ FK players in the squad. Elvin Mammadov and Javid Huseynov will join the party after the Under-21s' qualifier against Albania on 4 September, though he does have concerns over Vladimir Levin and Ruslan Abushev after the defenders missed the latest round of domestic matches because of injury.

Azerbaijan squad
Goalkeepers: Kamran Agayev (Xäzär Länkäran FK), Ferhad Veliyev (Qarabağ FK), Salahat Agayev (FC İnter Bakı)
Defenders: Sasha Yunisoglu (Qäbälä PFK), Vladimir Levin (FC İnter Bakı), Elnur Allahverdiyev (Xäzär Länkäran FK), Rail Melikov (Neftçi PFK), Ruslan Abushev (Neftçi PFK), Vurgun Huseynov (Turan PFK), Rashad F. Sadygov (Qarabağ FK), Maksim Medvedev (Qarabağ FK)
Midfielders: Aleksandr Chertoganov (FC İnter Bakı), Amit Guluzade (Neftçi PFK), Araz Abdullayev (Neftçi PFK), Javid Huseynov (Neftçi PFK), Rahid Amirguliyev (Xäzär Länkäran FK), Fábio Luís Ramim (Bakı FK), Rashad A. Sadygov (Qarabağ FK), Samir Abbasov (Qarabağ FK), Elvin Mammadov (Qarabağ FK), Mahir Shukurov (FC Anzhi Makhachkala)
Forwards: Rauf Aliyev (Qarabağ FK), Vugar Nadyrov (Qarabağ FK), Vagif Dzhavadov (FC Twente)

Match background
• Germany's record in two games against Azerbaijan reads W2 D0 L0 (W1 D0 L0 at home).

• Joachim Löw's charges secured a 2-0 success in the teams' first encounter in Baku on 12 August last year, when Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslav Klose made the difference either side of the interval.

• Klose then plundered two more efforts in the return match in Hanover on 9 September the same year, sandwiching his strikes between a Michael Ballack penalty and a Lukas Podolski goal in a 4-0 triumph for Germany.

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