Robert Prosinečki has named his Azerbaijan side to face Serbia in a friendly on 7 June and the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier against Norway five days later. Goalkeeper Agil Mammadov and midfielder Araz Abdullayev of Neftçi PFK are back in the team while FC Metalurh Zaporizhya defender Pavlo Pashayev could win his first international cap.
Goalkeepers: Kamran Agayev (Qäbälä FK), Agil Mammadov (Neftçi PFK), Emil Balayev (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Defenders: Rashad F. Sadygov (Qarabağ FK), Maxim Medvedev (Qarabağ FK), Badavi Guseynov (Qarabağ FK), Ruslan Abışov (Qäbälä FK), Arif Dashdemirov (İnter Bakı PİK), Magomed Mirzabekov (İnter Bakı PİK), Pavlo Pashayev (FC Metalurh Zaporizhya)
Midfielders: Araz Abdullayev (Neftçi PFK), Cavid Hüseynov (Qäbälä FK), Elvin Jamalov (Qäbälä FK), Rahid Amirguliyev (Xäzär Länkäran FK), Elnur Jafarov (Xäzär Länkäran FK), Qara Qarayev (Qarabağ FK), Cavid Tagiyev (Qarabağ FK), Afran Ismayilov (İnter Bakı PİK), Joshgun Diniyev (İnter Bakı PİK), Elvin Mamedov (İnter Bakı PİK), Dmitri Nazarov (Karlsruher SC), Tugrul Erat (Fortuna Düsseldorf)
Forwards: Vugar Nadirov (Qarabağ FK), Magomed Kurbanov (Sumqayıt FK), Ruslan Gurbanov (HNK Hajduk Split)
Robert Prosinečki, Azerbaijan coach:
This was our present to the Azerbaijani people for Novruz [Azeri new year celebration]. We played well for 90 minutes. We can play better, but I think 2-0 is a good score. We had lost our first four games and we wanted to win this one. There was huge pressure on us. We scored quickly, but of course, not everything went to plan. We made mistakes. We will work on them. I had three new players in squad. Of course, Malta are not the best footballing nation, but we had huge pressure from the media too.
Cavid Hüseynov should be appreciated today. He played really well. We should talk about the positive things. I saw Malta's match against Croatia and Italy. They have a new system. Big teams will have to work hard when they take on Malta.
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