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.
Robert Prosinečki has selected seven Qarabağ FK in his 24-man Azerbaijan squad for the European qualifier against Malta on 28 March. Eddy Israfilov is the only newcomer.
Goalkeepers: Kamran Agayev (Qäbälä FK), Salahat Agayev (İnter Bakı PİK), Andriy Popovich (Sumqayıt FK).
Defenders: Rashad F. Sadygov (Qarabağ FK), Badavi Guseynov (Qarabağ FK), Maxim Medvedev (Qarabağ FK), Ruslan Abışov (Qäbälä FK), Arif Dashdemirov (İnter Bakı PİK), Magomed Mirzabekov (İnter Bakı PİK), Mahir Shukurov (Karşıyaka SK).
Midfielders: Cavid Hüseynov (Qäbälä FK), Rahid Amirguliyev (Xäzär Länkäran FK), Qara Qarayev (Qarabağ FK), Namik Alaskarov (Qarabağ FK), Cavid Tagiyev (Qarabağ FK), Afran Ismayilov (İnter Bakı PİK), Joshgun Diniyev (İnter Bakı PİK), Elvin Mamedov (İnter Bakı PİK), Eddy Israfilov (Granada CF), Dmitri Nazarov (Karlsruher SC).
Strikers: Vugar Nadirov (Qarabağ FK), Magomed Kurbanov (Sumqayıt FK), Ruslan Gurbanov (HNK Hajduk Split), Vagif Javadov (Gaziantep BB).
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