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Poles pushing for finals place

Published: Friday 25 March 2005, 19.03CET
Poland 3-0 Azerbaijan A routine victory in Warsaw puts the home team back in contention in Group 6.
Published: Friday 25 March 2005, 19.03CET

Poles pushing for finals place

Poland 3-0 Azerbaijan A routine victory in Warsaw puts the home team back in contention in Group 6.

By Maciej Iwanski

Poland moved back into contention for a place in next year's UEFA European Under-21 Championship as a comfortable win against Azerbaijan at the Polonia stadium in Warsaw closed the gap on the top two in Group 6.

Beautiful breakthrough
Despite the comfortable final margin of victory, Wladyslaw Zmuda's team did not break through a solid Azeri defence until seven minutes before half-time, Marcin Burkhardt giving goalkeeper Ruslan Majidow no chance with a beautiful 30-metre shot.

Second-half surge
Having finally opened the scoring, the Poles completely seized the initiative after half-time, with Karol Gregorek fouled inside the Azerbaijan penalty area five minutes into the second period and Piotr Brozek making no mistake from the spot. Pawel Brozek's fifth goal of the qualifying campaign 20 minutes later put the seal on a fine win.

Poland third
Poland moved on to eight points from five games, but remained third in the standings and will hope for three more points in the reverse fixture between these two sides on 3 June. Azerbaijan, meanwhile, stayed bottom of the table on one point, and travel to England on Tuesday night.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.33CET

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Lineups

Poland

Poland

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

1
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
1
MajidovRuslan Majidov (GK)
2
WojtkowiakGrzegorz Wojtkowiak
2
AllahverdiyevElnur Allahverdiyev
5
DudkaDariusz Dudka
3
NamazovMikayil Namazov (C)
3
SzukałaŁukasz Szukała
5
MaharramovJemshid Maharramov
4
TelichowskiBlazej Telichowski
6
SadygovRashad A. Sadygov
Substitution86
7
F. BurkhardtFilip Burkhardt
Substitution46
7
Romal HuseynovRomal Huseynov
19
M. BurkhardtMarcin Burkhardt
Goal38
9
AghakishiyevMurad Aghakishiyev
6
ZganiaczMariusz Zganiacz
11
R. AbbasovRamazan Abbasov
Substitution57
11
Piotr BrożekPiotr Brożek
Goal51
Substitution71
14
E. AliyevElvin Aliyev
10
GregorekKarol Gregorek
17
MuradovRashad Muradov
Substitution90
9
Pawel BrożekPaweł Brożek (C)
Goal68
Substitution83
18
ÄmircanovRuslan Ämircanov

Substitutes

12
CierzniakRadosław Cierzniak (GK)
12
KarimiDavid Karimi (GK)
14
WojciechowskiPawel Wojciechowski
4
AbdurakhmanovSamir Abdurakhmanov
15
KuzeraKamil Kuzera
8
Jamal MammadovJamal Mammadov
20
StrakPawel Strak
10
NuriyevElvin Nuriyev
Substitution57
13
SzałachowskiSebastian Szałachowski
Substitution46
13
Elnur MammadovElnur Mammadov
Substitution86
16
SasinPawel Sasin
Substitution71
15
Elnur AbbasovElnur Abbasov
17
KlattMarcin Klatt
Substitution83
16
LevinVladimir Levin
Substitution90

Coach

Władysław Źmuda (POL) Vagif Sadykov (AZE)

Referee

Cristian Balaj (ROU)

Assistant referees

Aurel Onita (ROU), Zoltán Székely (ROU)

Fourth official

Victor Berbecaru (ROU)

Legend:

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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