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England steal a march on rivals

Published: Tuesday 29 March 2005, 20.50CET
England 2-0 Azerbaijan Two first-half goals take England three points clear of Germany at the top of Group 6.
Published: Tuesday 29 March 2005, 20.50CET

England steal a march on rivals

England 2-0 Azerbaijan Two first-half goals take England three points clear of Germany at the top of Group 6.

By Paul Saffer

England are three points clear of Germany at the top of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 6 after two first-half goals defeated Azerbaijan.

Welsh goal
Despite early dominance, England were worried about repeating their 0-0 draw in Azerbaijan in October until the 27th minute, when James Milner's ball found its way to John Welsh, who marked his first U21 start with a strong finish from outside the area. Dean Ashton, who also scored in Friday's 2-2 draw with Germany, found the top corner not long before half-time, like Welsh set up by Milner.

Crucial qualifiers
That was how the game ended, despite further chances for England, whose coach Peter Taylor signed a new contract running until summer 2006 at the weekend. Unbeaten England's lead could disappear when Germany play their match in hand in Poland on 16 August, while Taylor's team return to action in Wales on 2 September. Azerbaijan, yet to score in the group and with only the point they gained at home to England, welcome Poland on 3 June.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.32CET

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Lineups

England

England

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

1
CarsonScott Carson (GK)
1
MajidovRuslan Majidov (GK)
2
RoseniorLiam Rosenior
2
AllahverdiyevElnur Allahverdiyev
3
WhittinghamPeter Whittingham
3
NamazovMikayil Namazov (C)
4
TaylorSteven Taylor
5
MaharramovJemshid Maharramov
Yellow Card45
5
DavenportCallum Davenport (C)
6
SadygovRashad A. Sadygov
6
HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone
7
Romal HuseynovRomal Huseynov
Yellow Card84
7
MilnerJames Milner
9
AghakishiyevMurad Aghakishiyev
Substitution64
8
WelshJohn Welsh
Goal26
11
R. AbbasovRamazan Abbasov
9
BentDarren Bent
Substitution81
14
RajabovOrkhan Rajabov
Substitution90+1
10
AshtonDean Ashton
Goal41
Substitution68
16
LevinVladimir Levin
Substitution76
11
RichardsonKieran Richardson
Substitution56
18
ÄmircanovRuslan Ämircanov

Substitutes

13
CampLee Camp (GK)
12
KarimiDavid Karimi (GK)
12
RidgewellLiam Ridgewell
4
AbdurakhmanovSamir Abdurakhmanov
Substitution90+1
14
MarneyDean Marney
8
Jamal MammadovJamal Mammadov
Substitution64
15
RoutledgeWayne Routledge
Substitution56
10
NuriyevElvin Nuriyev
16
MooreLuke Moore
13
AdishirinovJeyhun Adishirinov
17
SteadJonathan Stead
Substitution68
15
Elnur AbbasovElnur Abbasov
Substitution76
18
AmbroseDarren Ambrose
Substitution81
17
MuradovRashad Muradov

Coach

Peter Taylor (ENG) Vagif Sadykov (AZE)

Referee

René Rogalla (SUI)

Assistant referees

Jean-Paul Remy (SUI), Klaus Rogalla (SUI)

Fourth official

Bruno Grossen (SUI)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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