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Poland denied by improved Azeris

Published: Friday 3 June 2005, 22.41CET
Azerbaijan 1-1 Poland Azerbaijan strike their first goal in Group 6 as Poland drop two vital points.
Published: Friday 3 June 2005, 22.41CET

Poland denied by improved Azeris

Azerbaijan 1-1 Poland Azerbaijan strike their first goal in Group 6 as Poland drop two vital points.

By Erkin Ibragimov

Poland missed their chance to draw level with second-placed Germany as UEFA European Under-21 qualifying Group 6 rivals Azerbaijan struck their first goal in the group to deny their visitors victory.

Poland lead
Azerbiajan, bottom with only one point and no goals from six games in the pool before today, created the first chance on 14 minutes when a good move set up PFK Turan Tovuz midfielder Romal Guseynov, but his effort lacked precision. And Poland, who defeated Azerbaijan 3-0 at home in March, punished that miss six minutes later as David Kucharek put them ahead to boost their hopes of a play-off berth.

Abbasov equaliser
But in the 32nd minute FK Baku midfielder Ramazan Abbasov was his team's hero as he was put through one-on-one with the Poland goalkeeper, kept his nerve and equalised. Ruslan Amirjanov could have added another goal for the hosts soon after, but could not beat the Polish custodian.

Majidov save
Ten minutes into the second half, Kucharek broke through but home goalkeeper Ruslan Majidov, Azerbaijan's only foreign-based player, stopped his shot and his team held on to add to their point gained against England in October.

Coach's delight
Home coach Vagif Sadygov, whose team go to unbeaten Germany on 2 September, said: "This game has shown that our football has a future. We tried to thank the spectators who came to support us with beautiful football and good result. I liked the Poland team and I won't be surprised to see their forward Pawel Brozek playing for a top European club soon." Brozek and co can still move up to second if they defeat Germany in the next group game on 16 August.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.30CET

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Lineups

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Poland

Poland

1
MajidovRuslan Majidov (GK)
1
CierzniakRadosław Cierzniak (GK)
2
AllahverdiyevElnur Allahverdiyev
2
WojtkowiakGrzegorz Wojtkowiak
3
NamazovMikayil Namazov (C)
17
DudkaDariusz Dudka
4
LevinVladimir Levin
3
SzukałaŁukasz Szukała
5
MaharramovJemshid Maharramov
Yellow Card42
Substitution52
5
WojciechowskiPawel Wojciechowski
Substitution46
7
Romal HuseynovRomal Huseynov
4
KucharskiDawid Kucharski
Goal20
Yellow Card32
Substitution75
9
AghakishiyevMurad Aghakishiyev
6
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
11
R. AbbasovRamazan Abbasov
Goal31
Substitution78
7
ZganiaczMariusz Zganiacz
14
NadirovVüqar Nadirov
Substitution60
13
SzałachowskiSebastian Szałachowski
Substitution46
17
MuradovRashad Muradov
11
Piotr BrożekPiotr Brożek
18
ÄmircanovRuslan Ämircanov
9
Pawel BrożekPaweł Brożek (C)
Yellow Card89

Substitutes

12
AgayevKamran Agayev (GK)
12
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
13
AdishirinovJeyhun Adishirinov
14
RzeźniczakJakub Rzeźniczak
15
Elnur AbbasovElnur Abbasov
Substitution52
15
TelichowskiBlazej Telichowski
16
KarimovRashad Karimov
Substitution78
16
SasinPawel Sasin
Substitution46
6
AbdullayevElnur Abdullayev
Substitution60
10
GregorekKarol Gregorek
Substitution46
8
RajabovOrkhan Rajabov
18
PlizgaDavid Plizga
Substitution75
10
AkhtyamovDaniel Akhtyamov
19
M. BurkhardtMarcin Burkhardt

Coach

Vagif Sadykov (AZE) Władysław Źmuda (POL)

Referee

Stanislav Sukhina (RUS)

Assistant referees

Alexey Monahov (RUS), Vladimir Bobyk (RUS)

Fourth official

Igor Egorov (RUS)

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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