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England seal progress with Azerbaijan success

Published: Thursday 6 September 2012, 19.15CET
Azerbaijan 0-2 England
Steven Caulker and Jonjo Shelvey scored to secure the visitors a ticket to the play-offs as Azerbaijan bowed out with a defeat.
by Abbas Zahidi
from Dalga Stadium
England seal progress with Azerbaijan success
Steven Caulker's goal put England on their way to victory ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 6 September 2012, 19.15CET

England seal progress with Azerbaijan success

Azerbaijan 0-2 England
Steven Caulker and Jonjo Shelvey scored to secure the visitors a ticket to the play-offs as Azerbaijan bowed out with a defeat.

England made sure of a place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs after goals from Steven Caulker and Jonjo Shelvey earned the Group 8 leaders a 2-0 victory in Azerbaijan.

Stuart Pearce's visitors went ahead when Tottenham Hotspur FC defender Caulker headed in from Shelvey's free-kick in the 28th minute. It was Shelvey himself who settled the result with the second goal seven minutes from time, a fine finish after a ball from the right by Liverpool FC team-mate Martin Kelly.

With 18 points from a possible 21, England can look forward with confidence to Monday's final group qualifier at home against Norway, two points behind them in second. Although Norway can still pip England to top spot, Pearce's side are certain of finishing as one of the four best runners-up. As for Azerbaijan, their campaign ended with this defeat, their fifth in eight games, which leaves them in fourth place with seven points.

Azerbaijan's hopes of bowing out on a high flickered early on when from Mirhüseyin Seyidov's corner, Araz Abdullayev had an effort blocked and Cavid Imamverdiyev headed the loose ball wide. England then gained control, though, and dominated possession against opponents seemingly happy to play on the counterattack.

England could have had more goals than the two they managed: Thomas Ince and Wilfred Zaha both missed from close range while home goalkeeper Salahat Aghayev kept out a Marvin Sordell effort. Azerbaijan threatened again on the hour when Imamverdiyev broke into the box and shot over but that was as good as it got for the home side.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.18CET

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Lineups

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

England

England

1
AghayevSalahat Aghayev (GK)
1
AmosBen Amos (GK)
2
QarayevQara Qarayev
2
KellyMartin Kelly
3
GuliyevTarlan Guliyev
3
RoseDanny Rose
5
MammadovNovruz Mammadov
Substitution81
4
LoweJason Lowe
6
SeyidovMirhüseyin Seyidov (C)
5
CaulkerSteven Caulker
Goal28
7
A. AbdullayevAraz Abdullayev
6
DawsonCraig Dawson
Yellow Card25
8
ImamverdiyevCavid Imamverdiyev
7
ZahaWilfried Zaha
Substitution61
10
E. GuliyevEshgin Guliyev
Substitution81
8
HendersonJordan Henderson (C)
14
GuseynovBadavi Guseynov
Yellow Card71
9
SordellMarvin Sordell
Substitution69
17
R. UmarovRizvan Umarov
Substitution46
10
ShelveyJonjo Shelvey
Goal83
19
AbasiyevAbdulla Abasiyev
11
InceThomas Ince
Substitution86

Substitutes

12
UmarovOsman Umarov (GK)
13
RuddDeclan Rudd (GK)
9
HasanovOrkhan Hasanov
Substitution46
12
ClyneNathaniel Clyne
11
GurbanovRuslan Gurbanov
Substitution81
14
BennettRyan Bennett
13
AgaevMurad Agaev
15
MarshallBen Marshall
Substitution61
15
GuluzadeAmit Guluzade
16
DelfounesoNathan Delfouneso
Substitution86
20
U. AbbasovUrfan Abbasov
Substitution81
17
WaghornMartyn Waghorn
23
IsgandarovTural Isgandarov
18
WickhamConnor Wickham
Substitution69

Coach

Bernhard Lippert (GER) Stuart Pearce (ENG)

Referee

Antonis Giachos (GRE)

Assistant referees

Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE), Michael Karsiotis (GRE)

Fourth official

Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)

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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