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Wednesday, 13 October 2004
World Cup 2006 UEFA Group 6 qualification match

Azerbaijan 0 England 1 [0-1]

Tofiq Behramov adιna Respublika Stadionu, Narimanov, Baku
Attendance: 15,000;
Kick-off: 9:30pm AZT5:30pm BST;
Live on Sky Sports (UK) -
Commentator: Martin Tyler

England - Michael Owen (eight-yard header 22). Match Summary
Azerbaijan Squad
England Squad
Results 2000-2005 Azerbaijan - Kamal Guliyev (30), Rashad Sadygov (79).
England - Wayne Rooney (40), Ashley Cole (71), Nicky Butt (78).

England kicked-off. 95 minutes (46 & 49).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Luxembourg

Azerbaijan

Type

England

Referee (yellow) - Alain Hamer
43 (10 December 1965), Stad Lëtzebuerg, FIFA-listed 1993;

Assistant Referees - Henri Reuter, 45 (9 January 1959), and Francis Crelo, 41 (27 February 1963)

Fourth official - Robert Johnsdorf, 29 (27 December 1974), FIFA-listed 2002.

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  Possession  

Azerbaijan Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (6th October 2004) 114th
ELO rating 116th
Colours: Made by Puma - White shirts with blue/red/green thin stripe down left side, pale blue shorts, white socks with blue trim;
Capt: Rəşad Sadıqov Coach: Carlos Alberto Torres, 60 (17 July 1944), appointed 15 February 2004,
10th match, W 2 - D 4 - L 4 - F 11 - A 18.
Azerbaijan Lineup
1 Həsənzadə, Cahangir Ə. 25 4 August 1979 G Neftçi Peşəkar FK 21 0
2 Amirbekov, Rafael 28 23 February 1976 RB FK Baki 8 0
3 Hacıyev, Avtandil 23 13 August 1981 LB Turan PFK 6 0
4 Şükürov, Mahir A. 21 12 December 1982 M Antalyaspor FK, Turkey 9 0
5 Quliyev, Emin, off 74th min. 27 12 April 1977 M Neftçi Peşəkar FK 28 2
6 Quliyev, Kamal A. 27 14 November 1976 M İK Karvan 32 1
Kamel Guliyev cautioned in the 30th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul on Gary Neville.
14 Sadıqov, Rəşad F. 21 8 October 1983 CD Neftçi Peşəkar FK 21 0
Sadıqov cautioned in the 79th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a nasty challenge on Michael Owen.
8 Kərimov, Aslan 31 1 January 1973 M FK Qarabağ Ağdam 39 0
17 Əliyev, Samir Y., off 59th min. 25 14 April 1979 F Xəzər Lənkəran FK 22 1
10 Ponomarev, Anatoly I. 22 12 June 1982 M no club - -
11 Nəbiyev, Nadir, off 80th min. 24 18 July 1980 F Turan PFK 16 3
Azerbaijan Substitutes
9 Qurbanov, Qurban O., on 59th min. for Əliyev 32 13 April 1972 F Neftçi Peşəkar FK 55 12
18 Qurbanov, İlqar, on 74th min. for E Quliyev 18 25 April 1986 F Fenerbahçe SK, Turkey - 1
15 Abdullayev G., Rəşad, on 80th min. for Nabiyev 23 1 October 1981 M Xəzər Lənkəran FK - -

unused substitutes:

7-Mahmud Qurbanov, 12-Rauf Mehdiyev, 13-Samir Abbasov, 16-Ismayil Mammadov.
   
3-4-1-2 Həsənzadə -
Hayev, Sadıqov, Amirbekov -
Şükürov, Kerimov, E. Quliyev
(I Qurbanov), K. Quliyev -
Ponomarev -
Nəbiyev
(Abdullayev), Əliyev (Q Qurbanov).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.9 Appearances/Goals n/a n/a

 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (6th October 2004) 7th
ELO rating 6th to 4th
Colours: The 2004 away uniform - Red crew-neck shirts with red/white cross on each shoulder, blue hem, silver shorts with red trim and blue hem, red socks with white umbro diamond.
Capt: Michael Owen, 7th captaincy. Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 56, appointed 31 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
47th match, W 26 - D 14 - L 7 - F 92 - A 45.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 24 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 8 5 GA
2 Neville, Gary A. 29 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 72 0
3 Cole, Ashley 23 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 35 0
Cole cautioned in the 71st min. for Ungentlemanly Conduct.
4 Butt, Nicholas 29 21 January 1975 M Newcastle United FC 38 0
Butt cautioned in the 78th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul.
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 25 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 35 0
6 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 30 18 September 1974 CD Arsenal FC 64 1
7 Jenas, Jermaine A., off 72nd min. 21 18 February 1983 M Newcastle United FC 8 0
8 Lampard, Frank J. 26 20 June 1978 M Chelsea FC 28 7
9 Rooney, Wayne M., off 85th min. 18 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 19 9
Rooney cautioned in the 40th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for either a late sliding tackle into Rashad Sadygov (TheFA) or for his reaction after a tackle on Anatoly Ponomaryov. The tackle is clean but Rooney then stands over his opponent and is cautioned for his reaction (BBC).
10 Owen, Michael J. 24 14 December 1979 F Real Madrid CF, Spain 65 28
11 Defoe, Jermain C., off 55th min. 22 7 October 1982 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 7 1
England Substitutes
18 Smith, Alan, on 55th min. for Defoe 23 28 October 1980 F

Manchester United FC

12 1
17 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., on 72nd min. for Jenas 22 25 October 1981 F Manchester City FC 2 1
16 Cole, Joseph, J., on 85th min. for Rooney 22 23 November 1981 M Chelsea FC 19 2

unused substitutes:

12-Ledley King, 13-David James, 14-John Terry, 15-Owen Hargreaves.

team notes:

Gary Neville and squad member, Phil, are brothers.
   
4-3-1-2 Robinson -
Neville, Ferdinand, Campbell,
A.Cole -
Jenas
(Wright-Phillips), Butt, Lampard -
Rooney
(J.Cole) -
Defoe
(Smith), Owen.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.6 Appearances/Goals 35.5 4.3

 

    Match Report (Mike Payne's exclusive report coming shortly)

England's stand-in captain Michael Owen led from the front by heading the winner in the World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan.  Owen, deputising for the injured and suspended David Beckham in Baku, stole in on Ashley Cole's cross to head home after 21 minutes.  It strengthened England's position at the head of Group Six after a scrappy encounter in atrocious conditions.  Azerbaijan rarely threatened, with Emin Guliyev firing narrowly off target.

England coach Sven-Göran Eriksson opted for Newcastle's Jermaine Jenas as replacement for Beckham.  And England almost got the perfect start when Owen met Gary Neville's cross, but could not find the target.  Azerbaijan have been buoyed by home draws against Wales and Northern Ireland, and they came close to taking a shock lead after 11 minutes.  Guliyev's long-range drive almost shocked Paul Robinson, drifting only inches wide.

And England took advantage of the escape to take the lead, courtesy of Owen, in the 21st minutes.  Cole's measured cross to the far post was met by the unmarked Owen, who headed past Jahangir Hasanzade from eight yards.  Wayne Rooney, who had been cautioned for a foul on Anatoly Ponomaryov, had an opportunity to extend England's lead five minutes before the interval when Hasanadze was harshly penalised for picking up a back-pass.  Nicky Butt set Rooney up from close range, but his powerful drive rebounded to safety off the wall.  Robinson had to be alert to dive at the feet of Samir Aliyev eight minutes after half-time when England struggled to clear a free-kick.

But England responded with a threat of their own, Hasanzade looking uncertain as he turned a 30-yard free-kick from Frank Lampard over the top.  England coach Eriksson then made a switch, sending on Alan Smith for the subdued Jermain Defoe, as well as introducing Shaun Wright-Phillips for Jenas.  Rooney had worked hard in his deeper role, and he tested Hasanzade with another England free-kick, but the goalkeeper was equal to the task.  Azerbaijan enjoyed a greater share of possession in the closing stages, but England survived without any serious alarms.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
TheFA.com
SkySports.com/football
Azerbaijan FA

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