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Wednesday, 30 March 2005
World Cup 2006 UEFA Group 6 qualification match

England 2 Azerbaijan 0 [0-0]

 

St. James' Park, Gallowgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear Attendance: 49,096; Kick-off: 7:44pm BST;
Live on BBC One (UK) - Commentator: John Motson.

England - Steven Gerrard (fifteen-yard half-volley 51 50:33), David Beckham (chested, then nineteen-yard shot 62 61:19). Match Summary
England Squad
Azerbaijan Squad
Results 2000-2005 England - David Beckham (42), Michael Owen (54).
Azerbaijan - Vugar Guliyev (57).

Azerbaijan kicked-off. 96 minutes (48 & 48).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Portugal

England

Type

Azerbaijan

Referee (yellow) - Paulo Manuel Gomes Costa
40 (2 December 1964), Porto, FIFA listed 1999.

Assistant Referees - Bertino da Cunha Miranda, 32 (18 May 1972) and João Ferreira dos Santos, 36 (5 November 1968).

Fourth official - Joaquim Paulo Gomes Ferreira Paraty da Silva, 42 (17 December 1962), Miragaia, Porto, FIFA-listed 1997.

Guest of Honour - Sir Bobby Robson.

21 Goal Attempts 10
11 Attempts on Target 4
4 Hit Bar/Post 0
13 Corner Kicks Won 0
3 Offside Calls Against 1
14 Fouls Conceded 9
69.1% Possession 30.9%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (23rd March 2005) 8th
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 2005 home uniform - White collared shirts with large red cross on right shoulder, navy blue shorts with thin white narrowing stripe on right thigh and red hem, white socks with navy blue half-striped tops.
Capt: David Beckham, 44th captaincy, Michael Owen after 84 minutes. Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 57, appointed 31 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
51st match, W 28 - D 15 - L 8 - F 98 - A 46.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 25 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 12 6 GA
2 Neville, Gary A. 30 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 76 0
3 Cole, Ashley 24 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 39 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 24 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 34 6
5 Ferdinand, Rio G., off 77th min. 26 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 38 0
6 Terry, John G. 24 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 17 0
7 Beckham, David R.J., off 84th min. 29 2 May 1975 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 80 16
Beckham cautioned in the 42nd min. for Unsporting Behaviour for playing on after losing one boot!
8 Lampard, Frank J. 26 20 June 1978 M Chelsea FC 32 8
9 Rooney, Wayne M., off 77th min. 19 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 23 9
10 Owen, Michael J. 25 14 December 1979 F Real Madrid CF, Spain 69 29
Owen cautioned in the 54th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for handball. Suspended.
11 Cole, Joseph J. 23 23 November 1981 M Chelsea FC 21 3
England Substitutes
14 King, Ledley B., on 77th min. for Ferdinand 23 12 October 1980 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 12 0
15 Dyer, Kieron C., on 77th min. for Rooney 26 29 December 1978 M Newcastle United FC 28 0
18 Defoe, Jermain C., on 84th min. for Beckham 22 7 October 1982 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 10 1

unused substitutes:

12-Jamie Carragher, 13-David James, 16-Jermaine Jenas, 17-Emile Heskey.

team notes:

Gary Neville and squad member, Phil, are brothers.
   

4-4-2

Robinson -
Neville, Ferdinand
(King), Terry, A.Cole -
Beckham
(Defoe), Lampard, Gerrard, J.Cole -
Rooney
(Dyer), Owen.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.0 Appearances/Goals 40.0 6.5

 

Azerbaijan Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (23rd March 2005) 116th
ELO rating =120th to 121st
Colours: Made by Puma - Blue shirts with blue/red/green thin stripe down left side, white shorts, blue socks with white trim;
Capt: Gurban Gurbanov Coach: Carlos Alberto Torres, 60 (17 July 1944), appointed 15 February 2004, 
15th match, W 2 - D 5 - L 8 - F 12 - A 31.
Azerbaijan Lineup
1 Kramarenko, Dimitriy S. 29 12 September 1975 G İK Karvan 29 0
2 Amirbekov, Rafael, off 46th min. 29 23 February 1976 CD FK Baki 12 0
3 Hacıyev, Avtandil S. 23 13 August 1981 CD Turan PFK 11 0
4 Gashimov, Zaur 24 3 August 1980 RB İnter PİK 2 0
5 Baxşiyev, Elmar 24 3 August 1980 M İnter PİK 2 0
6 Abdurakhmanov, İlqar 26 27 March 1979 LB Xəzər Lənkəran FK 4 0
7 Melikov, Rail N. 19 18 December 1985 D FK Baki 4 0
8 Kərimov, Aslan 32 1 January 1973 D FK Qarabağ Ağdam 21 0
9 Qurbanov, Qurban G., off 76th min. 32 13 April 1972 F Neftçi Peşəkar FK 61 14
10 Sadıqov, Rəşad F. 21 8 October 1983 CD Neftçi Peşəkar FK 29 2
11 Nəbiyev, Nadir, off 76th min. 24 18 July 1980 F Turan PFK 19 0
Azerbaijan Substitutes
15 Quliyev, Vugar, on 46th min. for Amirbekov 26 20 November 1978 CD FK MKT-Araz İmişli 3 0
Quliyev cautioned in the 57th min. for Unsporting Behaviour.
10 Ponomarev, Anatoli I., on 76th min. for Gurbanov 22 12 June 1982 M İnter PİK 11 0
17 Axtyamov, Daniel, on 76th min. for Nabiyev 20 26 March 1985 F İnter PİK 5 0

unused substitutes:

12-Changir Həsənzadə, 13- Samir Abbasov, 16-Kamal Quliyev, 18-İldar Qurbanov.
   
5-3-1-1 Kramarenko -
Gashimov, Amirbekov
(V Quliyev), Sadıqov, Hacıyev, Abdurakhmanov -
Melikov, Kərimov, Baxşiyev -
Nəbiyev
(Axtyamov) -
Qurbanov
(Ponomaryov).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.7 Appearances/Goals 17.6 1.4

 

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

England suffered 45 minutes of frustration before beating Azerbaijan at St James' Park with goals from Steven Gerrard and David Beckham.  Azerbaijan survived a first-half siege, and even came close to going ahead through Gurban Gurbanov, before England broke the deadlock after 51 minutes.  Gerrard scored at the far post from Wayne Rooney's cross before Beckham raced clear to add a second.

England were dominant with Rooney and Frank Lampard hitting the woodwork.  Sven-Göran Eriksson's side never threatened to emulate Poland's 8-0 thrashing of Azerbaijan, and a second-half booking for Michael Owen rules him out of the qualifier against Wales in Cardiff in September.  England, attempting to follow on from Poland's rout, almost fell behind in sensational fashion after seven minutes.

John Terry's mistake allowed Gurbanov to break clear and his shot beat Paul Robinson only to fly inches wide.  The rest of the half was a tale of ceaseless England pressure, with the Azerbaijan goal somehow surviving intact.  Owen had a header saved by Dmitry Kramarenko, then saw a header ricochet off the goalkeeper on to Beckham before striking the post.  Lampard, who had earlier shot narrowly wide, struck the outside of the post from 20 yards with Kramarenko well beaten after 26 minutes. Gerrard then tested Kramarenko, before Beckham was cautioned for apparently returning to the pitch without permission after losing a boot.

Owen missed the best chance of the game, somehow heading wide of an open goal, before Beckham wasted the last opportunity of the half with a poor far-post header.  Azerbaijan's Elmar Bakhshiyev forced Robinson's first serious save of the night seconds after the re-start, before England finally broke the deadlock after 51 minutes.  Rooney escaped two challenges on the left before crossing to the far post for Gerrard to score via the crossbar.

Owen was cautioned for attempting to handle Rooney's cross into the net, a second yellow card of the qualifiers that rules him out of the game against Wales.  Azerbaijan were finally starting to look stretched, and it was no surprise when Beckham ran on to Lampard's pass to score with a neat finish after 62 minutes. 

England were almost camped in the Azerbaijan penalty area, and Rooney brought a fine diving stop from Kramarenko before hitting the post with a header seconds later.  Robinson then spared England's blushes with a fine block from Nadir Nabiyev.  And in injury time Owen's frustrating night was complete when Kramerenko blocked his shot after he found himself unmarked at the far post.

Source Notes

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