Azerbaijan and Poland draw in group opener

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Azerbaijan and Poland draw in group opener

AZERBAIJAN and Poland played out a scoreless draw in the opening fixture of UEFA Women's U19 Championships Elite Qualifying Round Group 1 at Carlisle Grounds, Bray, this afternoon.
5th Apr 2016

Azerbaijan 0-0 Poland

Poland passed up a clear-cut chance to open the scoring in the 12th minute when Agnieszka Jędrzejewicz was put through on goal but blazed over with just keeper Aytaj Sharifova to beat.

Azerbaijan defender Vesela Borukova made a stunning goal-line clearance to deny Patrycja Matla a certain opener in the 44th minute as Poland's pressure on the Azeri goal looked set to finally pay dividends.

The Azeris had a big chance to break the deadlock on the hour but Yaiza Relea fired over after bursting into the Polish penalty area.

Poland attacker Jędrzejewicz had a powerful shot from distance bravely saved by Sharifova in the 70th minute as the pressure continued on the Azeri goal.

The Poles came close to grabbing a sensational winner in the 89th minute when captain Ewa Cieśla dribbled past two defenders but unfortunately her shot was too high to trouble the keeper.

AZERBAIJAN: Aytaj Sharifova, Diana Mammadova, Vesela Borukova, Natalia Loa, Malena Ortiz, Yaiza Relea, Nigar Jalilli (Susan Mansimova 90+2), Kristina Bakarandze (Firangiz Teymurova 64), Aysun Aliyeva, Lucia Sanchez, Samara Ortiz.

POLAND: Kinga Szemik, Kamila Szafrańska (Julia Wycisk 84),         Klaudia Lefeld (Michalina Kowalska 61), Małgorzata Mesjasz, Patrycja Matla, Patrycja Falborska, Agnieszka Jędrzejewicz, Karolina Ostrowska, Aleksandra Nieciąg (Patrycja Jerzak 46), Ewa Cieśla, Katarzyna Michalska      .