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France beat Bulgaria to reach last eight

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 10.55CET
France 3-1 Bulgaria
Locked together on four points at kick-off, France secured a comfortable win to go through as Group B winners and leave Bulgaria in third.
France beat Bulgaria to reach last eight
Patrice Loko (left) rounded off the scoring for France ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FranceBulgaria

Goals scored3
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 12:10 CET

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 10.55CET

France beat Bulgaria to reach last eight

France 3-1 Bulgaria
Locked together on four points at kick-off, France secured a comfortable win to go through as Group B winners and leave Bulgaria in third.

France moved up a gear to beat Bulgaria 3-1 and qualify for the quarter-finals as Group B winners.

The two teams met with identical records from their opening two fixtures but while Les Bleus left St James' Park with the rest of the tournament to look forward to, Bulgaria were left to ponder their early exit following Spain's late winner against Romania.

It looked an uphill struggle for Dimitar Penev's charges from the moment Laurent Blanc put France in front midway through the first half. Luboslav Penev's own goal made it 2-0 and although the ever-dependable Hristo Stoichkov halved Bulgaria's arrears, Patrice Loko put the result beyond doubt in the final minute.

Having missed out on the 1994 FIFA World Cup as a result of two defeats by Bulgaria in qualifying, Aimé Jacquet's team had more than one motivation this time around. They deservedly took the lead on 21 minutes when Blanc timed his run to perfection and headed Youri Djorkaeff's corner down and over the line.

Another Djorkaeff set piece combined with another foray forward from Blanc led to France's second, Luboslav Penev this time unwittingly turning into his own net. Stoichkov put his team back in contention six minutes later, though, curling in a free-kick to register his third goal in as many games.

That was as good as it got for the Bulgarians – even after news filtered through of Spain taking a late lead in Leeds, they had nothing left to give. Loko completed the scoring when he beat a lethargic offside trap and rounded goalkeeper Borislav Mihaylov before finishing left-footed.

Last updated: 20/01/12 15.30CET

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Lineups

France

France

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

1
LamaBernard Lama (GK)
1
MihaylovBorislav Mihaylov (GK) (C)
5
BlancLaurent Blanc
Goal21
3
IvanovTrifon Ivanov
Yellow Card8
6
GuérinVincent Guérin
5
HubchevPetar Hubchev
7
DeschampsDidier Deschamps (C)
6
YankovZlatko Yankov
Substitution79
8
DesaillyMarcel Desailly
Yellow Card3
8
StoichkovHristo Stoichkov
Goal69
9
DjorkaeffYouri Djorkaeff
9
PenevLuboslav Penev
Goal63
10
ZidaneZinédine Zidane
Substitution62
10
BalakovKrasimir Balakov
Substitution82
12
LizarazuBixente Lizarazu
11
LechkovYordan Lechkov
13
DugarryChristophe Dugarry
Yellow Card36
Substitution70
15
YordanovIvaylo Yordanov
15
ThuramLilian Thuram
17
KremenlievEmil Kremenliev
Yellow Card14
19
KarembeuChristian Karembeu
18
TsvetanovTsanko Tsvetanov

Substitutes

2
AnglomaJocelyn Angloma
4
KiriakovIlyan Kiriakov
3
Di MecoEric Di Meco
7
KostadinovEmil Kostadinov
4
LeboeufFrank Leboeuf
12
PopovDimitar Popov (GK)
11
LokoPatrice Loko
Substitution70
Goal90
13
GenchevBoncho Genchev
14
LamouchiSabri Lamouchi
14
SirakovNasko Sirakov
16
BarthezFabien Barthez (GK)
16
BorimirovDaniel Borimirov
Substitution79
17
MadarMickaël Madar
19
GenchevGosho Genchev
18
PedrosReynald Pedros
Substitution62
20
DonkovGeorgi Donkov
Substitution82
20
RocheAlain Roche
21
GeorgievIvo Georgiev
21
MartinsCorentin Martins
22
ZdravkovZdravko Zdravkov (GK)
22
MartiniBruno Martini (GK)

Coach

Aimé Jacquet (FRA) Dimitar Penev (BUL)

Referee

Dermot Gallagher (ENG)

Assistant referees

Philip John Joslin (ENG), Mark Warren (ENG)

Fourth official

Paul Anthony Durkin (ENG)

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