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Bulgaria edge past Andorra

Published: Wednesday 16 October 2002, 21.00CET
Bulgaria 2-1 Andorra Bulgaria make it three wins out of three, but Andorra give them a scare.

Match statistics

BulgariaAndorra

Goals scored2
 
1
Yellow cards0
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Wednesday 16 October 2002, 21.00CET

Bulgaria edge past Andorra

Bulgaria 2-1 Andorra Bulgaria make it three wins out of three, but Andorra give them a scare.

Bulgaria made it three wins from three EURO 2004™ Group 8 games, but they were made to work hard to secure a 2-1 win against a defiant Andorra side in Sofia.

Early chances
Bulgaria, who were without their hero from the match against Croatia, Dimitar Berbatov, started positively early on. Gueorgui Chilikov, Berbatov's replacement, spurned an opportunity to open the scoring in the third minute, when he failed reach a cross from the left by Ivailo Petkov, and missed another chance ten minutes later, sending a header straight at the keeper.

Goal disallowed
Zoran Jankovic thought he had scored in the 16th minute, but his goal was ruled out for an earlier handball, and Andorra almost caught the Bulgarians on the break in the next attack, but goalkeeper Zdravko Zdravkov came out to deny Emiliano González.

Chilikov strikes
A fine Gueorgui Peev cross from the left was wasted as three Bulgarian players failed to score at the far post on 20 minutes, but Peev was more successful eight minutes before the break when his cross found Chilikov who rose above the Andorran defence to head into the far corner.

Good saves
Peev and Stilian Petrov both had chances to double the lead before half-time, but their long shots were both saved by Koldo Alvárez in the Andorra goal. The goalkeeper made his mark early in the second half, too, with saves from shots by Chilikov, Ivailo Petkov, and Peev.

Superb free-kick
After 54 minutes, Alvárez had the linesman to thank when Martin Petrov was adjudged offside after volleying into the top right-hand corner from a Chilikov lay-off. However, the 42,000 fans at the Vasilij Levski stadium were celebrating four minutes later as a magnificent free-kick by Bulgarian captain Krassimir Balakov swirled sweetly into the top left-hand corner of Alvárez’s goal.

Andorra strike back
Bulgaria lost concentration after going two up and were brought back down to earth when Antonio Lima pulled a goal back from a Justo Ruiz corner before being sent off after elbowing Vladimir Manchev.

'Another three points'
"It was not a very difficult game," Bulgaria coach Plamen Markov said. "We had control of the game for the most of the match, but we failed to convert our chances. What is important is that we won another three points and are moving closer to EURO 2004."

Last updated: 17/10/02 0.57CET

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Lineups

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Andorra

Andorra

1
ZdravkovZdravko Zdravkov
1
KoldoÁlvarez Koldo
2
KishishevRadostin Kishishev
2
AyalaJosep Ayala
Yellow Card22
3
KirilovRosen Kirilov
3
EscuraJordi Escura
4
I PetkovIvaylo Petkov
4
Roberto JonásRoberto Jonás
9
JankovićZoran Janković
Substitution77
5
Toni LimaAn Toni Lima
Yellow Card58
Goal80
10
BalakovKrasimir Balakov (C)
Goal58
Substitution61
6
Ildefons LimaIldefons Lima
Yellow Card44
13
G PeevGeorgi Peev
7
GonzálezEmiliano González
Substitution63
16
ChilikovGeorgi Chilikov
Goal37
8
SonejeeÒscar Sonejee
17
M.PetrovMartin Petrov
Substitution75
9
FernándezJulià Fernández
18
PažinPredrag Pažin
10
JiménezManolo Jiménez
Substitution80
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov
11
GonzalezJusto Gonzalez (C)

Substitutes

27
IvankovDimitar Ivankov
13
Alfonso SánchezAlfonso Sánchez
14
Sve. PetrovSvetoslav Petrov
Substitution61
12
PujolMarc Pujol
Substitution80
15
ManchevVladimir Manchev
Substitution75
14
SilvaFernando Silva
Substitution63
20
G. IvanovGeorgi Ivanov
Substitution77
15
FerronDani Ferron
5
I. StoyanovIlian Stoyanov
16
Genís GarcíaGenís García
6
Georgi PetrovGeorgi Petrov
17
MontwaniAlain Montwani
8
ZagorčićZlatomir Zagorčić
18
BuxóDavid Buxó

Coach

Plamen Markov (BUL) David Rodrigo Lo (ESP)

Referee

Ceri Richards (WAL)

Assistant referees

Philip Bates (WAL), Maldwyn Williams (WAL)

Fourth official

Brian Lawlor (WAL)

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