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Poom keeps Bulgaria at bay

Published: Wednesday 2 April 2003, 20.00CET
Estonia 0-0 Bulgaria Bulgaria are frustrated in Tallinn by goalkeeper Mart Poom and a dogged defence.

Match statistics

EstoniaBulgaria

Goals scored0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 2 April 2003, 20.00CET

Poom keeps Bulgaria at bay

Estonia 0-0 Bulgaria Bulgaria are frustrated in Tallinn by goalkeeper Mart Poom and a dogged defence.

Bulgaria suffered the first frustration of their UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying campaign as they were held by a brave Estonia side in front of 4,000 fans in the A Le Coq Arena in Tallinn.

Oper recalled
Although Plamen Markov’s side lost their 100 per cent record in the qualifiers, they maintained their position at the top of Group 8. In freezing temperatures, Estonia had looked to sharpen their attacking edge by recalling Andres Oper to the starting lineup; the talented Aalborg BK striker had scored both Estonia’s late goals in the 2-1 friendly victory over Canada on Saturday as a substitute.

Poom the hero
But it was not to be Oper’s day. Instead it was Estonian goalkeeper Mart Poom who would prove the hero, as he repeatedly denied the Bulgarians in a battling second-half display, and came out of the game with an impressive clean sheet against the group leaders.

Oper threatening
Estonia started the game brightly and had some good early chances. The game was played at a high tempo from the kick-off and with the Bulgarians struggling to settle, Oper looked threatening. This early dominance was not converted into the chances coach Arno Pijpers would have liked, and the visitors soon took the game by the scruff of the neck.

Petrov miss
With the game drifting toward half-time, Bulgaria had the best chance of the match. The ball found its way to Martin Petrov, who was unmarked with only Poom to beat. However, the striker stepped on the ball in his effort to control it and Poom rushed out to smother the chance.

Bulgaria profligate
The second half saw Bulgaria tighten their grip, but the profligacy of their forwards cost them what had looked like a certain three points. Indeed Markov had said before the game that anything but victory would be a complete failure. The stubbornness of Poom and the Estonia back-line proved too much for Dimitar Berbatov and Zoran Jankovic, and the latter was duly replaced by Portsmouth FC striker Svetoslav Todorov at the break.

Milestone game
The draw gave Estonia only their second point of this qualification campaign but it was a momentous match for the hosts’ midfield player Marko Kristal, who won his 126th cap. He has now moved level with legends Paolo Maldini and Andoni Zubizarreta and there are only three more-capped Europeans ahead of him: Lothar Matthäus (150), Thomas Ravelli (143) and Peter Schmeichel (129).

Last updated: 02/04/03 22.48CET

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Lineups

Estonia

Estonia

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

1
PoomMart Poom (C)
1
ZdravkovZdravko Zdravkov (GK)
2
AllasTeet Allas
2
KishishevRadostin Kishishev
3
LemsaluMarek Lemsalu
3
KirilovRosen Kirilov
4
JäägerEnar Jääger
4
I PetkovIvaylo Petkov
5
RoobaUrmas Rooba
8
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
6
LeetmaLiivo Leetma
9
JankovićZoran Janković
7
K. HaavistuKert Haavistu
Substitution62
10
BalakovKrasimir Balakov (C)
Yellow Card80
8
KristalMarko Kristal
13
G PeevGeorgi Peev
9
ZelinskiIndrek Zelinski
Substitution56
17
M.PetrovMartin Petrov
Substitution71
10
OperAndres Oper
18
PažinPredrag Pažin
11
TerehhovSergei Terehhov
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov

Substitutes

12
PareikoSergei Pareiko (GK)
12
KolevStoyan Kolev (GK)
14
ViikmäeKristen Viikmäe
Substitution56
Yellow Card73
11
M. PetkovMilen Petkov
Substitution71
16
ReinumäeOtt Reinumäe
Substitution62
20
S. TodorovSvetoslav Todorov
Yellow Card82
13
ArstAntti Arst
5
ZagorčićZlatomir Zagorčić
15
AnnisteAivar Anniste
6
I. StoyanovIlian Stoyanov
17
SirelJaanus Sirel
7
BorimirovDaniel Borimirov
18
PaitsevAnton Paitsev
16
ChilikovGeorgi Chilikov

Coach

Arno Pijpers (NED) Plamen Markov (BUL)

Referee

Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Assistant referees

Egon Bereuter (AUT), Markus Mayr (AUT)

Fourth official

Thomas Gangl (AUT)

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