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Bulgaria bounce back for point

Published: Saturday 7 June 2003, 20.56CET
Bulgaria 2-2 Belgium Bulgaria come from behind twice to dent Belgium's qualification hopes.

Match statistics

BulgariaBelgium

Goals scored2
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Saturday 7 June 2003, 20.56CET

Bulgaria bounce back for point

Bulgaria 2-2 Belgium Bulgaria come from behind twice to dent Belgium's qualification hopes.

Bulgaria twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at home to Belgium in the Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia in UEFA EURO 2004™ Group 8.

Leadership retained
The win kept Plamen Markov's side top of the section, but Belgium slipped to fourth in the standings following Estonia's 2-0 win against an Andorra side they themselves face next in Gand on Wednesday. Bulgaria's next assignment, meanwhile, is at home to Estonia in September.

Early chances
The home side began the brighter, and created three clear goalscoring chances within the first ten minutes, with Daniel Borimirov shooting straight at Geert De Vlieger, before both Rosen Kirilov and Marian Hristov failed to find the target when well-placed. Hristov then had an even better chance on the quarter-hour, but his shot was blocked by as De Vlieger.

Buffel goes close
The away side initially struggled to get out of their own half but might have taken the lead midway through the first period as Bart Goor's chip found Thomas Buffel in time and space inside the penalty area, but at full stretch the midfield player sent his shot just wide.

Posts intervene
Bulgaria rallied immediately, and struck the post twice in four minutes, as Martin Petrov's cross was headed against the right-hand post by Dimitar Berbatov with De Vlieger beaten, before Hristov glanced a header beyond the Belgium goalkeeper only to see the ball strike the other upright.

Own goal
A minute past the half-hour, and against the run of play, the away team took the lead. Eric Deflandre worked space down the right, and his cross into the penalty area was diverted beyond a wrong-footed Zdravko Zdravkov by Bulgaria captain Stilian Petrov.

Berbatov denied
Bulgaria almost responded quickly, as Martin Petrov's corner was met by a towering header from Berbatov which again beat De Vlieger, but Mbo Mpenza was on hand to head the ball off the line.

Deserved equaliser
The game followed a similar pattern in the second half, and on 52 minutes Bulgaria deservedly drew level, as Stilian Petrov's deep cross picked out Berbatov peeling away from his marker, and the striker's thumping header gave De Vlieger no chance.

Instant reply
Parity lasted only four minutes, however, as Belgium won a free-kick midway inside the Bulgaria half, and Walter Baseggio's ball into the area found Philippe Clement totally unmarked, and his header was equally emphatic.

Penalty equaliser
Initially it seemed as if the home side would struggle to recover again, but 19 minutes from time the ball broke for Borimirov inside the penalty area and, as he burst forward, the midfield player was tripped by Baseggio. Substitute Svetoslav Todorov made no mistake, sending De Vlieger the wrong way from the spot.

Chances at both ends
Both sides might have won the game, with Bulgarian substitute Vladimir Manchev and Belgian replacement Emile Mpenza each having good chances, but neither were able to keep their efforts down.

'No room for pessimism'
Bulgaria coach Plamen Markov chose to dwell on the positive aspects of his side's display afterwards, saying: "We lost two points because we had no luck. However, there is no room for pessimism - wins will surely follow with this style of play."

Last updated: 30/03/04 16.17CET

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Lineups

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Belgium

Belgium

1
ZdravkovZdravko Zdravkov
1
De VliegerGeert De Vlieger
2
StankovMartin Stankov
2
DeflandreEric Deflandre
Yellow Card42
3
KirilovRosen Kirilov
3
SimonsTimmy Simons
4
I PetkovIvaylo Petkov
4
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
7
BorimirovDaniel Borimirov
5
DheedeneDidier Dheedene
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
Goal52
Substitution53
6
ClementPhilippe Clement
Goal55
15
M HristovMariyan Hristov
Substitution71
7
BaseggioWalter Baseggio
16
DimitrovVelizar Dimitrov
Substitution80
8
GoorBart Goor (C)
17
M.PetrovMartin Petrov
9
SonckWesley Sonck
Substitution74
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov (C)
Goal30
10
BuffelThomas Buffel
22
I. StoyanovIlian Stoyanov
Yellow Card64
11
Mbo MpenzaMbo Mpenza

Substitutes

27
IvankovDimitar Ivankov
12
HerpoelFrédéric Herpoel
8
AleksandrovAleksandar Aleksandrov
Substitution80
16
Emile MpenzaEmile Mpenza
Substitution74
11
ManchevVladimir Manchev
Substitution71
13
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
20
S. TodorovSvetoslav Todorov
Substitution53
Goal71
14
De CockOlivier De Cock
5
ZhelevZhivko Zhelev
15
MartensSandy Martens
6
KrastevNikolai Krastev
17
SoetaersTom Soetaers
10
YanchevTodor Yanchev
18
Van der HeydenPeter Van der Heyden

Coach

Plamen Markov (BUL) Aime Anthuenis (BEL)

Referee

Pierluigi Collina (ITA)

Assistant referees

Claudio Puglisi (ITA), Fabrizio Babini (ITA)

Fourth official

Fiorenzo Treossi (ITA)

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