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Bozhinov inspires Bulgaria victory

Published: Wednesday 6 September 2006, 22.04CET
Bulgaria 3-0 Slovenia Valeri Bozhinov's strike sent Bulgaria on their way to an impressive victory and maintained their fine start in Group G.
Bozhinov inspires Bulgaria victory
Bulgaria players enjoy one of three goals ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BulgariaSlovenia

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
1
Attempts off target4
 
1
Corners6
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
7
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 6 September 2006, 22.04CET

Bozhinov inspires Bulgaria victory

Bulgaria 3-0 Slovenia Valeri Bozhinov's strike sent Bulgaria on their way to an impressive victory and maintained their fine start in Group G.

Bulgaria continued their impressive start to UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying as three second-half goals gave them victory over Slovenia in their Group G meeting in Sofia.

Continued comeback
With ten minutes to go in their opening group match against Romania last weekend, things were looking gloomy for Hristo Stoichkov's side as they trailed 2-0. However, they have now scored five unanswered goals to secure four points from their first two games. They did not leave it quite so late this time with Juventus striker Valeri Bozhinov breaking the deadlock after 58 minutes before Martin Petrov and Dimitar Telkiyski completed the win with strikes in the last 18 minutes.

Subdued start
Bozhinov, beginning in place of the injured Dimitar Berbatov, had an early effort ruled out for offside, one of few highlights of a subdued opening period at the Vassil Levski stadium. Indeed, the only effort of note was Milenko Ačimovič's free-kick which flew just past the post shortly before the interval.

Bozhinov opener
The tempo picked up after the restart and Bozhinov pounced for his second international goal in four days shortly before the hour. The 20-year-old, who scored for Bulgaria's Under-21s in their victory over Croatia on Sunday, registered his third strike for the seniors with a superb left-foot finish after excellent approach play from Zoran Janković.

Petrov pounces
That was the last contribution from the forward, who was promptly replaced by Hristo Yovov. The substitute squandered an excellent opportunity to double the lead within seconds of his introduction. The second goal eventually came after 72 minutes, however, following fine improvisation from Petrov. The Club Atlético de Madrid playmaker notched up his third goal of the campaign, playing a corner short to Janković before taking the return, spotting the keeper off his line and firing in a shot that the unfortunate Borut Mavrić could only drag over his own goalline.

Telkiyski clincher
The win was rounded off by a sublime solo effort from Telkiyski, whose low right-footed strike gave Mavrić no chance. Bulgaria will look to extend their unbeaten start when the Netherlands visit Sofia on 7 October while Slovenia will seek their first points at home to Luxembourg on the same date.

Last updated: 07/09/06 1.44CET

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Lineups

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Slovenia

Slovenia

27
IvankovDimitar Ivankov (GK)
1
B MavričBorut Mavrič (GK)
6
AngelovStanislav Angelov
5
CesarBoštjan Cesar
7
GeorgievBlagoy Georgiev
Substitution53
6
KnavsAleksander Knavs (C)
8
YankovChavdar Yankov
Substitution68
8
KorenRobert Koren
Yellow Card56
Substitution75
10
BozhinovValeri Bozhinov
Yellow Card45
Substitution58
Goal58
9
NovakovičMilivoje Novakovič
14
JankovićZoran Janković
11
KomacAndrej Komac
15
TunchevAleksandar Tunchev
Yellow Card55
14
BirsaValter Birsa
Substitution79
17
M.PetrovMartin Petrov
Yellow Card52
Goal73
15
JokićBojan Jokić
Yellow Card56
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov (C)
16
ŽlogarAnton Žlogar
21
TopuzakovElin Topuzakov
Yellow Card12
18
AčimovičMilenko Ačimovič
Yellow Card14
25
Lucio WagnerLucio Wagner
20
B. IličBranko Ilič

Substitutes

12
KolevStoyan Kolev (GK)
12
J. HandanovičJasmin Handanovič (GK)
2
KishishevRadostin Kishishev
Substitution68
13
SemlerBorut Semler
Substitution79
11
YovovHristo Yovov
Substitution58
17
LavričKlemen Lavrič
Substitution75
22
TelkiyskiDimitar Telkiyski
Substitution53
Goal80
2
LazičIgor Lazič
3
KirilovRosen Kirilov
4
M. MavričMatej Mavrič
18
G. IlievGeorgi Iliev
7
ŠukaloGoran Šukalo
20
MilanovZhivko Milanov
10
ČehNastja Čeh

Coach

Hristo Stoichkov (BUL) Branko Oblak (SVN)

Referee

Claus Bo Larsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Anders Nørrestrand (DEN), Henrik Sønderby (DEN)

Fourth official

Emil Laursen (DEN)

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