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Tunchev keeps Bulgaria flying high

Published: Wednesday 11 October 2006, 23.00CET
Luxembourg 0-1 Bulgaria Aleksandar Tunchev blasted a spectacular first-half winner as unbeaten Bulgaria kept the pressure on the Netherlands.
Tunchev keeps Bulgaria flying high
Aleksandar Tunchev is congratulated by his team-mates ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LuxembourgBulgaria

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target1
 
4
Corners1
 
13
Fouls committed14
 
10
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 11 October 2006, 23.00CET

Tunchev keeps Bulgaria flying high

Luxembourg 0-1 Bulgaria Aleksandar Tunchev blasted a spectacular first-half winner as unbeaten Bulgaria kept the pressure on the Netherlands.

Aleksandar Tunchev blasted a spectacular first-half winner as unbeaten Bulgaria kept the pressure on the Group G leaders with a slender victory against lowly Luxembourg.

Up to second
The goal, a 25-metre drive into the top corner after 26 minutes, takes Bulgaria to two wins and two draws from their opening four UEFA EURO 2008™ games, and lifts them above Romania in the standings, just two points behind the Netherlands. Luxembourg, in contrast, are among six teams yet to register a qualifying point.

Petrov suspended
It took the Bulgarians just four minutes to show they could cope with the loss of the suspended Martin Petrov, their top scorer with four Group G goals. Valeri Bozhinov burst into the area and drilled the ball towards the bottom corner only to see Stéphane Gillet tip his effort around the post. Dimitar Telkiyski swung the ball into the box from the resulting corner, but Gillet was again alert to the danger and a stay of execution was granted to the minnows.

Fine goal
But, following some lacklustre attacking by Hristo Stoichkov's side, Bulgaria finally hit their stride with 26 minutes played. Telkiyski whipped a dangerous centre into the area, Dimitar Berbatov flicked it on and, arriving late, Tunchev drilled the ball into the top corner from distance. Telkiyski then had a couple of chances to double the advantage while Claudio Lombardelli and Aurelien Joachim threatened to hit back for Luxembourg.

Janković chance
It was to no avail though, and the teams went into the break with the scoreboard showing advantage Bulgaria. After the interval Chavdar Yankov and Telkiyski continued to keep Gillet busy, raining crosses on the Luxembourg goal. Jeff Strasser provided the occasional moment of inspiration for the hosts, although the best chance fell Bulgaria's way as Zoran Janković blazed wide late on as the action faded.

Last updated: 12/10/06 0.21CET

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Lineups

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

1
GilletStéphane Gillet (GK)
27
IvankovDimitar Ivankov (GK)
Yellow Card90+3
2
KintzigerKim Kintziger
6
AngelovStanislav Angelov
Yellow Card62
5
ReiterClaude Reiter
8
YankovChavdar Yankov
Substitution76
6
PetersRené Peters
Substitution61
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
7
StrasserJeff Strasser (C)
10
BozhinovValeri Bozhinov
Substitution67
8
BettmerGilles Bettmer
11
LazarovZdravko Lazarov
Substitution46
9
JoachimAurélien Joachim
Substitution53
15
TunchevAleksandar Tunchev
Goal26
10
LombardelliClaudio Lombardelli
Yellow Card48
Substitution67
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov (C)
Yellow Card76
14
FerreiraCarlos Ferreira
21
TopuzakovElin Topuzakov
16
RemySébastien Remy
Yellow Card87
22
TelkiyskiDimitar Telkiyski
17
MutschMario Mutsch
Yellow Card30
25
Lucio WagnerLucio Wagner

Substitutes

12
OberweisMarc Oberweis (GK)
1
G. PetkovGeorgi Petkov (GK)
3
C. LeweckCharles Leweck
Substitution67
2
KishishevRadostin Kishishev
Substitution76
4
PayalBen Payal
Substitution61
7
YovovHristo Yovov
Substitution46
18
HussDaniel Huss
Substitution53
20
JankovićZoran Janković
Substitution67
11
ColletteDan Collette
5
IlievValentin Iliev
13
PleinJacques Plein
13
G PeevGeorgi Peev
15
HeinzTim Heinz
16
Y. TodorovYordan Todorov

Coach

Guy Hellers (LUX) Hristo Stoichkov (BUL)

Referee

Novo Panic (BIH)

Assistant referees

Mujo Tutun (BIH), Miroslav Miric (BIH)

Fourth official

Rusmir Mrković (BIH)

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