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Berbatov at the double for Bulgaria

Published: Saturday 2 June 2007, 23.45CET
Belarus 0-2 Bulgaria A virtuoso display from Dimitar Berbatov inspired the visitors to produce a polished away performance.
Berbatov at the double for Bulgaria
Dimitar Berbatov scored both goals tonight ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BelarusBulgaria

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target2
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners5
 
5
Fouls committed8
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Saturday 2 June 2007, 23.45CET

Berbatov at the double for Bulgaria

Belarus 0-2 Bulgaria A virtuoso display from Dimitar Berbatov inspired the visitors to produce a polished away performance.

A virtuoso performance from Dimitar Berbatov inspired Bulgaria to victory in the first match of their away and home Group G encounters against Belarus.

Stoilov success
The Tottenham Hotspur FC striker had to be patient to score but it was well worth the wait when he finally broke the deadlock in the 28th minute. He added a second just after the interval and the visitors were never in danger of losing their grip on the contest. The win was a triumph for stand-in coach Stanimir Stoilov, the man who led PFC Levski Sofia to this season's UEFA Champions League, after he agreed to take temporary charge following Hristo Stoichkov's departure in April. This victory took Bulgaria within two points of section leaders the Netherlands with each having played six games.

Home support
Having seen a trio of chances go begging, including a sublime piece of control and subsequent volley that smashed against the crossbar, Berbatov's opening goal came when he left Denis Kovba and Yan Tigorev in his wake before evading two more challenges and stroking the ball beyond Yuri Zhevnov with the outside of his right foot. Stunned by the strike, the home crowd in Minsk did their best to roar on their team who had begun the day just two points behind their opponents in the section. It was one-way traffic though and Berbatov had more chances before the interval, as did Stilian Petrov from a free-kick.

Sublime second
Belarus brought on Vyacheslav Hleb at half-time in the hope of spicing up the attack but it was Bulgaria who again began the brighter. Within a minute of the restart Berbatov had his second, his left-footed strike from Stanislav Angelov's pass giving Zhevnov no chance. The hosts refused to give up and on a rare foray forward Timofei Kalachev found himself in a great position only to volley over. Still Berbatov threatened, memorably taking controlling a pass before sending in a shot that Zhevnov did well to parry. Martin Petrov was the next to go close with a free-kick, while at the other end Vladimir Korythko blazed over before lively substitute Oleg Strakhanovic had two good efforts as the game drifted away. Belarus will hope for better in the return in Sofia on Wednesday.

Last updated: 02/06/07 23.51CET

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Lineups

Belarus

Belarus

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

12
ZhevnovYuri Zhevnov (GK)
27
IvankovDimitar Ivankov (GK)
4
OmelyanchukSergei Omelyanchuk
Yellow Card18
Substitution71
3
TunchevAleksandar Tunchev
5
ShtaniukSergei Shtaniuk (C)
4
TomašićIgor Tomašić
21
TigorevYan Tigorev
6
AngelovStanislav Angelov
Substitution90+3
2
KulchiyAleksandr Kulchiy
Yellow Card42
25
Lucio WagnerLucio Wagner
3
KalachevTimofei Kalachev
22
TelkiyskiDimitar Telkiyski
6
KorythkoVladimir Korythko
2
KishishevRadostin Kishishev
7
KovbaDenis Kovba
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov
10
HlebAleksandr Hleb
18
YovovHristo Yovov
Substitution79
8
KornilenkoSergei Kornilenko
Substitution59
17
M.PetrovMartin Petrov
Substitution90+1
11
KutuzovVitali Kutuzov
Substitution46
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov (C)
Goal28
Goal46

Substitutes

1
KhomutovskiVasili Khomutovski (GK)
1
G. PetkovGeorgi Petkov (GK)
18
YurevichAleksandr Yurevich
5
ZanevPetar Zanev
13
StrakhanovichOleg Strakhanovich
Substitution71
11
ManchevVladimir Manchev
Substitution79
9
BulygaVitali Bulyga
14
DomovchiyskiValeri Domovchiyski
Substitution90+3
14
VasilyukRoman Vasilyuk
Substitution59
15
GenkovTsvetan Genkov
Substitution90+1
17
BliznyukGennadi Bliznyuk
16
SirakovZahari Sirakov
20
V. HlebVyacheslav Hleb
Substitution46
21
TopuzakovElin Topuzakov

Coach

Yuri Puntus (BLR) Stanimir Stoilov (BUL)

Referee

Jaroslav Jara (CZE)

Assistant referees

Miroslav Zlamal (CZE), Antonin Kordula (CZE)

Fourth official

Jiří Jech (CZE)

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