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Bulgaria comeback thwarts Belarus

Published: Thursday 7 June 2007, 0.15CET
Bulgaria 2-1 Belarus Chavdar Yankov and Martin Petrov were on target as the home team came from a goal down to extend their unbeaten start to Group G.
Bulgaria comeback thwarts Belarus
Martin Petrov is swamped following his equaliser ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BulgariaBelarus

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target12
 
6
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners7
 
5
Fouls committed14
 
15
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 7 June 2007, 0.15CET

Bulgaria comeback thwarts Belarus

Bulgaria 2-1 Belarus Chavdar Yankov and Martin Petrov were on target as the home team came from a goal down to extend their unbeaten start to Group G.

Bulgaria came from a goal down to extend their unbeaten start to UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying to seven games with a 2-1 victory against Belarus in Sofia.

Yankov winner
Dimitar Berbatov scored twice to secure a comfortable 2-0 triumph when these teams met four days ago in Minsk but hopes of a repeat were quickly dashed at the Vasil Levski National Stadium. Just five minutes had gone when Aleksandr Hleb was upended in the penalty area by goalkeeper Dimitar Ivankov and Roman Vasilyuk made no mistake from the spot. The hosts responded swiftly, levelling through a Martin Petrov free-kick before Chavdar Yankov completed the turnaround five minutes from half-time as Stanimir Stoilov's men leapfrogged the Netherlands into second place in Group G.

Dream start
The fightback underlined the growing belief in this Bulgaria side, who remain two points behind section leaders Romania. Belarus, meanwhile, saw their slender qualifying chances all but ended though expectations would have been high when Vasilyuk secured a dream start. This only served to awaken the home team from their torpor, however, and the deficit lasted just five minutes before Hristo Yovov was brought down 25 metres from goal. Ever the Bulgaria talisman, Martin Petrov fired in the free-kick and from then on, there was one likely winner.

Rubber-stamped
Yankov put the local favourites in the box seat before the interval, collecting Dimitar Telkiyski's pass and shooting past Yuri Zhevnov. There would be no way back for the visitors, although Ivankov was tested by a header from substitute Vitali Kutuzov midway through the second period. At the other end, Martin Petrov almost made it 3-1 with another set-piece late on and if this time Zhevnov was equal to it, it mattered not as Bulgaria claimed back-to-back wins.

Last updated: 07/06/07 0.38CET

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Lineups

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Belarus

Belarus

27
IvankovDimitar Ivankov (GK)
12
ZhevnovYuri Zhevnov (GK)
2
KishishevRadostin Kishishev
5
ShtaniukSergei Shtaniuk (C)
3
TunchevAleksandar Tunchev
15
RadkovArtem Radkov
4
TomašićIgor Tomašić
22
TigorevYan Tigorev
Yellow Card66
25
Lucio WagnerLucio Wagner
18
YurevichAleksandr Yurevich
8
YankovChavdar Yankov
Goal40
Substitution90+3
3
KalachevTimofei Kalachev
Yellow Card42
Substitution43
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov
6
KorythkoVladimir Korythko
22
TelkiyskiDimitar Telkiyski
7
KovbaDenis Kovba
18
YovovHristo Yovov
Substitution68
10
HlebAleksandr Hleb
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov (C)
13
StrakhanovichOleg Strakhanovich
Substitution64
17
M.PetrovMartin Petrov
Goal10
Substitution84
14
VasilyukRoman Vasilyuk
Goal5
Substitution55

Substitutes

1
G. PetkovGeorgi Petkov (GK)
1
KhomutovskiVasili Khomutovski (GK)
5
ZanevPetar Zanev
8
KornilenkoSergei Kornilenko
Substitution55
Yellow Card83
16
SirakovZahari Sirakov
Substitution90+3
9
BulygaVitali Bulyga
21
TopuzakovElin Topuzakov
19
PankovetsAleksei Pankovets
6
AngelovStanislav Angelov
Substitution68
20
V. HlebVyacheslav Hleb
Substitution64
11
ManchevVladimir Manchev
Substitution84
11
KutuzovVitali Kutuzov
Substitution43
15
GenkovTsvetan Genkov

Coach

Stanimir Stoilov (BUL) Yuri Puntus (BLR)

Referee

Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Assistant referees

Sigurdur Oli Thorleifsson (ISL), Einar Sigurdsson (ISL)

Fourth official

Magnus Thorisson (ISL)

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