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Berbatov double inspires Bulgaria win

Published: Wednesday 12 September 2007, 23.33CET
Bulgaria 3-0 Luxembourg Dimitar Berbatov scored two goals in as many first-half minutes as the home side kept up their challenge in qualifying Group G.
Berbatov double inspires Bulgaria win
Dimitar Berbatov struck twice ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BulgariaLuxembourg

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target10
 
0
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners4
 
3
Fouls committed11
 
18
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 12 September 2007, 23.33CET

Berbatov double inspires Bulgaria win

Bulgaria 3-0 Luxembourg Dimitar Berbatov scored two goals in as many first-half minutes as the home side kept up their challenge in qualifying Group G.

Dimitar Berbatov scored two goals in as many first-half minutes as Bulgaria beat Luxembourg 3-0 to keep themselves in UEFA EURO 2008™ Group G qualifying contention.

Petrov penalty
The Tottenham Hotspur FC striker was in menacing mood throughout at Sofia's Vasil Levski National Stadium, and had threatened Jonathan Joubert's goal several times before sending the keeper into the back of his net to retrieve the ball on 27 minutes. Sixty seconds later Joubert was forced to repeat the feat after being lobbed by Berbatov and Bulgaria coasted from then on, Martin Petrov completing the scoring from the penalty spot nine minutes after half-time.

Berbatov menace
The win took Dimitar Penev's team within two points of the Group G summit and the only surprise was that the margin of victory was not greater. Berbatov had warmed Joubert's gloves as early as the fifth minute when he met Ivelin Popov's cross with a header and, after firing wide from distance soon after, the No9 then aimed an overhead-kick straight at the custodian. He finally got his goal before the half-hour when he nodded in Stilian Petrov's free-kick from close range – and he did not have to wait long for another, leaving Joubert standing with a fine lob.

Joubert heroics
Berbatov turned provider when he crossed for Martin Petrov but the Manchester City FC winger's volley flew over. The second half began in similar vein, with Stilian Petrov prompting a stop from Joubert, and it was soon 3-0. After Berbatov was fouled by Eric Hoffmann in the box, Martin Petrov converted from the spot. Berbatov, Stanislav Angelov and Chavdar Yankov all had opportunities to extend the advantage and though Joubert denied them all, it mattered not.

Last updated: 13/09/07 1.31CET

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Lineups

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

1
G. PetkovGeorgi Petkov (GK)
1
JoubertJonathan Joubert (GK)
3
TunchevAleksandar Tunchev
2
BigardJérôme Bigard
4
TomašićIgor Tomašić
3
KintzigerKim Kintziger
14
ZanevPetar Zanev
Yellow Card39
4
HoffmannEric Hoffmann
Yellow Card54
6
AngelovStanislav Angelov
Yellow Card82
5
PeifferJeremie Peiffer
Substitution46
20
PopovIvelin Popov
Substitution74
7
StrasserJeff Strasser (C)
Yellow Card83
2
KishishevRadostin Kishishev
6
PetersRené Peters
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov
Substitution60
8
BettmerGilles Bettmer
Substitution83
7
DimitrovVelizar Dimitrov
16
RemySébastien Remy
Yellow Card30
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov (C)
Goal27
Goal28
17
MutschMario Mutsch
17
M.PetrovMartin Petrov
Goal54
Substitution66
18
HussDaniel Huss
Substitution46

Substitutes

27
IvankovDimitar Ivankov (GK)
12
OberweisMarc Oberweis (GK)
5
NikolovPlamen Nikolov
9
Daniel Da MotaDaniel Da Mota
Substitution83
16
MilanovZhivko Milanov
10
LombardelliClaudio Lombardelli
8
YankovChavdar Yankov
Substitution60
11
ColletteDan Collette
Substitution46
18
YovovHristo Yovov
Substitution66
13
PayalBen Payal
Substitution46
22
TelkiyskiDimitar Telkiyski
14
FerreiraCarlos Ferreira
11
KuchevMartin Kouchev
Substitution74
15
KitengeJoël Kitenge

Coach

Dimitar Penev (BUL) Guy Hellers (LUX)

Referee

Bülent Demirlek (TUR)

Assistant referees

Serkan Ok (TUR), Alper Ulusoy (TUR)

Fourth official

Ismet Arzuman (TUR)

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