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Bale gives Wales closing win in Bulgaria

Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 21.54CET
Bulgaria 0-1 Wales
Gareth Bale's goal on the stroke of half-time gave Wales all three points, a win which confirmed they would finish above their hosts in fourth place in Group G.
Bale gives Wales closing win in Bulgaria
Gary Speed oversaw Wales' second win in a row in Group G ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BulgariaWales

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts9
 
8
Attempts on target1
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
4
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
1
Corners4
 
2
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
12
Fouls suffered11
 
18

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 21.54CET

Bale gives Wales closing win in Bulgaria

Bulgaria 0-1 Wales
Gareth Bale's goal on the stroke of half-time gave Wales all three points, a win which confirmed they would finish above their hosts in fourth place in Group G.

Gareth Bale's goal on the stroke of half-time gave Wales a closing 1-0 win against Bulgaria in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying.

Occupying the bottom two places at kick-off in Group G, both teams were playing for pride in Sofia. Bale crowned a fine individual display by scoring the winner, which consolidated Wales' fourth place in the section, one above Bulgaria.

It was Wales, fresh from last Friday's win over Switzerland, who started with more urgency, Craig Bellamy working an early opening before firing straight at Nikolay Mihaylov. Bulgaria, under caretaker coach Mihail Madanski following Lothar Matthäus's departure last month, took some time to stir before threatening through a jinking Ivelin Popov run. Alexandar Tonev then went close with a low drive, but two minutes later the hosts were behind.

Bale picked up Chris Gunter's ball down the line, darted inside, and his low shot clipped Ivan Ivanov to wrong-foot Mihaylov and creep in. Wales stepped up the pace after the break, Bellamy skewing over when well placed and then curling wide. Bale smashed a volley against the underside of the bar after clever link-up play with Aaron Ramsey before substitute Valeri Bozhinov missed a late chance to level matters.

Last updated: 12/10/11 0.07CET

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Lineups

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Wales

Wales

13
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
1
HennesseyWayne Hennessey (GK)
2
ManolevStanislav Manolev
Substitution51
2
GunterChris Gunter
3
TerzievGeorgi Terziev
3
N. TaylorNeil Taylor
4
ZanevPetar Zanev
4
CroftsAndrew Crofts
6
TonevAlexandar Tonev
5
BlakeDarcy Blake
Substitution41
9
PopovIvelin Popov
Substitution70
6
A. WilliamsAshley Williams
12
MilievYordan Miliev
7
AllenJoe Allen
Yellow Card56
14
DomovchiyskiValeri Domovchiyski
Substitution61
8
BellamyCraig Bellamy
15
IvanovIvan Ivanov
Yellow Card51
9
MorisonSteve Morison
Substitution70
18
GadzhevVladimir Gadzhev
Yellow Card47
10
RamseyAaron Ramsey (C)
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov (C)
Yellow Card90+3
11
BaleGareth Bale
Goal45

Substitutes

1
StoyanovVladislav Stoyanov (GK)
12
MyhillBoaz Myhill (GK)
8
GenchevStanislav Genchev
13
MatthewsAdam Matthews
Substitution41
10
BozhinovValeri Bozhinov
Substitution61
14
NyatangaLewin Nyatanga
16
DelevSpas Delev
Substitution51
15
VaughanDavid Vaughan
20
RangelovDimitar Rangelov
Substitution70
16
EdwardsDavid Edwards
22
M. AleksandrovMihail Aleksandrov
17
Robson-KanuHal Robson-Kanu
23
Y. MinevYordan Minev
18
ChurchSimon Church
Substitution70

Coach

Mihail Madanski (BUL) Gary Speed (WAL)

Referee

Pawel Gil (POL)

Assistant referees

Piotr Sadczuk (POL), Marcin Borkowski (POL)

Fourth official

Marcin Borski (POL)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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