Qualifying round (Group H) - 28/03/2015 - 20:45CET (21:45 local time) - Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski - Sofia
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Italy debutant Éder thwarts Bulgaria

Published: Saturday 28 March 2015, 22.48CET
Bulgaria 2-2 Italy
On as a substitute on his debut, Éder curled in a superb equaliser for the visitors to deny new Bulgaria coach Ivaylo Petev a prestigious win.
by Stoyan Georgiev
from Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski

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Match statistics

BulgariaItaly

Goals scored2
 
2
Possession (%)35
 
65
Total attempts6
 
21
on target3
 
6
off target1
 
8
blocked2
 
7
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners1
 
17
Offsides2
 
3
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
14
Fouls suffered14
 
14

Standings

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Published: Saturday 28 March 2015, 22.48CET

Italy debutant Éder thwarts Bulgaria

Bulgaria 2-2 Italy
On as a substitute on his debut, Éder curled in a superb equaliser for the visitors to deny new Bulgaria coach Ivaylo Petev a prestigious win.

Yordan Minev own goal gives Italy an early advantage
Ivelin Popov and Ilian Micanski strike in quick succession to put Bulgaria ahead
Salvatore Sirigu deputises in goal for Italy with Gianluigi Buffon down with flu
Debutant Éder denies Ivaylo Petev a win in his first game as Bulgaria coach
Next qualifiers: Croatia v Italy, Malta v Bulgaria (12 June)

Debutant Éder's brilliant shot on the turn earned Italy a share of the points after goals from Bulgaria's Ivelin Popov and Ilian Micanski threatened an upset in UEFA EURO 2016 Group H.

The Brazilian-born UC Sampdoria striker beat Nikolay Mihaylov with a splendid bending strike in the 84th minute, as Bulgaria's massed defence finally buckled. The game had started brightly for the visitors, Yordan Minev putting the ball into his own net under pressure, but Popov and Micanski turned the tables in a frenzied opening 20 minutes.

New Bulgaria coach Ivaylo Petev had a tough start as his side went behind in the fourth minute, left-back Minev helping Andrea Bertolacci's cross from the left into the home net on a slippery surface. It was Bulgaria's second own goal of the campaign, Nikolay Bodurov having put past his keeper when Croatia came to Sofia in October.

Bulgaria rallied quickly, though; seven minutes later, right-back Stanislav Manolev fed Popov, and the FC Kuban Krasnodar man charged into the Italy area to put a  ferocious low drive pass Salvatore Sirigu – deputising for Gianluigi Buffon, withdrawn due to a bout of flu. Six minutes later Bulgaria swept down the right, PFC CSKA Moskva midfielder Georgi Milanov crossing for Micanski to head in their second.

Italy dominated therafter, the heavy pitch prompting some efforts from distance, but Bulgaria came close to making it 3-1 on 37 minutes as Popov crashed a free-kick from out on the left against the bar.

Defending in numbers, Bulgaria might have thought they would hold on after Mihaylov made a terrific save to deny Ciro Immobile in the 68th minute, Bertolacci hitting the loose ball over the bar. However, Éder came off the bench to deny them what would have been only their second competitive win against Italy.

Last updated: 02/06/15 3.13CET

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Lineups

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Italy

Italy

13
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
12
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
5
BodurovNikolay Bodurov
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini (C)
6
MinevYordan Minev
Goal4
4
DarmianMatteo Darmian
Yellow Card90+1
7
AlexandrovMihail Alexandrov
5
L. AntonelliLuca Antonelli
Substitution77
10
PopovIvelin Popov
Goal11
Substitution85
6
CandrevaAntonio Candreva
11
ManolevStanislav Manolev
7
ZazaSimone Zaza
Substitution58
17
MilanovGeorgi Milanov
Substitution88
9
ImmobileCiro Immobile
Yellow Card82
18
GadzhevVladimir Gadzhev
10
VerrattiMarco Verratti
19
MitsanskiIlian Mitsanski
Goal17
Substitution73
15
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
21
DyakovSvetoslav Dyakov (C)
Yellow Card56
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
23
A. AleksandrovAleksandar Aleksandrov
21
BertolacciAndrea Bertolacci
Substitution72

Substitutes

12
MitrevBozhidar Mitrev (GK)
18
MarchettiFederico Marchetti (GK)
1
StoyanovVladislav Stoyanov (GK)
2
MorettiEmiliano Moretti
2
BandalovskiIvan Bandalovski
8
SorianoRoberto Soriano
Substitution72
Yellow Card88
3
StoychevBorislav Stoychev
11
CerciAlessio Cerci
4
TerzievGeorgi Terziev
13
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia
8
SlavchevSimeon Slavchev
Substitution85
14
ValdifioriMirko Valdifiori
9
BozhinovValeri Bozhinov
Substitution73
16
ParoloMarco Parolo
14
MalinovKristiyan Malinov
17
ÉderÉder
Substitution58
Goal84
15
ChochevIvaylo Chochev
20
PellèGraziano Pellè
16
VasilevVentislav Vasilev
Substitution88
22
GabbiadiniManolo Gabbiadini
Substitution77
20
TonevAlexandar Tonev
23
VázquezFranco Vázquez
22
VasilevRadoslav Vasilev

Coach

Ivaylo Petev (BUL) Antonio Conte (ITA)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Jure Praprotnik (SVN), Robert Vukan (SVN)

Fourth official

Andraž Kovacic (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Matej Jug (SVN), Slavko Vinčić (SVN)

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