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Win not enough for Bulgaria

Published: Friday 10 October 2003, 11.00CET
Croatia 0-1 Bulgaria The visitors miss out on second place despite victory away at the Group 8 winners.

Match statistics

CroatiaBulgaria

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group 8: BEL / CRO / BUL / EST

PPts
Croatia Croatia611
Belgium Belgium610
Bulgaria Bulgaria610
Estonia Estonia62
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:32 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Published: Friday 10 October 2003, 11.00CET

Win not enough for Bulgaria

Croatia 0-1 Bulgaria The visitors miss out on second place despite victory away at the Group 8 winners.

UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 8 winners Croatia suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Bulgaria in the final game of the section in Zapresic.

Bulgaria miss out
However, the home side finished a point clear at the head of the standings despite the defeat. Bulgaria, meanwhile, were unable to overhaul Belgium and claim second position and a potential place in the play-offs for the final tournament, because their rivals defeated Estonia 4-2 at home to also finish with ten points and claim runners-up spot by virtue of a superior record in head-to-head games.

Stout defending
Bulgaria began knowing that only three points would realistically keep their qualification hopes alive, but struggled to break down a solid and well-organised home defence. Croatia, for their part, looked content to simply avoid injuries as they prepare for the two-legged play-offs in November.

Tunchev on target
The only goal of the game arrived in the final minute, with Bulgaria finally breaching the home side thanks to defender Alexsander Tunchev, but it was not enough to prolong their participation in the competition.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.54CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

1
VranjićTomislav Vranjić (GK)
1
UzunovVihren Uzunov (GK)
2
M. BuljatMarijan Buljat
2
Y. TodorovYordan Todorov
Yellow Card73
3
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
Yellow Card64
5
KotevKiril Kotev
4
JešeVedran Ješe
Yellow Card39
4
MilanovZhivko Milanov
5
LučićMario Lučić
3
TunchevAleksandar Tunchev
Goal88
6
MikulićTomislav Mikulić
6
PalankovTodor Palankov
Yellow Card69
7
RubilGoran Rubil (C)
7
GeorgievBlagoy Georgiev
8
ŽgelaIvan Žgela
Substitution60
8
YankovChavdar Yankov
Substitution83
9
LjubojevićGoran Ljubojević
Substitution87
9
BibishkovKrum Bibishkov
Substitution69
10
CarevićMario Carević
10
GargorovEmil Gargorov (C)
11
ZahoraDario Zahora
Substitution73
11
MladenovAlexander Mladenov
Substitution87

Substitutes

12
ŠarlijaMarko Šarlija (GK)
12
VelinovVentzislav Velinov (GK)
13
BozicMile Bozic
14
VergilovAnton Vergilov
14
GalIgor Gal
18
DimitrovTodor Dimitrov
15
BodrušićDario Bodrušić
15
A. TodorovAnatoli Todorov
Substitution83
16
BrkićKrešimir Brkić
Substitution60
17
KakalovGeorgi Kakalov
Substitution87
17
AbramovićDomagoj Abramović
Substitution73
19
ZakovGerasim Zakov
Substitution69
18
KlicSandro Klic
Substitution87
16
KaloyanovGeorgi Kaloyanov

Coach

Martin Novoselac (CRO) Petar Miladinov (BUL)

Referee

Mark Halsey (ENG)

Assistant referees

Anthony Green (ENG), David Bryan (ENG)

Fourth official

Philip Dowd (ENG)

Legend:

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