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Croatia caught by Bulgaria comeback

Published: Friday 3 June 2005, 22.45CET
Bulgaria 2-1 Croatia The Group 8 leaders drop their first points against a previously struggling side.
Published: Friday 3 June 2005, 22.45CET

Croatia caught by Bulgaria comeback

Bulgaria 2-1 Croatia The Group 8 leaders drop their first points against a previously struggling side.

By Stoyan Georgiev

UEFA European Under-21 qualifying Group 8 leaders Croatia dropped points for the first time in their 2006 campaign as Bulgaria came from behind to claim victory in Sofia.

Woodwork struck
Bulgaria were fifth in pool before kick-off, level on points with bottom team Malta, and things looked worrying when Croatia's key man Eduardo Da Silva hit the bar after a 13th-minute Luka Modric corner. But Bulgaria responded immediately with the next attack, when 18-year-old PFC Levski Sofia striker Valeri Domovchiyski struck the post.

Croatia ahead
Croatia then lost the Brazilian-born Da Silva to injury late in the first half, Josip Tadic arriving up front. And three minutes after the break the 17-year-old gave Croatia the lead with a cool finish past Bulgaria goalkeeper Nikolai Mihailov, son of the legendary Borislav Mihailov.

Genkov levels
It seemed Croatia were on course for a sixth win in the group, but the home side reacted quickly and in the 56th minute PFC Lokomotiv Sofia forward Tsvetan Genkov headed the equaliser after Iliyan Mitsanski's clever pass.

Domovchiyski winner
Just six minutes later Domovchiyski claimed the winner in bizarre circumstances. His initial effort hit the crossbar after Zhivko Milanov's cross, as did Mitsanski's follow-up, but Domovchiyski then reacted quickest with the goal that doubled Bulgaria's points tally to six.

September tests
Despite the defeat, Croatia remain clear in the group and can move to within sight of a play-off place when they travel to Iceland on 3 September. The same day Bulgaria will aim to further revive their qualifying hopes in Sweden.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.30CET

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Lineups

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Croatia

Croatia

1
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
Yellow Card90+1
1
VranjićTomislav Vranjić (GK)
2
DyakovBogomil Dyakov
Yellow Card22
2
PelaićMladen Pelaić
4
ZanevPetar Zanev
Yellow Card42
3
BartulovićMladen Bartulović
20
MilanovZhivko Milanov
Yellow Card86
4
BodrušićDario Bodrušić
Yellow Card56
5
VergilovAnton Vergilov
5
MišićJosip Mišić
6
PalankovTodor Palankov (C)
6
LabudovićTomislav Labudović
Yellow Card69
7
I. StoyanovIvan Stoyanov
Substitution67
7
ModrićLuka Modrić (C)
11
BojkovDaniel Bojkov
Substitution53
8
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
9
GenkovTsvetan Genkov
Yellow Card9
Goal56
9
PrimoracKarlo Primorac
Substitution60
10
ZlatinovVladislav Zlatinov
Substitution58
10
MarčićFilip Marčić
Substitution70
8
DomovchiyskiValeri Domovchiyski
Goal63
11
EduardoEduardo
Substitution40

Substitutes

12
PirgovIlko Pirgov (GK)
12
RadmanVelimir Radman (GK)
19
VargovAtanas Vargov
Substitution67
13
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
15
VandevYavor Vandev
14
MujanovićGoran Mujanović
17
DimitrovTodor Dimitrov
15
TomićAnte Tomić
18
MicanskiIlian Micanski
Substitution53
16
GrgurovićMario Grgurović
Substitution70
13
B.HazurovBorislav Hazurov
17
BušićTomislav Bušić
Substitution60
14
K. HazurovKostadin Hazurov
Substitution58
18
TadićJosip Tadić
Substitution40
Goal47

Coach

Petar Miladinov (BUL) Slaven Bilić (CRO)

Referee

Heraklis Tsikinis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE), Michalis Fraginis (GRE)

Fourth official

Vassilis Skoufitsas (GRE)

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