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Stylish Sweden surge past Bulgaria

Published: Friday 2 September 2005, 21.04CET
Sweden 2-0 Bulgaria Fredrik Stenman and Samuel Holmén were on target as Sweden stayed in touch with Group 8 leaders Croatia.
by Jan Juhlin
Published: Friday 2 September 2005, 21.04CET

Stylish Sweden surge past Bulgaria

Sweden 2-0 Bulgaria Fredrik Stenman and Samuel Holmén were on target as Sweden stayed in touch with Group 8 leaders Croatia.

Sweden defeated Bulgaria 2-0 to stretch their unbeaten run to six games and maintain the pressure on Croatia at the top of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 8.

Stenman strikes
Bulgaria arrived in Eskilstuna intent on defending, and their resolute back-line performed admirably in the opening 45 minutes against a vibrant Swedish attack. However, the home side's patience eventually paid off six minutes after the restart when Jonas Olsson headed Samuel Holmén's free-kick to left-back Fredrik Stenman who pounced for the opener.

Corner goal
Sweden's second goal owed a bit more to fortune after Holmén's 76th-minute corner found its way directly into the back of Bulgarian goalkeeper Nikolai Mihailov's goal. "Our defence played very well today, and overall we must be pleased with how we performed," said Sweden assistant coach Jörgen Lennartsson.

Rivals triumph
Sweden remain second in Group 8, level on points with Hungary, who also won, and three points adrift of leaders Croatia after they triumphed 2-1 in Iceland. Bulgaria stay fifth.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.06CET

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Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

1
KällkvistChristoffer Källkvist (GK) (C)
1
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
2
ÅlanderStefan Ålander
2
DyakovBogomil Dyakov
3
GranqvistAndreas Granqvist
3
VenkovMihail Venkov
4
J. OlssonJonas Olsson
Yellow Card54
Goal75
4
ZanevPetar Zanev
5
StenmanFredrik Stenman
Goal50
5
VergilovAnton Vergilov
6
LarssonSebastian Larsson
Substitution86
6
PalankovTodor Palankov
Yellow Card48
7
Petter AnderssonPetter Andersson
Substitution68
7
I. StoyanovIvan Stoyanov
Substitution70
8
DjurićDušan Djurić
8
ZlatinskiHristo Zlatinski
9
HolménSamuel Holmén
9
RangelovDimitar Rangelov (C)
10
GoitomHenok Goitom
Substitution68
10
ZlatinovVladislav Zlatinov
Substitution55
11
FarnerudAlexander Farnerud
11
YurukovYordan Yurukov
Yellow Card73
Substitution75

Substitutes

12
SahlmanMarcus Sahlman (GK)
12
E. PetrovEmil Petrov (GK)
13
JarlegrenMarcus Jarlegren
15
ZakovGerasim Zakov
14
BjärsmyrMattias Bjärsmyr
14
MicanskiIlian Micanski
Substitution55
15
Erkan ZenginErkan Zengin
Substitution68
13
B.HazurovBorislav Hazurov
Substitution70
16
PodeMarcus Pode
Substitution86
17
OlegovAdriyan Olegov
17
DahlbergMikael Dahlberg
18
DomovchiyskiValeri Domovchiyski
Substitution75
18
RunströmBjörn Runström
Substitution68
19
BojkovDaniel Bojkov

Coach

Tommy Söderberg (SWE) Nedelcho Matushev (BUL)

Referee

Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)

Assistant referees

Sergejs Braga (LVA), Janis Pukijans (LVA)

Fourth official

Romans Lajuks (LVA)

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