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Bozhinov helps Bulgaria progress

Published: Sunday 3 September 2006, 21.45CET
Bulgaria 2-1 Croatia The home side have reached the play-offs after victory in Sofia, the perfect birthday present for coach Alexander Stankov.
by Stoyan Georgiev
from Sofia

Match statistics

BulgariaCroatia

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group 12: CRO - UKR - BUL

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Bulgaria Bulgaria22005146
Ukraine Ukraine100103-30
Croatia Croatia100112-10
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:26 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Sunday 3 September 2006, 21.45CET

Bozhinov helps Bulgaria progress

Bulgaria 2-1 Croatia The home side have reached the play-offs after victory in Sofia, the perfect birthday present for coach Alexander Stankov.

Bulgaria have reached the 2006/07 UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs after victory against Croatia in Sofia.

Six points
More than 6,000 fans had gathered at the Bulgarska Armia stadium in anticipation of a victory that would guarantee the home team first place in Group 12. Bulgaria had already beaten Ukraine 3-0 last month meaning today's impressive result has rendered the final section fixture between Croatia and Ukraine in Rijeka on Wednesday as academic. The play-offs will be held over two legs on 7/8 and 10/11 October.

Bozhinov key
The home side took the lead after 53 minutes thanks to Valeri Bozhinov's strike. The Juventus forward, who had appeared as a second-half substitute for Bulgaria's senior side in Saturday's 2-2 draw in Romania, was left unmarked on the edge of the penalty area and made no mistake. Croatia were level five minutes later when Chavdar Yankov upended Bojan Vručina and Mario Brkljača stepped up to score from the spot.

Birthday present
Bozhinov was instrumental in the winner in the 81st minute, his shot being parried by Croatia goalkeeper Danijet Subašic into the path of PFC Litex Lovech's Ivelin Popov who made no mistake. Bulgaria coach Alexander Stankov, celebrating his 42nd birthday, said: "We have done our job. It was really very hard for us. I would like to thank the players. This is the best present. Now we are looking forward to the draw."

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.42CET

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Lineups

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Croatia

Croatia

1
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
1
SubašićDanijel Subašić (GK)
2
NikolovPlamen Nikolov
2
MujdžaMensur Mujdža
3
MilanovZhivko Milanov (C)
3
GlavinaDenis Glavina
Yellow Card62
4
ZanevPetar Zanev
4
IpšaKristijan Ipša
Substitution57
5
HristovBorislav Hristov
5
VukmanNeven Vukman
6
ZlatinskiHristo Zlatinski
Yellow Card32
Substitution76
6
VučkoLuka Vučko (C)
Substitution57
7
ManolevStanislav Manolev
Substitution69
7
PokrivačNikola Pokrivač
8
YankovChavdar Yankov
8
BrkljačaMario Brkljača
Goal58
10
BozhinovValeri Bozhinov
Goal53
Yellow Card85
9
BušićTomislav Bušić
Substitution67
11
AtanasovDimo Atanasov
10
JertecDario Jertec
Yellow Card34
17
DomovchiyskiValeri Domovchiyski
Substitution11
11
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Yellow Card60

Substitutes

12
NikolovIliya Nikolov (GK)
12
LončarićFilip Lončarić (GK)
9
GenkovTsvetan Genkov
Substitution11
16
DinjarMarko Dinjar
Substitution67
13
KaramatevBorislav Karamatev
Substitution76
17
VručinaBojan Vručina
Substitution57
20
PopovIvelin Popov
Substitution69
Goal81
Yellow Card82
18
RivićStiven Rivić
Substitution57
14
SkerlevIvan Skerlev
13
LozoIgor Lozo
15
SamokishevGeorgi Samokishev
14
BuljatJurica Buljat
19
ManolovMiroslav Manolov
15
BartulovićMladen Bartulović

Coach

Alexandre Stankov (BUL) Dražen Ladić (CRO)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Robert Lewis (ENG), Darren Cann (ENG)

Fourth official

Philip Dowd (ENG)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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