Bulgaria earned their first points in 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying with a 1-0 victory against Group 3 leaders Portugal.
Having lost their opening two games against Montenegro and England, Alexander Stankov’s side finally gave the home support something to cheer when PFC Levski Sofia striker Valeri Domovchiyski won and converted a first-half penalty. Portugal’s purposeful start to the match illustrated why they had won their opening fixtures as they played some neat passing football and dominated the game.
Antunes tried his luck with a long-range effort on 33 minutes, although Vierinha subsequently wasted the visitors' best opening following a corner kick. Portugal were made to pay three minutes before the interval when Domovchiyski was brought down in the area by defender Pedro before calmly converting the spot-kick. Bulgaria opted to sit back and protect their slender advantage in the second period, and did so with aplomb in the torrential rain to claim a notable scalp and climb off the foot of the section.