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England singing in the rain

Published: Wednesday 12 September 2007, 0.15CET
Bulgaria 0-2 England
Goals from Tom Huddlestone and Mark Noble kept up England's strong start in Group 3 in a sodden Sofia.
by Stoyan Georgiev
from Sofia

Match statistics

BulgariaEngland

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

Standings

Group 3: POR / ENG / BUL / IRL / MNE

PPts
England England26
Portugal Portugal26
Montenegro Montenegro33
Bulgaria Bulgaria20
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland10
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:24 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Published: Wednesday 12 September 2007, 0.15CET

England singing in the rain

Bulgaria 0-2 England
Goals from Tom Huddlestone and Mark Noble kept up England's strong start in Group 3 in a sodden Sofia.

England enjoyed a comfortable win against Bulgaria at the Bulgarska Armia stadium in Sofia to keep up their impressive 100 per cent record in qualifying for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Stuart Pearce's side are yet to concede in the two Group 3 games they have played so far.

London stars
The combative midfield displays of London-based pair Tom Huddlestone and Mark Noble, and England's superior ability to adapt to the difficult playing conditions, saw the visitors control proceedings. Tottenham Hotspur FC's Huddlestone gave England the lead after 23 minutes when he received a pass from James Milner and unleashed a powerful 20-metre shot that took a slight deflection, giving Bulgaria goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov no chance. The advantage was doubled nine minutes later thanks to an excellent Noble effort.

Chances plentiful
The West Ham United FC man broke through the heart of the hosts' defence, following a quick combination between Matt Derbyshire and Gabriel Agbonlahor, and finished neatly. Bulgaria responded with two efforts from PFC Levski Sofia striker Valeri Domovchiyski that flew wide, but England continued to dominate with Milner, Agbonlahor, Huddlestone and substitute Luke Moore all going close. England are level with Portugal on six points at the top of Group 3 while Bulgaria have yet to pick up anything from their two matches.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.16CET

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Lineups

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

England

England

6
BandalovskiIvan Bandalovski
10
AgbonlahorGabriel Agbonlahor
Substitution71
16
BozhinovLubomir Bozhinov
Yellow Card73
9
DerbyshireMatt Derbyshire
Substitution82
19
N. DimitrovNikolay Dimitrov
1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
17
DomovchiyskiValeri Domovchiyski
8
HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone
Goal25
13
FidaninAtanas Fidanin
7
MilnerJames Milner
4
IvanovIvan Ivanov
4
NobleMark Noble
Goal32
Yellow Card48
3
KovachevPavel Kovachev
6
OnuohaNedum Onuoha
Yellow Card25
1
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK) (C)
2
CranieMartin Cranie
7
OrlinovOrlin Orlinov
Substitution54
3
A. TaylorAndrew Taylor
9
KurdovAtanas Kurdov
Substitution61
5
TaylorSteven Taylor (C)
14
LahchevMilen Lahchev
Yellow Card20
Substitution66
11
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution56

Substitutes

20
AleksandrovAleksandar Aleksandrov
13
AlnwickBen Alnwick (GK)
10
DyjlgerovNikolay Dyjlgerov
Substitution66
17
MooreLuke Moore
Substitution82
11
MirchevVladislav Mirchev
Substitution61
18
BlackstockDexter Blackstock
12
NikolovIliya Nikolov (GK)
14
GardnerCraig Gardner
8
StarokinOrlin Starokin
16
KightlyMichael Kightly
Substitution71
15
StoevAndrey Stoev
Substitution54
15
MuambaFabrice Muamba
Substitution56
5
VelichkovVelichko Velichkov
12
WheaterDavid Wheater

Coach

Alexandre Stankov (BUL) Stuart Pearce (ENG)

Referee

Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

Assistant referees

Fabrice Meslin (FRA), Cyril Gringore (FRA)

Fourth official

Lionel Jaffredo (FRA)

Legend:

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