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England continue their advance

Published: Friday 16 November 2007, 22.16CET
England 2-0 Bulgaria Gabriel Agbonlahor and James Milner were on target in Milton Keynes as the home side made it five wins in five.
by Sam Adams
from Milton Keynes
Published: Friday 16 November 2007, 22.16CET

England continue their advance

England 2-0 Bulgaria Gabriel Agbonlahor and James Milner were on target in Milton Keynes as the home side made it five wins in five.

England made it five wins out of five in their 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign after goals from Gabriel Agbonlahor and James Milner gave them a 2-0 victory against Bulgaria in Milton Keynes.

Even first half
Bulgaria, who had beaten Portugal in their last Group 3 game last month, started confidently and produced the first shot on target when Valeri Domovchiyski tested England goalkeeper Joe Hart at his near post. England got into the game as the first half progressed and squandered a great opportunity to take the lead when centre-back David Wheater screwed his shot wide with just Bulgaria keeper Nikolay Mihaylov to beat following Milner's headed knock-down.

Agbonlahor breakthrough
The deadlock was broken four minutes before half-time when Milner's right-footed cross was met by Agbonlahor at the near post and he guided his header in off the post. Almost immediately Bulgaria went very close to levelling when Domovchiyski's cross caused mayhem in the England penalty box and Joe Mattock had to backheel off his own goalline. Moments later Domovchiyski missed his kick when clean through on Hart.

Walcott menace
Theo Walcott had two clear-cut chances to start the second half with, but could not apply the finishing touch on either occasion. The Arsenal FC forward was proving a constant threat to the visitors and won a penalty in the 82nd minute after being upended by Mihaylov. Milner converted from the spot to round off the win and keep England top of the section while Bulgaria lie fourth.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.10CET

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Lineups

England

England

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

10
AgbonlahorGabriel Agbonlahor
Goal41
Substitution78
6
BandalovskiIvan Bandalovski
4
CattermoleLee Cattermole
16
BozhinovLubomir Bozhinov
Yellow Card61
9
DerbyshireMatt Derbyshire
Substitution46
19
N. DimitrovNikolay Dimitrov
1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
17
DomovchiyskiValeri Domovchiyski
Substitution88
8
HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone
Substitution85
13
FidaninAtanas Fidanin
Yellow Card56
7
MilnerJames Milner
Goal82
18
GadzhevVladimir Gadzhev
2
GardnerCraig Gardner
4
IvanovIvan Ivanov
5
TaylorSteven Taylor (C)
1
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK) (C)
11
WalcottTheo Walcott
3
BodurovNikolay Bodurov
6
WheaterDavid Wheater
Yellow Card71
10
PetrovNikolai Petrov
Substitution85
3
MattockJoseph Mattock
15
KikiDani Kiki
Substitution75

Substitutes

13
AlnwickBen Alnwick (GK)
7
BaltanovLachezar Baltanov
Substitution85
15
MuambaFabrice Muamba
Substitution46
11
MirchevVladislav Mirchev
Substitution75
17
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
Substitution85
12
NikolovIliya Nikolov (GK)
16
SurmanAndrew Surman
8
StarokinOrlin Starokin
14
LeadbitterGrant Leadbitter
Substitution78
9
KurdovAtanas Kurdov
Substitution88
12
StearmanRichard Stearman
5
VelichkovVelichko Velichkov
18
MillerIshmael Miller
14
KavdanskiMartin Kavdanski

Coach

Stuart Pearce (ENG) Alexandre Stankov (BUL)

Referee

Luc Wouters (BEL)

Assistant referees

Mark Simons (BEL), Vincent Despiegeleer (BEL)

Fourth official

Philippe Flament (BEL)

Legend:

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