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Bulgaria end wait for victory

Published: Friday 5 September 2008, 20.13CET
Bulgaria 2-0 Republic of Ireland
Bulgaria climbed off the foot of Group 3 after beating their closest rivals thanks to goals from Atanas Kurdov and Momchil Tsvetanov.
Bulgaria end wait for victory
Momchil Tsvetanov scored one and created another ©Sportsfile
Published: Friday 5 September 2008, 20.13CET

Bulgaria end wait for victory

Bulgaria 2-0 Republic of Ireland
Bulgaria climbed off the foot of Group 3 after beating their closest rivals thanks to goals from Atanas Kurdov and Momchil Tsvetanov.

Bulgaria gave themselves an excellent chance of avoiding the wooden spoon in qualifying Group 3 after defeating the Republic of Ireland 2-0 in their final home game of a testing campaign.

Final fixtures
Bulgaria had won just one match going into tonight's fixture at the
Georgi Asparuhov Stadium in Sofia – 1-0 against high-flying Portugal last October – but triumphed thanks to goals from Atanas Kurdov and Momchil Tsvetanov either side of half-time. Bulgaria have six points going into their final match in Montenegro on Tuesday, when Ireland (four points) travel to Portugal needing to win to prevent a bottom-placed finish.

Searing heat
Despite the searing heat in the capital, the Irish started well and looked comfortable without creating a real opening. Bulgaria's chances had also been of the half variety before they broke the deadlock moments before the interval, Tsvetanov crossing from the left for Kurdov to finish adroitly beyond Shane Redmond. The goalkeeper was beaten again in the 77th minute as Tsvetanov drove the ball low in the visitors' net to end an eleven-month wait for victory.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.30CET

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Lineups

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK) (C)
1
RedmondShane Redmond (GK)
3
BodurovNikolay Bodurov
2
ColemanSeamus Coleman
4
IvanovIvan Ivanov
3
LiddleMichael Liddle
Yellow Card34
2
VidanovPavel Vidanov
4
NolanEddie Nolan
Yellow Card73
5
GenevViktor Genev
5
DennehyDarren Dennehy
16
ChipevNikolay Chipev
6
RyanJames Ryan
7
BaltanovLachezar Baltanov
Substitution75
7
JudgeAlan Judge
8
OgnyanovMarian Ognyanov
Substitution35
8
BerrettJames Trevor Berrett
Substitution69
9
KurdovAtanas Kurdov
Yellow Card15
Goal44
9
ScannellSean Scannell
13
PetakovVictor Petakov
10
GarvanOwen Garvan
17
TsvetanovMomchil Tsvetanov
Goal77
Substitution83
11
TreacyKeith Treacy
Yellow Card42

Substitutes

20
StoevTodor Stoev
16
HendersonStephen Henderson (GK)
19
GadzhalovKostadin Veseli Gadzhalov
12
MaddenSimon Madden
6
DyjlgerovNikolay Dyjlgerov
Substitution35
Yellow Card81
13
GleesonStephen Gleeson
18
ZehirovAtanas Zehirov
Substitution75
14
MoloneyBrendan Moloney
11
TsachevIvan Tsachev
15
AmondPadraig Brendan Amond
Substitution69
12
KirevMario Kirev (GK)
14
T. KolevTodor Kolev
Substitution83

Coach

Ivan Kolev (BUL) Donald Givens (IRL)

Referee

Marco Borg (MLT)

Assistant referees

Philip Agius (MLT), Alan Camilleri (MLT)

Fourth official

Alan Mario Sant (MLT)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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