Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski - Sofia 07/09/2012 - 20:45CET (21:45 local time)

Qualifying round - Group B

Bulgaria - Italy
2-2
 

Bulgaria - Italy 2-2 - 07/09/2012 - Match page - FIFA World Cup 2014

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Bulgaria battle back to hold Italy

Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 23.00CET
Bulgaria battle back to hold Italy
Stanislav Manolev celebrates after putting Bulgaria ahead ©Getty Images

UEFA EURO 2012 runners-up Italy are still searching for a first ever win in Bulgaria after being held to a 2-2 draw in Sofia.

Having lost twice and drawn twice on their previous visits to Bulgaria, the Azzurri looked set for more of the same when they went behind to Stanislav Manolev's goal on the half-hour. They were in front before the break, though, Pablo Osvaldo scoring twice, but Georgi Milanov's second-half equaliser meant both teams had to settle for a share of the spoils in their FIFA World Cup qualifying Group B opener.

Lineups

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Italy

Italy

13Mihaylov (GK)1Buffon (GK) (C)
2Manolev
30
2Maggio
5Bodurov6Ogbonna
64
69
6Y. Minev8Marchisio
9Popov (C)
82
9Osvaldo
36
40
14V. Minev10Giovinco
74
15Ivanov11Giaccherini
64
17G. Milanov
66
15Barzagli
18Gadzhev
16
80
16De Rossi
24
21Dyakov
88
19Bonucci
23Gargorov
62
21Pirlo

Substitutes

1Stoyanov (GK)12De Sanctis (GK)
12Kolev (GK)14Sirigu (GK)
3A. Aleksandrov3Peluso
69
4Zanev4Verratti
7I. Stoyanov5Cassani
8Sarmov
80
7Borini
10Tonev
82
13Acerbi
11Rangelov17Insigne
16I. Milanov18Poli
19Micanski
62
20Destro
74
20Genkov22Diamanti
64
85
22Galchev23Nocerino

Coaches

Luboslav Penev (BUL) Cesare Prandelli (ITA)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Press kits

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 15:29 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Match statistics

Bulgaria
Italy

2

Goals scored

2

15

Total attempts

7

5

Attempts on target

5

6

off target

2

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

9

Corners

3

5

Offsides

1

2

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

21

Fouls committed

12

9

Fouls suffered

15

photos

Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
  • Yellow Card
    88
    Dyakov (Bulgaria) is booked.
  • Yellow Card
    85
    Diamanti (Italy) is booked.
  • Substitution
    82
    Tonev (in) - Popov (out) (Bulgaria)
  • Substitution
    80
    Sarmov (in) - Gadzhev (out) (Bulgaria)

See also

  • Bulgaria

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Armenia, 11 September 2012, 1-0
  • Italy

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Malta, 11 September 2012, 2-0
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