Qualifying round (Group B) - 16/10/2012 - 20:00CET (20:00 local time) - Stadion Letná - Prague
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Bulgaria draw Czech Republic sting

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 22.24CET
Czech Republic 0-0 Bulgaria
A flurry of chances fell the home side's way late on, but a goalless draw was reward for a decent defensive display from the visitors.
by Ondřej Zlámal
from Letná Stadium
Bulgaria draw Czech Republic sting
Bulgaria's Svetoslav Dyakov challenges the Czech Republic's František Rajtoral ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Czech RepublicBulgaria

Goals scored0
 
0
Total attempts14
 
9
Attempts on target6
 
1
off target3
 
6
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
4
Offsides3
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
17
Fouls suffered16
 
18

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 15:33 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
SSI Err
Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 22.24CET

Bulgaria draw Czech Republic sting

Czech Republic 0-0 Bulgaria
A flurry of chances fell the home side's way late on, but a goalless draw was reward for a decent defensive display from the visitors.

Section leaders Italy were the real winners as the sides placed second and third in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group B drew a blank in Prague.

With the Czech Republic and Bulgaria both electing to play on the counterattack, set pieces were to provide the only tangible danger in the first half. Tomáš Sivok headed over from one Jaroslav Plašil corner, with Petr Jiráček nodding wide from another before the visitors created a scare in first-half added time, Nikolay Bodurov heading centimetres off target from a Georgi Iliev free-kick.

Luboslav Penev's Bulgaria stuck to the script after the interval, hoping to catch their hosts on the break – something they almost did on 69 minutes when Georgi Milanov got his head to a Stanislav Manolev ball from the right but could not steer it inside the post.

The Czechs responded and substitute Vladimír Darida's rising shot from distance drew a decent save from Nikolay Mihaylov. Eight minutes from time, Plašil's ball sent Matěj Vydra scampering into the box, yet while he rounded the goalkeeper, Yordan Minev got back to clear his effort off the line. Michal Bílek's men might also have won it in stoppage time, but after Jiráček chested down Darida's pass, Mihaylov rebuffed his attempt on the half volley.

Last updated: 16/10/12 23.35CET

Related information

Team profiles

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Lineup

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

1Petr Čech (GK) (C)13Nikolay Mihaylov (GK)
2Theodor Gebre Selassie
Yellow Card83
2Stanislav Manolev
3Michal Kadlec4Petar Zanev
Substitution42
6Tomáš Sivok5Nikolay Bodurov
8David Limberský6Yordan Minev
Yellow Card77
9Jan Rezek
Substitution80
9Ivelin Popov (C)
Substitution75
12František Rajtoral
Substitution58
15Ivan Ivanov
Yellow Card70
13Jaroslav Plašil17Georgi Milanov
17Tomáš Hübschman18Vladimir Gadzhev
Substitution61
19Petr Jiráček21Svetoslav Dyakov
Yellow Card17
20Tomáš Pekhart
Substitution58
22Georgi Iliev
Yellow Card26

Substitutes

16Jan Laštůvka (GK)1Stoyan Kolev (GK)
23Jaroslav Drobný (GK)3Mihail Venkov
4Marek Suchý7Ivan Stoyanov
5Roman Hubník8Georgi Sarmov
7Josef Hušbauer10Valeri Bozhinov
Substitution61
11Milan Petržela11Dimitar Rangelov
18Matěj Vydra
Substitution58
12Aleksandar D. Aleksandrov
21David Lafata
Substitution80
14Hristo Zlatinski
22Vladimír Darida
Substitution58
16Ilia Milanov
Substitution42
19Ilian Micanski
20Alexandar Tonev
Substitution75
23Stefan Velev

Coach

Michal Bílek (CZE) Luboslav Penev (BUL)

Referee

Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Nikolai Golubev (RUS), Vyacheslav Semenov (RUS)

Fourth official

Aleksei Eskov (RUS)

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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