Renzo Barbera - Palermo 06/09/2013 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Qualifying round - Group B

Italy - Bulgaria
1-0
 

Italy - Bulgaria 1-0 - 06/09/2013 - Match page - FIFA World Cup 2014

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Italy closing in after sinking Bulgaria

Published: Friday 6 September 2013, 23.00CET
Italy closing in after sinking Bulgaria
Alberto Gilardino celebrates hitting Italy's winner ©AFP/Getty Images

Alberto Gilardino's first-half goal, coupled with some fine saves from captain Gianluigi Buffon, secured victory against Bulgaria to give Cesare Prandelli's men breathing space at the top of Group B.

Gilardino headed in a perfect left-wing cross from Antonio Candreva seven minutes before the interval but the Azzurri needed a great performance from their goalkeeper to earn three points against a strong Bulgaria side in Palermo. The Italians now sit seven points clear of Luboslav Penev's second-placed side with three games to play.

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Standings

Last updated: 11/09/2013 08:04 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Match statistics

Italy
Bulgaria

1

Goals scored

0

10

Total attempts

8

6

Attempts on target

3

3

off target

4

5

blocked

3

0

against woodwork

0

6

Corners

8

1

Offsides

0

1

Yellow cards

0

0

Red Cards

0

2

Fouls committed

13

13

Fouls suffered

2

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
  • Yellow Card
    84
    Giaccherini (Italy) is cautioned by the referee.
  • Substitution
    80
    Maggio (in) - Abate (out) (Italy)
  • Substitution
    76
    Delev (in) - Dyakov (out) (Bulgaria)
  • Substitution
    64
    Giaccherini (in) - Insigne (out) (Italy)

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