Ta' Qali National Stadium - Ta' Qali 10/09/2013 - 20:00CET (20:00 local time)

Qualifying round - Group B

Malta - Bulgaria
1-2
 

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Bulgaria bounce back by beating Malta

Published: Tuesday 10 September 2013, 22.50CET
Malta 1-2 Bulgaria
The visitors remain in pole position to clinch second spot in Group B thanks to goals from Radoslav Dimitrov and Emil Gargorov.
by Domenic Aquilina
Bulgaria bounce back by beating Malta
Radoslav Dimitrov is congratulated by his Bulgaria team-mates ©Domenic Aquilina

Match statistics

Malta
Bulgaria

1

Goals scored

2

14

Total attempts

24

2

Attempts on target

6

6

off target

8

1

blocked

4

1

against woodwork

0

7

Corners

4

1

Offsides

4

2

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

9

Fouls committed

14

14

Fouls suffered

9

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Tuesday 10 September 2013, 22.50CET

Bulgaria bounce back by beating Malta

Malta 1-2 Bulgaria
The visitors remain in pole position to clinch second spot in Group B thanks to goals from Radoslav Dimitrov and Emil Gargorov.

Bulgaria consolidated second place in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group B thanks to a 2-1 success against Malta.

The visitors, who succumbed 1-0 against section winners Italy last time out, responded with intent in Ta' Qali as Radoslav Dimitrov opened the scoring on nine minutes. PFC CSKA Sofia midfielder Emil Gargorov doubled the lead before the hour though Edward Herrera's reply ensured a nerve-jangling final 12 minutes.

There was an air of inevitably about the result from the moment Dimitrov's dipping effort deceived Malta goalkeeper Justin Haber. The home team – spurred on by the tireless running of Herrera – toiled in vain as they failed to make the most of several openings. They were duly punished for their profligacy when Gargorov slotted in after the interval.

Terence Vella – a 77th-minute replacement for captain Michael Mifsud – lifted Malta spirits by expertly teeing up Herrera, who gave Nikolay Mihailov no chance. There was to be no further drama, however, as Bulgaria – now a point clear of third-placed Denmark – held out ahead of October assignments with Armenia and the Czech Republic.

Last updated: 08/05/14 4.14CET

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Lineups

Malta

Malta

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

1Justin Haber (GK)13Nikolay Mihaylov (GK)
4Gareth Sciberras5Nikolay Bodurov
Yellow Card87
5André Agius9Ivelin Popov (C)
6Luke Dimech11Radoslav Dimitrov
Goal9
7Clayton Failla
Substitution66
12Todor Nedelev
Substitution66
9Michael Mifsud (C)
Substitution77
14Veselin Minev
11Edward Herrera
Goal78
15Ivan Ivanov
13André Schembri
Yellow Card64
17Georgi Milanov
Substitution81
15Rowen Muscat18Vladimir Gadzhev
17Ryan Camilleri
Substitution82
21Svetoslav Dyakov
Yellow Card89
22Alex Muscat23Emil Gargorov
Goal59
Substitution61

Substitutes

12Andrew Hogg (GK)1Vladislav Stoyanov (GK)
2Jonathan Caruana
Substitution82
2Stanislav Manolev
3Justin Grioli3Aleksandar D. Aleksandrov
8Ryan Fenech
Substitution66
Yellow Card87
4Petar Zanev
10Andrew Cohen6Yordan Minev
14John Mintoff7Spas Delev
Substitution66
16Paul Fenech8Dimitar Rangelov
Substitution61
Yellow Card86
18Shaun Bajada10Alexandar Tonev
19Terence Vella
Substitution77
16Ilia Milanov
19Hristo Zlatinski
Substitution81
20Ventsislav Hristov
22Georgi Iliev

Coach

Pietro Ghedin (ITA) Luboslav Penev (BUL)

Referee

Alexandru Tudor (ROU)

Assistant referees

Cristian Nica (ROU), Aurel Onita (ROU)

Fourth official

Cristian Balaj (ROU)

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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