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

Qualifying round - Group B

Bulgaria - Italy
2-2
 

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Bulgaria battle back to hold Italy

Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 23.21CET
Bulgaria 2-2 Italy
In front and then behind against the UEFA EURO 2012 runners-up, Bulgaria eventually emerged with a point courtesy of Georgi Milanov.
Bulgaria battle back to hold Italy
Stanislav Manolev celebrates after putting Bulgaria ahead ©Getty Images

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

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
SSI Err
Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 23.21CET

Bulgaria battle back to hold Italy

Bulgaria 2-2 Italy
In front and then behind against the UEFA EURO 2012 runners-up, Bulgaria eventually emerged with a point courtesy of Georgi Milanov.

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.

The hosts were good value for a point, Manolev's low shot leaving Gianluigi Buffon with no chance to give them the lead. Cesare Prandelli's side hit back almost immediately, however, and were ahead inside ten minutes. Osvaldo latched on to Claudio Marchiso's header and slotted past Nikolay Mihaylov to equalise, before rising to meet Emanuele Giaccherini's cross via a deflection off Ivan Ivanov to complete the turnaround.

Luboslav Penev's side were not shy about seeking an equaliser but did not take the initiative until Ilian Micanski's 61st-minute introduction. Scorer of the winning goal against the Netherlands and Cyrprus in friendlies earlier this year, Micanski once again proved the joker in the pack. It was the 1. FC Kaiserslautern striker who broke down the right and found Milanov, who finished with aplomb.

Manolev and Mattia Destro missed late chances to win it for their respective sides, as honours ended even. Italy host Malta on Tuesday, while Bulgaria welcome Armenia to Sofia.

Last updated: 08/05/14 8.44CET

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Lineups

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Italy

Italy

13Nikolay Mihaylov (GK)1Gianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
2Stanislav Manolev
Goal30
2Christian Maggio
5Nikolay Bodurov6Angelo Ogbonna
Yellow Card64
Substitution69
6Yordan Minev8Claudio Marchisio
9Ivelin Popov (C)
Substitution82
9Pablo Osvaldo
Goal36
Goal40
14Veselin Minev10Sebastian Giovinco
Substitution74
15Ivan Ivanov11Emanuele Giaccherini
Substitution64
17Georgi Milanov
Goal66
15Andrea Barzagli
18Vladimir Gadzhev
Yellow Card16
Substitution80
16Daniele De Rossi
Yellow Card24
21Svetoslav Dyakov
Yellow Card88
19Leonardo Bonucci
23Emil Gargorov
Substitution62
21Andrea Pirlo

Substitutes

1Vladislav Stoyanov (GK)12Morgan De Sanctis (GK)
12Stoyan Kolev (GK)14Salvatore Sirigu (GK)
3Aleksandar D. Aleksandrov3Federico Peluso
Substitution69
4Petar Zanev4Marco Verratti
7Ivan Stoyanov5Mattia Cassani
8Georgi Sarmov
Substitution80
7Fabio Borini
10Alexandar Tonev
Substitution82
13Francesco Acerbi
11Dimitar Rangelov17Lorenzo Insigne
16Ilia Milanov18Andrea Poli
19Ilian Micanski
Substitution62
20Mattia Destro
Substitution74
20Tsvetan Genkov22Alessandro Diamanti
Substitution64
Yellow Card85
22Boris Galchev23Antonio Nocerino

Coach

Luboslav Penev (BUL) Cesare Prandelli (ITA)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Stuart Burt (ENG)

Fourth official

Andre Marriner (ENG)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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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