Qualifying round (Group B) - 22/03/2013 - 17:00CET (18:00 local time) - Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski - Sofia
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Unbeaten Bulgaria overwhelm Malta

Published: Friday 22 March 2013, 19.33CET
Bulgaria 6-0 Malta
Alexandar Tonev scored his first three international goals as Luboslav Penev's side closed to within a point of Group B leaders Italy.
by Stoyan Georgiev
from Sofia
Unbeaten Bulgaria overwhelm Malta
Alexandar Tonev celebrates after scoring against Malta ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

BulgariaMalta

Goals scored6
 
0
Total attempts15
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
0
off target5
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners8
 
0
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
2
Fouls suffered2
 
7

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Friday 22 March 2013, 19.33CET

Unbeaten Bulgaria overwhelm Malta

Bulgaria 6-0 Malta
Alexandar Tonev scored his first three international goals as Luboslav Penev's side closed to within a point of Group B leaders Italy.

Alexander Tonev's first three international goals helped Bulgaria to a 6-0 demolition of Malta in Sofia.

With FIFA World Cup qualifying Group B leaders Italy not playing on Friday, Luboslav Penev's unbeaten men were aiming to close to within a point of the summit, and Tonev set them on their way inside six minutes. By the midway point of the second half he had completed his hat-trick, goals from Ivelin Popov, Emil Gargorov and Ivan Ivanov underlining Bulgaria's dominance.

The tone was set from the start, when Gargorov released Tonev on the inside right channel and the midfielder gave Andrew Hogg no chance with a low diagonal strike. It was his first senior international goal and he did not have to wait long for his second, seven minutes before the break, when he completed a solo run with an effort that evaded Hogg.

Any hopes Malta had of recording their first Group B points had vanished two minutes after the restart as Popov turned in Georgi Milanov's cross. It was soon 4-0 as Vladimir Gadzhev won possession on the edge of the visitors' box and fed Gargorov, who fired low into the net. Defender Ivanov also got on the scoresheet before the night was out, but the headlines belonged to Tonev.

On 68 minutes the KKS Lech Poznań man completed his haul with a long-range strike, Bulgaria's first hat-trick since Dimitar Berbatov hit three against Georgia in October 2009.

Last updated: 27/03/13 17.49CET

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Lineup

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Malta

Malta

13Nikolay Mihaylov (GK)1Andrew Hogg (GK)
5Nikolay Bodurov2Jonathan Caruana
6Yordan Minev
Yellow Card63
Substitution63
5André Agius
Substitution56
9Ivelin Popov (C)
Goal47
6Luke Dimech
14Veselin Minev8Roderick Briffa
15Ivan Ivanov
Goal78
9Michael Mifsud (C)
17Georgi Milanov11Clayton Failla
18Vladimir Gadzhev
Substitution70
13André Schembri
20Alexandar Tonev
Goal6
Goal38
Goal68
14Paul Fenech
Substitution70
22Georgi Iliev15Edward Herrera
23Emil Gargorov
Goal55
Substitution56
16Ryan Fenech

Substitutes

1Vladislav Stoyanov (GK)12Justin Haber (GK)
2Stanislav Manolev3Alex Muscat
3Petar Zanev4Gareth Sciberras
4Pavel Vidanov7Daniel Bogdanovic
8Georgi Sarmov
Substitution70
10Andrew Cohen
10Valeri Bozhinov
Substitution56
17Ryan Camilleri
Substitution56
11Radoslav Dimitrov
Substitution63
18Rowen Muscat
Substitution70
12Simeon Slavchev
16Ilia Milanov
19Ilian Micanski
21Hristo Zlatinski

Coach

Luboslav Penev (BUL) Pietro Ghedin (ITA)

Referee

Eitan Shemeulevitch (ISR)

Assistant referees

Danny Krasikow (ISR), David Elias Biton (ISR)

Fourth official

Menashe Masiah (ISR)

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 Denmark, 26 March 2013, 1-1
  • Malta

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Italy, 26 March 2013, 0-2
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