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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