Qualifying round (Group H) - 10/10/2014 - 20:45CET (21:45 local time) - Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski - Sofia
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Croatia take full advantage of Bulgaria slip

Published: Friday 10 October 2014, 23.20CET
Bulgaria 0-1 Croatia
Nikolay Bodurov's own goal was enough to get Croatia a second Group H win as the home side failed to turn chances into goals.
by Stoyan Georgiev
from Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski

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Match statistics

BulgariaCroatia

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)49
 
51
Total attempts9
 
4
on target1
 
1
off target4
 
2
blocked4
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners9
 
5
Offsides2
 
3
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
14
Fouls suffered13
 
8

Standings

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Published: Friday 10 October 2014, 23.20CET

Croatia take full advantage of Bulgaria slip

Bulgaria 0-1 Croatia
Nikolay Bodurov's own goal was enough to get Croatia a second Group H win as the home side failed to turn chances into goals.

A 36th-minute Nikolay Bodurov own goal settles the game
Croatia score with their only meaningful shot on target
Bulgaria lay second-half siege but to no avail
Croatia and Italy have six points at top of Group H
Next games: Norway v Bulgaria, Croatia v Azerbaijan (Monday)

Bulgaria defender Nikolay Bodurov was the fall guy as Croatia secured a second UEFA EURO 2016 Group H win, despite the hosts having the bulk of the chances in Sofia.

Both sides had much to play for after winning their opening fixtures, but it was Niko Kovač's Croatia who were handed the initiative on 36 minutes. Ivan Rakitić floated a free-kick into the penalty area and Ivan Perišić headed it down, only for the unfortunate Bodurov put the ball into his own net.

That stroke of bad luck belatedly got Bulgaria going, Luboslav Penev's men making a more determined assault on Danijel Subašić's goal. Captain Ivelin Popov tested his range with a couple of free-kicks, and midfielder Vladimir Gadzhev slipped the offside trap in the 42nd minute but slid his shot centimetres wide.

Penev replaced Ilian Micanski with the more powerful Andrej Galabinov at the break, while experienced midfielder Georgi Iliev took the place of left-back Petar Zanev, with Stanislav Manolev moving to right-back and Yordan Minev going to the opposite flank.

That switch served to intensify Bulgaria's threat. Georgi Milanov had an attempt blocked following a 52nd-minute free-kick while Iliev's effort from distance on 68 minutes might have found its target but for a deflection. Subašić was then called on to punch away a strike from substitute Alexandar Tonev. However, Bulgaria looked to have run out of steam at the death as Croatia held on for victory.

Last updated: 03/06/15 3.20CET

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Lineups

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Croatia

Croatia

1
StoyanovVladislav Stoyanov (GK)
23
SubašićDanijel Subašić (GK)
2
PopovApostol Popov
3
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
4
ZanevPetar Zanev
Yellow Card15
Substitution46
4
PerišićIvan Perišić
5
BodurovNikolay Bodurov
Goal36
5
ĆorlukaVedran Ćorluka
6
MinevYordan Minev
7
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution80
9
PopovIvelin Popov (C)
10
ModrićLuka Modrić
11
ManolevStanislav Manolev
11
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)
17
MilanovGeorgi Milanov
14
BrozovićMarcelo Brozović
Yellow Card23
18
GadzhevVladimir Gadzhev
Substitution68
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
19
MitsanskiIlian Mitsanski
Substitution46
18
OlićIvica Olić
Yellow Card84
21
DyakovSvetoslav Dyakov
21
VidaDomagoj Vida
Yellow Card51

Substitutes

12
MitrevBozhidar Mitrev (GK)
1
VargićIvan Vargić (GK)
13
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
2
TomečakIvan Tomečak
3
A. AleksandrovAleksandar Aleksandrov
6
SchildenfeldGordon Schildenfeld
7
AlexandrovMihail Alexandrov
8
HalilovićAlen Halilović
8
GalabinovAndrej Galabinov
Substitution46
9
JelavićNikica Jelavić
10
ZlatinskiHristo Zlatinski
12
KalinićLovre Kalinić (GK)
14
MinevVeselin Minev
13
ČopDuje Čop
15
V. HristovVentsislav Hristov
15
StrinićIvan Strinić
16
I. MilanovIlia Milanov
16
LeškovićMarko Lešković
20
TonevAlexandar Tonev
Substitution68
19
MilićHrvoje Milić
22
G. IlievGeorgi Iliev
Substitution46
20
KovačićMateo Kovačić
Substitution80
23
HristovYordan Hristov
22
KramarićAndrej Kramarić

Coach

Luboslav Penev (BUL)

Referee

Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

Assistant referees

Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP), Jon Nunez Fernandez (ESP)

Fourth official

Roberto del Palomar (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP), Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP)

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