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    0

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    Serbia

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    Kazakhstan

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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

Vassil Levski Stadion

Referee: Konrad Plautz | Attendance: 15000

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Bulgaria

  • Velizar Dimitrov 6'

1 - 0

FT

Bulgaria 1-0 Romania: First defeat of campaign

SOFIA, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Velizar Dimitrov's early goal gave Bulgaria a 1-0 victory over Romania on Saturday to hand the Group G leaders their first defeat in Euro qualifying.

Bulgaria moved on to 22 points, one point behind the

Netherlands, but have only a slim chance of reaching next year's

finals as the Dutch should make sure of progressing with Romania

when they host Luxembourg later on Saturday.

In front of less than 10,000 spectators at Vasil Levski

Stadium, the home side went in front after six minutes when

Martin Petrov curled in a tempting cross from the left and

Dimitrov scored with a firm header.

Romania replied in style as Banel Nicolita was put through

on goal but was denied by Bulgaria goalkeeper Dimitar Ivankov 10

minutes later.

Ivankov did even better seven minutes before halftime when

he saved Daniel Niculae's thunderous shot from the edge of the

penalty area.

Bulgaria started positively in the second half. Romania

keeper Bogdan Lobont parried a shot from 20 metres by Stilian

Petrov after 59 minutes while Martin Petrov blasted just over

the bar few minutes later.

Dimitar Berbatov, searching for his 39th international goal

in 60 appearances, missed a golden opportunity to double

Bulgaria's advantage with 10 minutes remaining after failing to

covert Hristo Yovov's precise cross from the right.

Riot police were forced to intervene at halftime after

Romanian fans began fighting amongst themselves.

Scoring Summary

  • Bulgaria
  • Romania
 

Match Stats

  • Bulgaria
  • Romania
12(5) Shots (on goal) 11(3)
21 Fouls 23
5 Corner kicks 3
2 Offsides 3
51% Time of Possession 49%
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 3

Teams

  • Bulgaria
  • Romania
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Paul Codrea (49')
Eugen Trica (85')