Bulgaria’s Berbatov Debuts for Monaco in Key Clash with PSG

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria’s Berbatov Debuts for Monaco in Key Clash with PSG Dimitar Berbatov. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov made his debut for Monaco in Sunday night's 1:1 draw against league leaders Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

Berbatov was not in the starting lineup of Claudio Ranieri's team, but came in at the 64th minute, when his side was losing 0:1. Just 10 minutes after his entrance, the home team equalized through an own goal of PSG defender Thiago Silva.

The 33-year-old Bulgarian will be remembered with several passes in his 25 minutes on the pitch, however he could not get himself into a goal-scoring opportunity.

Monaco failed to close in on the league leaders, remaining 5 points behind in second place. Their next game is away to Bastia, and Berbatov will be looking for his first goal with the red and white shirt.

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Average Footy Fan - 11 Feb 2014 // 06:44:36

Beautiful football from Berbatov on Sunday. It would've been the perfect debut if he managed to score, but the moment he came on, every touch was perfection. First two passes were tricky backheels that caught PSG players ball-watching both times (much like Manchester United conceding their first goal against Fulham). Then he attempts a dribble after being fed a lousy pass, makes the most of it by almost squeezing past 2 PSG players. Seems like Ligue 1 is a mismatch for Berbatov's genius mind though. I've never watched Ligue 1 games before but it's the most physical league I've ever watched (everyone tackles like Joey Barton and Charlie Adam, minus the bookings)...

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