Cyprus Brings Bulgaria to Its Knees after 4:1 Mauling
Bulgaria gave up any hope they can keep alive chances of making the playoffs after a humiliating, crushing and unexpected defeat by Cyprus on Saturday.
With the Bulgarian defense virtually non-existent, Cyprus striker Constantinos Haralambides made good use of its the naïve defensive mistakes and scored two goals – in the 12th and 20th minute.
These were followed by another couple of goals in the second half of the match, scored by Michalis Konstantinou and Alunescu.
Dimitar Berbatov, captain of the Bulgarian team, made an attempt to revive the hopes of the 2 500 Bulgarian fans present at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca, with a wonderful strike into the net of the Cyprus team in the last minute before the break.
“We played very poorly. I hope that we will have learned a lesson today,” said striker Valeri Bojinov after the match.
Italy lead European qualifying Group Eight with 20 points, followed by Ireland on 16. Bulgaria are third on 11.
Bulgaria faces Georgia at home midweek.
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