Cyprus Brings Bulgaria to Its Knees after 4:1 Mauling

Sports | October 10, 2009, Saturday // 20:51| Views: | Comments: 2
Bulgaria: Cyprus Brings Bulgaria to Its Knees after 4:1 Mauling Dimitar Berbatov scored the only goal into the net of the Cyprus team in the last minute before the break. Photo by BGNES

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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Uchak - 10 Oct 2009 // 23:46:50

i betr you anything the football mafia 'fixed' this result betting 10,000 euros on 4-1 and winning 100,000+....who cares for a winning team when you can make money betting against it?

kiro1 - 10 Oct 2009 // 21:19:03

The team is a disgrace. I feel sorry for the 2500 proud Bulgarians who went to watch the game and those back home who watched on tv. They do not deserve the fans support!They should be ashamed of themselves. The honest Bulgarian fans do not deserve this!

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