Bulgaria Snatches 1:0 Win against Romania in Low-key Qualifier

Sports | November 17, 2007, Saturday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 27
Bulgaria: Bulgaria Snatches 1:0 Win against Romania in Low-key Qualifier Manchester City winger Martin Petrov (centre) celebrates Bulgaria's victory over Romania after putting up one of the best performances in his team. Photo by Nadya Kotseva (Sofia Photo Agency)

The Bulgarian national football team got only confidence boost on Saturday after snatching a 1:0 victory against Romania in a meaningless in terms of European qualifications match.

CSKA's Velizar Dimitrov nailed the sole goal with his head after an excellent pass by Manchester City winger Martin Petrov just six minutes into the first half.

The visitors broke more than once the porous defence of the Bulgarian team but failed to net a goal because of the quick reaction of goalkeeper Ivankov and pure bad luck.

Violence erupted among fans of the Romanian team during the break, who hurled a burning torch into the crowd of Bulgarian supporters. The timely reaction of the police however stopped the unruly fans from making the situation potentially explosive.

After the break the game was frequently interrupted and confirmed the impression of a languid match with intermittent attacks.

Romania has already booked their ticket to next summer's final tournament in Austria and Switzerland, while Bulgaria needs a spectacular, if unlikely, collapse from the Dutch to join its northern neighbour.

With Holland tipped as favourites to grab one of the spots, Saturday's encounter was long seen as the possible decider in the race for the other place, but two draws with Albania and a surprise win by Romania against Holland have rendered it meaningless in terms of qualifying.

Both nations had pride to play for, given the 18-month long media war between the two countries, sparked by ill-advised and insulting statements from Bulgaria's former national manager Hristo Stoichkov in the wake of the 2-2 draw between the two teams last year.

Stoichkov has quit earlier in the year, which has helped diminish the tension between the two camps, while Bulgaria's four-point gap to Holland and the cold weather in Sofia has shrunk the ranks of the fans willing to turn out for the match.

No more than 7,000 fans turned up at the 40,000-capacity Vassil Levski national stadium, despite calls for more support from players and officials, who have attempted to spur fans with memories of another match played on November 17.

In 1993, Bulgaria won a famous victory against France on the Parc des Princes to book their qualification for the 1994 World Cup, where they went on to reach the semi-finals and finished fourth.
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Honterus - 20 Nov 2007 // 22:22:40

OK Bloke. Have it your way. I said what I had to say and you understood it . I'm certain that the message got through.

Bloke from Alrewas off the A38 - 20 Nov 2007 // 22:05:48


I have an alternative way of discussing topics... sometimes somewhat circumlocutory! You know what! I am as proud of that as I am proud of being a sound as a pound Scouser! Why shouldn't I be?

If you doan dig the way I express meself then go and enjoy a steamy jacuzzi session with Rev Segment Froyd, the Aussie outback tribal chief who married Molly Malone!

Sincerely thine (and only thine)...
Anti-Christ Rev Tinkerbell Mandela Tibby Dunbar the 666th Brontopotamus Prophet from De Pewl [Eamon De Valera's Taoiseach caramel-minded mid-testicle]

Honterus - 20 Nov 2007 // 21:50:34


Imagine me as you wish. I don't give a dime. Call me whatever you want. I couldn't care less. How about sharing some ideeas even losely connected to the topics ?


Bloke from Alrewas off the A38 - 20 Nov 2007 // 18:32:08


Sumfink tells me that you boast a ginga barnet, La!

You strike me as of that type. Ginga barnet... freckled countenance, 5'2" and weighing in excess of 20 st. I bet you ave a fluffy goatee as well and that you smoke 'Henson & Bedges'!

Have a good 'un, Wack!

Honterus - 20 Nov 2007 // 18:08:37


I'm striving not to be a "ginga twat". However I think you Scouses do appreciate a fellow that tells what's on his mind.


Honterus - 20 Nov 2007 // 17:20:52



buachaill bo - 20 Nov 2007 // 09:48:35

my last comment said that you are 100% correct and i wished you good luck.

Bloke from Alrewas off the A38 - 20 Nov 2007 // 03:00:14


Art thou a ginga twat, Larrrrr?

I am proud of meself cuz I am Scouse therefore sound as a pound!

That alone makes me culturally sensitive, drop-dead gorgeous and unflappably sexy to the core so I opt to salute meself!

When ya 'lern yerself Scouse' then I'll tickle yer armpits but until then I'll advise ya to cook socks!

Ahoy, beaver!
Anti-Christ Rev Tinkerbell Mandela Tibby Dunbar the 666th Prophet from 'de Pewl' [Eamon de Valera's marmalade-minded Taoiseach mid-testicle]

Honterus - 19 Nov 2007 // 21:55:47


I know it's Irish , but I don't have a clue what it means.

Honterus - 19 Nov 2007 // 17:59:35


The point , mate , is that you master at a level acceptable for communication only your native language - English - and (at least) one English dialect. You do not speak/read/write any foreign "lingo" hence you do not have any consideration for those that made the considerable effort required for learning one.

More than that - learning a foreign language enhances the cultural sensitivity, it allows the understanding of foreign cultures and spiritually enriches a person. HГ©las - mon cher Bloke - you missed that until now. This partially explains the lack of emphaty that you often display in your posts.


buachaill bo - 19 Nov 2007 // 11:09:32

ta tu cead faoin gcead ceart,go n-eiri an t-adh leat.

Honterus - 19 Nov 2007 // 10:36:27


"Tir gan teanga, tir gan anam"

buachaill bo - 19 Nov 2007 // 10:26:54

nil tir gan teanga.

Bloke from Alrewas off the A38 - 19 Nov 2007 // 02:39:34


I am a Scouser mate and proud of it! What is the point of you explaining to me what Scouse is??? We Scousers are sound as a pound and that's always been the case!

Yes, the Scouse accent is very distinct. Best accent on the globe! Lilting and very sexy! Our dialect is practically a lingo on its own. We have some superb sayings and we enjoy formulating various malapropisms that sound ever so poetic. Ever read our great Scouse poets' trio's works - Brian Patten, Adrian Henri and Roger McGough. Absolutely amazing and groundbreaking too! Scouseland has more culture than anyone can fathom, Larrr/bird! Dunno whether you, Hont are a bloke or a bird, anyroad!

As for London... well, tis a shithole! If you enjoyed it fair play to you but as far as I am concerned the best part of London is any dual carriageway or motorway that leads you out of its imposing clutches!

Now, I'm gonna enjoy me spotted d(i)ck with custard. Just devoured some Quorn mince and onion pasties and some Quorn Southern style burgers and washed them down with Daniel's Lancashire Bitter! T'rarabit, me ol' china!

Honterus - 18 Nov 2007 // 21:17:00


"Cornish, Japanese, Irish, Zulu, Xhosa, Swahili, Korean, Manx, and Norwegian...

I shall become an unrivalled master in all of those lingoes some fecking day! Pretty soon, in fact!"

All I can say is what Charles de Gaulle said when,while he was passing by, somebody yelled "Mort aux cons" : VASTE PROGRAMME.

PS - you know Charles de Gaulle - the tall frog who had the nasty habit to lift both hands and to shout "Vive le Quebec libre!"

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