Hungary and Bulgaria played to a 1-1 draw in qualification for the 2024 European Football Championship in Germany. Martin Adam opened the scoring before Spas Delev equalised. Valentin Antov was sent off and left the hosts with one less man.
The Hungarians took the lead in the 9th minute of the match. Martin Adam headed a cross into the box from Dominik Soboslay’s free kick.
The “Lions” managed to restore the tie in the 24th minute. Spas Delev received the ball in the penalty area from Kiril Despodov and sent a precise fake shot into the upper right corner.
The situation for the hosts got complicated in the 37th minute when Valentin Antov received a second yellow card and was sent off. The defender stepped on Martin Adam’s ankle.
Just 2 minutes later, Ilia Gruev was sent off with a straight red card for a foul against Endre Botka, who broke away alone against the goalkeeper. After VAR’s intervention, the chief referee changed his decision and canceled the penalty for Ilia Gruev, who remained on the field.
After the break, Marco Rossi’s men took advantage of their numerical advantage and applied pressure that did not materialize in a goal.
The visitors were also down a man in the 57th minute when Milos Kerkez received a second yellow card for a dangerous tackle.
In the 79th minute, Kiril Despodov made an impressive breakthrough into the opponent’s penalty area, where he was tripped. The head referee awarded a penalty, which the PAOK striker converted for 2:1.
After the long wandering, the match was played at the “Vasil Levski” National Stadium, but without an audience.
The fans gathered at 17.00, two hours before the start of the match, to express their displeasure. 1,600 police officers are guarding the area around the Vasil Levski national stadium before, during and after the match.
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Against the background of this tense situation, today Ilian Iliev made his official debut at the head of our representative team.
In the first match between the two teams in March of this year in Budapest, the “Magyars” achieved a decisive home success with 3:0.
BNT reporters also follow all the events leading up to the match. Guests in the BNT studio are former national player Georgi Chilikov and coach Mihail Madanski.
Bulgaria: Daniel Naumov, Victor Popov, Valentin Antov, Alex Petkov, Anton Nedyalkov, Ilia Gruev, Ivaylo Chochev, Kiril Despodov, Philip Krastev, Spas Delev, Martin Minchev.
Hungary: Denes Dybusch, Endre Botka, Adam Lang, Attila Shalay, Loic Nego, Adam Nagy, Dominic Soboslay, Callum Stiles, Milos Kerkes, Martin Adam, Kevin Chobot.
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