Final match of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Group H qualifiers between Bulgaria and Germany:
Bulgaria – Germany 0:8 (0:3)
scorer: 0:1 Lea Schuler 35, 0:2 Laura Freigang 45, 0:3 Lea Schueler 45+1, 0:4 Lea Schueler 52, 0:5 Sidney Lohmann 54, 0:6 Laura Freigang 65, 0:7 Svenja Huth 80 (penalty), 0:8 Laura Freigang 87
stadium: Lokomotiv, Plovdiv
composition of Bulgaria: Roxana Shahanska, Nicoleta Boycheva, Yanitsa Ivanova, Mariela Nedeva (57 – Silvia Kefalova), Nora Dimitrova, Evdokia Popadinova (82 – Kristiyana Dimitrova), Dimitra Ivanova, (82 – Ivelina Pavlova), Lora Petrova, Kristina Karaivanova, Yoana Stankova (70 – Gabriela Naydenova), Ivana Naydenova (70 – Leonora Zheleva)
Germany squad: Almut Schult, Sofia, Kleinherne, Jana Feldkamp, Lea Schuler (65 – Alexandra Popp), Sidney Lohmann, Laura Freigang, Sarah Debritz (70 – Nicole Aniomi), Soeke Nyusken, Linda Dahlmann (46 – Fabien Dongus), Tabea Wasmuth (70 – Svenja Huth), Yule Brand (70 – Lena Latwein)
Bulgaria’s women’s national team ended the qualification for the 2023 World Cup with a loss. In their last match of Group H, played at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Plovdiv, Silvia Radojska’s alumni lost to Germany 0:8. With the success, the Bundesliga finished top of the group with 27 points and secured direct qualification for next year’s World Cup finals, while Bulgaria finished in bottom sixth position with 10 defeats and no points.
Germany had complete control over what was happening on the field throughout the match and logically reached the final success.
In the first half, the guests had many opportunities to score, but Shahanska intervened well after shots by Lea Schuler and Laura Freigang, and twice the students of Martina Voss-Tecklenburg also hit the post of the Bulgarian goal.
Still, in the 35th, Germany took the lead. Lea Schuler took advantage of a collective error in Bulgaria’s defense after a cross into the box from the right and converted from close range to give the visitors the lead.
In the last minute of regular time of the first half, Germany scored a second goal. Its author was Laura Freigang, who scored from about 10 meters after an assist from Schuler.
A minute later, the visitors’ center forward scored her second goal of the match and Germany’s third in total. Schuler was on target with a header from Jule Brandt’s cross from the left. So the break came at 0:3.
7 minutes after the game resumed, Schueler completed his hat-trick to make the score 0:4.
In the 54th minute, Sidney Loman scored the fifth goal in Bulgaria’s goal. She scored with a strong shot from the edge of the penalty area.
Germany’s pressure continued and 10 minutes later Laura Freigang made it 6-0 in favor of the Bundesstima, scoring her second goal of the game.
In the 80th minute, the visitors from Germany were given the right to execute a penalty after the captain Debritz was brought down in the penalty area of Bulgaria. The reserve Svenja Hut stood behind the ball and she made no mistake from the penalty spot to make the score 0:7.
4 minutes before the end of the match, Laura Freigang completed her hat trick, which put an end to the dispute and thus the match ended with a score of 8:0 in favor of Germany.
The match was the last for our national team in the world qualifiers, in which our representative team registered 10 defeats from 10 matches and finished in the last sixth position in the group without a point asset and with a goal difference of 1:37.