Bulgaria defeated Gibraltar on the debut of Krstaich

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The national team of Bulgaria finally achieved its first victory in the League of Nations tournament. Ours prevailed over Gibraltar with 5:1 in their penultimate match of Group 4 in Division “C”, which was played in front of about 1000 spectators at “Huvefarma Arena” in Razgrad.

The match was the official debut of the new national coach Mladen Krastaich.

Valentin Antov (23), Kiril Despodov (36), Radoslav Kirilov (52), Iliyan Stefanov (55) and Marin Petkov (81) signed for the hosts, and 39-year-old customs officer Roy Cipolina (26) was accurate for Gibraltar.

With the success, Bulgaria kept its place in Division “C” for the next campaign in the League of Nations, as there is no way we will be overtaken by the Gibraltarians. They remain last with 1 point, while we already have 6. In our group, the winner is Georgia, who beat North Macedonia 2:0 and is unreachable with 13 points.

Bulgaria opened the scoring in the 23rd minute. Filip Krastev crossed from a corner and Valentin Antov headed it in for 1:0.

Three minutes later, Gibraltar captain Roy Cipolina also equalized with a header.

In the 36th minute, Iliyan Stefanov passed to Kiril Despodov with a twine and he without delay cut in with his right foot in front of the goal for 2:1.

After the break, our team hit the opponent with two goals within 3 minutes. First Radoslav Kirilov, after a short mix-up with a bomb shot, scored for 3:1, and then Iliyan Stefanov made a successful addition with a header from close range – 4:1.

Ten minutes before the end, Radoslav Kirilov led Marin Petkov alone against the goalkeeper and the striker scored with his left foot for 5:1.

Bulgaria played in a team: Daniel Naumov, Ivan Turitsov (60- Ioan Stoyanov), Petko Hristov, Valentin Antov, Anton Nedyalkov, Marin Petkov, Philip Krastev, Iliyan Stefanov (71- Nikola Iliev), Iliya Gruev (71- Yanis Karabelov), Kiril Despodov (60 – Georgi Rusev), Radoslav Kirilov (83- Martin Minchev).


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