Late drama about Bulgaria amidst the horror in Sofia



Bulgaria and Hungary finished 2:2 in a meeting from group G of the European qualifiers in the debut of Ilian Iliev at the head of the team and of Zhivko Atanasov and Alex Kolev with the national team. Ours remain without success, while the opponent qualified for the European.

The match of “Vasil Levski” was played without an audience, but the fans were outside the stadium, and there were clashes with the police.

The guests from Hungary justified their status as the leader of the group and the favorite in the match by starting the match more confidently and from the first minutes attacking the goal of ours. Callum Stiles and Martin Adam fired two dangerous shots at Daniel Naumov’s goal but missed the target.

Adam still managed to take advantage of a mistake in our defense after a foul and headed in from close range to make it 1-0.

The best opportunity for ours from the beginning of the meeting came in the 20th minute, in which Kiril Despodov received a pass from Filip Krastev, but was slow and could not shoot.

Five minutes later, Despodov again received from the right, but this time he returned to Spas Delev in the penalty area, and he signed for 1:1.

After a little more than half an hour of play, Valentin Antov received a second yellow card and left our team with one man less.

Just two minutes after that, Ilia Gruev also received a red card, but after the VAR, his sanction was canceled and Endre Botka received a yellow card for simulation.

At the very end of the first part, Milos Kerkez was also penalized for trying to lie to the referee, falling for a penalty after trying to overcome Viktor Popov.

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The second half started with a dangerous shot by Dominik Soboslay towards Daniel Naumov’s goal.

Minutes before the hour mark, the Hungarians were also a man down for a rough tackle by Milos Kerkez at the feet of Alex Petkov.

Bulgaria got a great chance in the 69th minute when Spas Delev attempted an acrobatic shot but missed the ball well.

Kiril Despodov burst into Hungary’s penalty area in the 77th minute and was brought down, after which the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Despodov stood behind the ball and scored for 2:1.

Minutes later, Daniel Naumov saved Dominik Soboslay’s treacherous free kick into the top left corner.

In the continuation of the meeting, Alex Petkov scored an own goal after a header and fixed the final 2:2.

Hungary qualified for Euro 2024 with 15 points, two more than Serbia, while ours remain in last place, three points behind Lithuania.

Our group in the Euro 2024 qualifiers

0:1 Martin Adam (9′), 1:1 Spas Delev (25′), 2:1 Kiril Despodov (79′ penalty), 2:2 Alex Petkov (90+7′)

Highlights of the match by minutes:

1′ Start of the meeting.
2′ First danger in the match! Callum Stiles shoots at Bulgaria’s goal, but misses the mark.
3′ Spas Delev got into the legs of Hungary goalkeeper Denes Dybus.
7′ New chance for Hungary! Martin Adam sent a header, but over Naumov’s goal.
9′ GOAL for Hungary! Dominik Soboslay crossed from a free kick, and Martin Adam poked the ball a meter away from Naumov.
20′ What an opportunity for Bulgaria! Filip Krastev sent Kiril Despodov on from the right, but the PAOK striker was slow and failed to strike.
25′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO for Bulgaria! Despodov broke through from the right, returned the ball to the penalty area. Spas Delev was in the right place and shot a goal for 1:1.
36′ RED CARD! Second yellow card for Valentin Antov.
39′ RED CARD CANCELED! Ilia Gruev received a red card for breaking away from a Hungarian football player, but after the VAR, the sanction was canceled.
44′ CLAIMS for a penalty on the part of the Hungarians, but the referee showed a yellow card for simulating Milos Kerkez.
45+4′ Chance for Hungary! Loitz Nego shot from a small angle but failed to hit the crossbar.
45+6′ End of the first half.

46′ Start of the second half.
46′ Dominik Soboslay’s dangerous shot, but Daniel Naumov caught the ball.
52′ Another shot by Dominik Soboslay from a foul, but outside the frame of the goal.
58′ RED CARD! Milos Kerkez leaves the field after a second yellow card for roughing Alex Petkov’s feet.
69′ Another shot by Dominic Soboslay, but over the goal.
69′ A great opportunity for Spas Delev meters from the goal, but his attempt at an acrobatic shot failed.
77′ PENALTY for Bulgaria! Kiril Despodoiv went through several Hungarian defenders and was brought down in the penalty area.
79′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Kiril Despodov scores from the penalty spot for 2:1.
82′ Great intervention by Daniel Naumov after a foul by Dominic Soboslay.
90+3′ What a chance for Hungary! Dominik Soboslai found himself alone against Naumov, but our goalkeeper saved.
90+6′ GOAL for Hungary! Alex Petkov scored an own goal after a header from a cross in our penalty area.
90+7′ End of the match. BULGARIA: 1. Daniel Naumov, 2. Viktor Popov, 4. Iliya Gruev, 5. Alex Petkov 6. Valentin Antov 14. Anton Nedyalkov, 18. Ivaylo Chochev (42′ 15. Zhivko Atanasov ), 20. Filip Krastev, 21. Martin Minchev (73′ 17. Alexander Kolev), 11. Kiril Despodov (83′ 7. Georgi Rusev), 9. Spas Delev (83′ 13. Hristo Ivanov)
Reservations: 12. Dimitar Mitov, 23. Ivan Dyulgerov, 3. Simeon Petrov, , 8. Stanislav Ivanov, 10. Dominic Yankov, 16. Angel Lyaskov, 19. Ivan Turitsov, Ilian Iliev, Jr.
Coach: Ilian Iliev

Hungarian Football Federation - Wikipedia HUNGARY: 1. Denes Dibusch, 2. Adam Lang 4. Attila Salai, 21. Endre Botka 7. Loitz Nego (80′ 16. Daniel Gazdag), 8. Adam Nagy, 10. Dominic Soboslay, 11. Milos Kerkez 17. Calum Stiles, 23. Kevin Schobot (18′ 18. Yellow Nagy), 9. Martin Adam (74′ 20. Andras Nemeth)
Reservations: 12. Patrick Damien, 22. Peter Shapanos, 3. Attila Mosch, 5. Botand Balog, 6. Gabor Salaj, 13. Zolt Kalmar, 14. Bendegur Bola, 15. Mihaly Kata, 19. Christopher Horvath
Coach: Marco Rossi

Judge: Daniel Stefanski (Poland)
Stadium: “Vasil Levski”, Sofia
Legend: – goal, – own goal, – yellow card, – second yellow card, – Red card, – shift, – dangerous situation, – injury, – reviewing a VAR situation

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Tags: Late drama Bulgaria horror Sofia


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