Bulgaria and Northern Ireland national teams score 0: 0 European region group “C” in the 8th round of world qualifiers.
The “tricolors” will try to erase the embarrassment of losing 1:3 to Lithuania and gain some self-confidence.
Coach Yasen Petrov is betting on the starting lineup of two pairs of twins. Ivan Karadzhov is standing at the door, and in front of him are Ivan Turitsov, the brothers Petko and Andrea Hristovi, and Dimitar Velkovsky. Ivaylo Chochev, Todor Nedelev and other twins – Radoslav and Borislav Tsonevi will play in the midfield. In today’s match, Kiril Despodov and Atanas Iliev will captain the offense.
The match started with a chance for the Bulgarian team, who got the right to take a direct free kick from the guests’ penalty area in the fourth minute. Todor Nedelev took a direct shot because the shot was accurate, but it’s right in the hands of goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell. In the end, a crime was decided in the attack after the execution of the static position.
Three minutes later, the islanders suffered a coup d’etat. After a sudden attack from the guests, Jordan Thompson shot in front of the penalty area, but Ivan Karadzhov swerved. A player from Northern Ireland later committed a crime.
In the 15th minute, Ivaylo Chochev headed the middle from the corner, but the ball went out the door.
After just two minutes, Northern Ireland had two big chances to find the result. First, after making a cross from the left, Paddy McNair was exposed on the far post and managed to intercept, but Karadjov took a corner. After his performance, the ball reached Connor Washington, who was shooting from a few meters, but Arda’s goalkeeper decisively intervened.
The pressure from the guests continued and Thomson shot from a distance in the 21st minute, but the Bulgarian guard was still in place and was saved.
In the 26th minute, the “tricolor” organized a good attack, captain Kiril Despodov quickly took the ball from the left flank, but closed the corner and the shot attempt was blocked.
LIVE | BULGARIA – NORTHERN IRELAND 0:0
Starting rosters for both teams:
BULGARIA (4-4-2): 23. Ivan Karadzhov – 2. Ivan Turitsov, 5. Petko Hristov, 3. Andrea Hristov, 21. Dimitar Velkovski – 18. Ivaylo Chochev, 4. Radoslav Tsonev, 14. Borislav Tsonev, 8. Todor Nedelev – 11. Kiril Despodov ( j), 19. Atanas Ilyev
Substitutes: 1. Martin Lukov (top), 13. Svetoslav Vutsov (top), 6. Birsent Karagaren, 7. Dominik Yankov, 9. Spas Delev, 10. Radoslav Kirilov, 12. Petar Vitanov, 15. Vasil Bozhikov, 16. Kristian Malinov, 17. Kaloyan Krastev, 20. Dimitar Iliev, 22. Ilian Iliev Jr.
Grower: Yasen Petrov
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NORTHERN IRELAND (4-2-3-1): 1. Bailey Peacock-Farrell – 11. Shane Ferguson, 5. Tom Flanagan, 20. Craig Cathcart, 4. Daniel Ballard – 8. Stephen Davis (k), 17. Paddy McNair – 15. Jordan Thompson, 21. Josh Magenis, 2. Connor Bradley – 9. Connor Washington
Subs: 12. Connor Hazard (top), 23. Liam Hughes (top), 22. Kiaron Brown, 14. Stuart Dallas, 7. Niall McGinn, 19. Alfie McCalmont, 13. Carl Winchester, 16. Jordan Jones, 10. Dion Charles, 18. Paul Smith
Grower: Ian Baraklouf
Chief Judge: Alexey Kulbakov, Belarus
Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia
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