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Wednesday, 9 June 1999
European Championship 2000 Group Five qualification match

Bulgaria 1 England 1 [1-1]
 

Stadion Balgarska Armia, Borisova Gradina, Sofiya
Attendance: 22,000/25,000
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Kick-off: 7.25pm local, 5.25pm BST

England - Alan Shearer (15)
Bulgaria - Gueorgui Markov (18)
Match Summary
Bulgaria Squad
England Squad
Team Records
England - Robbie Fowler (11), Gareth Southgate (19), Teddy Sheringham (31), Sol Campbell (52).
Bulgaria - Martin Petrov (46 & 58), Ilian Iliev (49).
Red Card: Bulgaria - Martin Petrov (58)
Results 1995-2000

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Match Summary

Officials from Netherlands

Bulgaria

Type

England

Referee (black) - Mario van der Ende
43 (28 March 1956), FIFA-listed 1990.

Assistant Referees - Jan-Willem van Veluwen, 41, FIFA-listed 1997, and Gerhard J. H. Verwoort, 45, FIFA-listed 1992;

Fourth Official -
Roelof Luinge
  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

Bulgaria Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (19 May 1999) 30th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 54th to 51st
Colours: Made by Puma - Red collared jerseys with green collar trimmed with white, green side panel/cuffs with white piping, green shorts with white hem, green socks with white calf hoop.
Capt: Hristo Stoitchkov Manager: Dimitar Petrov Dimitrov, 40 (9 June 1959), appointed 14 September 1998,
11th match, W 3 - D 3 - L 5 - F 8 - A 13.
Bulgaria Lineup
1 Ivankov, Dimitar 23 30 October 1975 G PFC Levski Sofia 4 GA
2 Kishishev, Radostin 24 30 July 1974 D FC Liteks Lovech 17 0
3 Zagortchich, Zlatomir 26 15 January 1971 D FC Liteks Lovech 10 0
4 Stoilov, Stanimir 32 13 February 1967 M PFC Levski Sofia 6 0
5 Markov, Gueorgui 27 20 January 1972 D FC Lokomotiv Sofia 5 1
6 Kirilov, Rossen 26 4 January 1973 D Adanaspor K, Turkey 7 0
7 Petrov, Stiliyan 19 5 July 1979 M FC CSKA Sofia 7 0
8 Stoitchkov, Hristo, off 73rd min. 33 8 February 1966 F Kashiwa Reysol, Japan 84 37
9 Iovov, Hristo, off 46th min. 22 11 April 1977 F FC Lokomotiv Sofia 10 2
10 Petkov, Milen 25 12 January 1974 M FC CSKA Sofia 8 0
11 Iliev, Ilian, off 60th min. 30 2 July 1968 M PFC Levski Sofia 25 2
Bulgaria Substitutes
18
Petrov, Martin, on 46th min., for Iovov 20 15 January 1979 F Association du Servette FC, Switzerland 1 0
14 Borimirov, Daniel, on 60th min., for Iliev 29 15 January 1970 M TSV von Munchen 1860 eV, Germany 39 3
17 Batchev, Gueorgui, on 73rd min., for Stoitchkov 22 18 April 1977 F PFC Levski Sofia 14 1

unused substitutes:

12-Iordan Gospodinov, 13-Ilian Stoyanov, 15-Ivailo Petkov, 16-Ilia Grouev.

team notes:

Martin Petrov becomes the first player to be sent off on his debut against England, as well as first substitute. And the first opposition player to be sent-off from the playing field in a European Championship match since October 1966.
 
3-4-1-2 Ivankov -
Kirilov, Zagortchich, Markov -
Stoilov -
Kishishev, Petrov, Iliev (Borimirov), Petkov -
Stoitchkov (Batachev), Iovov (Petrov).

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (19 May 1999) 11th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 9th to 10th
Colours: The 1999 Umbro home uniform - White shadow horizontal striped crew neck jersey with navy collar/cuffs, white Umbro sleeves trim, navy shorts with navy Umbro side trim, white socks with navy pintrim.
Capt: Alan Shearer, 22nd captaincy. Manager: Joseph Kevin Keegan OBE, 48 (14 February 1951), appointed as caretaker manager 2 February 1999, full-time 14 May 1999.
4th match, W 1 - D 3 - L 0 - F 5 - A 3.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David A. 35 19 September 1963 G Arsenal FC 52 27 GA
2 Neville, Philip J. 22 21 January 1977 RB Manchester United FC 17 0
3 Gray, Michael 24 3 August 1974 LB Sunderland AFC 3 0
4 Woodgate, Jonathan S., off 65th min. 19 22 January 1980 M Leeds United AFC 1 0
5 Southgate, Gareth 28 3 September 1970 D Aston Villa FC 31 1
6 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 24 18 September 1974 CD Tottenham Hotspur FC 27 0
7 Redknapp, Jamie F. 25 25 June 1973 M Liverpool FC 14 0
8 Batty, David 30 2 December 1968 CM Leeds United AFC 40 0
9 Shearer, Alan 28 13 August 1970 F Newcastle United FC 51 22
10 Sheringham, Edward P. 33 2 April 1966 F Manchester United FC 38 9
11 Fowler, Robert B., off 82nd min. 24 9 April 1975 F Liverpool FC 9 2
England Substitutes
15 Parlour, Raymond, on 65th min., for Woodgate 26 7 March 1973 M Arsenal FC 3 0
18 Heskey, Emile W.I., on 82nd min. for Fowler 21 11 January 1978 F Leicester City FC 2 0

unused substitutes:

12-Rio Ferdinand, 13-Ian Walker, 14-Tim Sherwood, 16-Kieron Dyer, 17-Andrew Cole.
 
3-4-1-2 -

Averages:

Age 26.5 Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

Source Notes

England's draw in the Balgarska Armia Stadium was not a disaster as far as their qualification hopes were concerned but it did mean that their prospects of even making the play-offs were further dimmed after dropping points at Wembley four days earlier.  As they faced a Bulgarian team that had the famous Hristo Stoitchkov in their line-up for the last time, Poland were scraping through 3-2 in Luxembourg after conceding two  goals in the last fifteen minutes.  England were now three points adrift of the Poles with just two qualifiers left - and one of those would be in Chorzow.

There had been an emphasis on attack in Kevin Keegan's choice of team for this last match of the season.  Robbie Fowler linked up with Shearer up front and Sheringham, obviously in form with his club after important goals in two finals, was brought in to play just behind them.  England forced early corners and free-kicks and had the boost of a goal in the 15th minute.  Michael Gray's high cross in from the left seemed to have eluded Shearer but the ball was knocked back into his path, possibly by a defender, and England's captain hit a fairly soft shot along the ground and into the far corner for his first international goal in open play since France '98.

Unfortunately, the feeling that the visitors would be spurred on by this early success lasted less than four minutes.  Sheringham conceded an unnecessary foul wide on the right and then made his indiscretion worse by allowing Bulgarian defender Markov a free header at the far post from Stoitchkov's well-hit free-kick.  From virtually point-blank range Seaman had little chance of preventing an equaliser.  Then Bulgaria should have taken the lead on 38 minutes when Stoitchkov surged down the left to slip a perfect pass across the face of the goal for Yovov, rushing in.  From a maximum of two yards he contrived to slice the ball well wide.

Milen Petrov was introduced for Yovov at half-time but lasted barely fifteen minutes.  After two yellow cards he was off.  Still it was the home side, effectively now Group 5 also-rans, who could have secured all three points.  Jonathan Woodgate, a debutant at 19, made a brilliant tackle to deny Petrov in front of goal during the latter's short time on the pitch and Seaman had to be at his most alert to deal with a piledriver from the other Petrov.. - The Official F.A. and England Yearbook 1999-2000.

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