Euro 2012 qual. - Bulgaria down Wales in Cardiff

Fri, 08 Oct 12:27:00 2010

Wales are still waiting for their first point of the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign after going down 1-0 to Bulgaria at the Cardiff City Stadium.

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There was little in the game, but Bulgaria's impressive defending and Ivelin Popov's fine strike proved the difference.

It was Bulgaria's strong start to the second half and the classy finish from Popov that proved decisive.

The Gaziantepspor forward was lively throughout and it was his strike that broke the deadlock for the Bulgarians, after his instant control in the box before dancing around challenges from two defenders to fire in off the post.

Wales had their chances and will feel they should have got more from the game; better finishing on another night could have easily resulted in a different story.

Chances fell to Steve Morison, however the Bulgarian keeper Mihaylov was equal to them every time. It was Hal Robsen-Kanu who had the best opportunity in the 89th minute, heading over from just a few yards out, when really he should have hit the back of the net.

Gareth Bale was by far the stand-out performer for the Welsh, producing numerous surges down both flanks. He was a constant threat, with most of Wales' good play coming from the Spurs midfielder.

New manager Bryan Flynn will have food for thought and will hope to iron out the problems in time for when they face the Swiss on Tuesday night.

Harry Maidment / Eurosport

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