Saturday March 26, 2011 Group Stage: Group G Finished Vasil Levski Stadion

Bulgaria 0 - 0 Switzerland

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    Time:90'
    • Bulgaria
    • Switzerland
    • 90+4' It's all over and it finishes goalless in Sofia. It is the result neither side wanted, and it plays into the hands of Fabio Capello's England, whose only realistic rivals for top spot now appear to be Montenegro.
    • 90+1' A real chance for Derdiyok as the ball comes into the box, but Ivan Bandalovski is there with a crucial pinpoint block! Well played...
    • 90' Just four minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the 90... any late drama?
    • 85' A late Bulgaria change - Stanislav Angelov replaces Popov with five minutes remaining.
    • 77' Bad, foot-up challenge by Eren Derdiyok and he's in the book. Should that have been a red? It was a bad tackle, and both he and Bandalovski are lucky there was no significant contact made.
    • 75' Wolfli jumps with Popov for a high ball... the Swiss keeper is unconvincing but the ball bounces kindly for him and he grabs it at the second attempt!
    • 69' Blagoy Georgiev slides in unwisely and picks up a booking that means he will be suspended for the trip to Montenegro in June.
    • 67' A change for Switzerland: Eren Derdiyok comes on for Stocker.
    • 64' Mihaylov pulls off another good save to deny a Frei header! The former Liverpool man has had a decent evening so far.
    • 54' Popov crosses from the Bulgaria left... Grichting makes a decent clearance.
    • 52' Change for Bulgaria: Genkov comes on for Makriev.
    • 46' Second half under way in Sofia. No personnel changes from either manager - incidentally this game is a meeting between two German coaches. Lothar Matthaus in charge of Bulgaria, and Switzerland let by Ottmar Hitzfeld. I know who I'd rather have in charge of my team...
    • 45+2' And that brings the curtain down on a rather uninspiring first half. Remember this has a bearing on England and Wales's group, although Montenegro have emerged as England's biggest rivals in Group G.
    • 45+1' Stiliyan tries to take a high ball on the volley as it drops, but sends his effort well wide.
    • 40' Georgiev goes for goal from the free-kick but Wolfli is equal to it.
    • 31' Switzerland go close! Mihaylov saves Frei's effort and Fernandes's follow-up is blocked.
    • 28' Manolev brings down Ziegler, and that is the 15th free-kick in less than half an hour. What a mess. Totally disjointed.
    • 18' Behrami is struggling here, and he will have to come off. Gelson Fernandes the new man.
    • 17' Tit-for-tat yellows here, as Stoyanov goes into the book for a foul on Streller.
    • 15' West Ham's Valon Behrami sees the game's first yellow card for a foul on Delev, and you have to say that was always coming.
    • 12' Spas Delev has the game's first shot, saved comfortably enough by Wolfli.
    • 7' A bit of a niggly start here - Gokhan Inler, Alex Frei and Dimitar Makriev all guilty of infringements.
    • 1' Game on at the Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski in Sofia!
    • - BULGARIA: Mihaylov, Manolev, Bandalovski, Zanev, Georgiev, Delev, Popov, Makriev, Ivanov, Petrov, K Stoyanov... SUBS: V Stoyanov, Bodurov, Angelov, Lazarov, Peev, Genkov, Trifonov... SWITZERLAND: Wolfli, Lichtsteiner, Ziegler, Von Bergen, Behrami, Gokhan Inler, Frei, Streller, Grichting, Stocker, Dzemaili... SUBS: Leoni, Affolter, Yakin, Gelson Fernandes, Margairaz, Gavranovic, Eren Derdiyok.
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  • Bulgaria

    Manager: Lothar Matthäus

  • Switzerland

    Manager: Ottmar Hitzfeld

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