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  • Date:08 Oct 2010
  • Kick-off:19:30
  • Venue:Cardiff City Stadium
  • Popov (47)
Goal!

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94mins

Chris Gunter challenges Dimitar Rangelov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Red card for Chris Gunter. Blagoy Georgiev restarts play with the free kick.

93mins

Effort on goal by Martin Petrov from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

92mins

Petar Zanev is shown a yellow card for time wasting.

92mins

Martin Petrov takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.

91mins

Martin Petrov shown a yellow card. Corner taken by Blagoy Georgiev from the left by-line played to the near post, Danny Collins manages to make a clearance.

91mins

Ivelin Popov takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.

89mins

The ball is delivered by Gareth Bale, Close range header by Hal Robson-Kanu goes over the crossbar.

89mins

Dimitar Rangelov challenges Samuel Ricketts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.

87mins

Dimitar Makriev goes off and Chavdar Yankov comes on.

87mins

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Stiliyan Petrov gets a block in.

86mins

Unfair challenge on Hal Robson-Kanu by Petar Zanev results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Bale, clearance by Nikolay Bodurov.

82mins

Hal Robson-Kanu on for Steve Morison. Outswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale from the left by-line.

80mins

Nikolay Bodurov concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Bale. Nikolay Bodurov shown a yellow card. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Bale, Blagoy Georgiev manages to make a clearance.

77mins

The referee blows for offside. Nikolay Mihailov restarts play with the free kick.

76mins

Unfair challenge on Samuel Ricketts by Ivelin Popov results in a free kick. Gareth Bale sends in a cross, James Collins has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

72mins

Dimitar Rangelov joins the action as a substitute, replacing Georgi Peev.

71mins

Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale from the right by-line.

68mins

Simon Church on for David Edwards.

68mins

Corner taken by Martin Petrov.

66mins

Dimitar Makriev fouled by James Collins, the ref awards a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Blagoy Georgiev, save by Wayne Hennessey.

64mins

Shot on goal by Stiliyan Petrov from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

63mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Vaughan on Stiliyan Petrov. Blagoy Georgiev takes the direct free kick.

62mins

Corner taken by Gareth Bale, Danny Collins takes a shot. Save made by Nikolay Mihailov.

59mins

Andy King is brought on as a substitute for Joe Ledley.

57mins

Gareth Bale is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Nikolay Mihailov.

56mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, Ivan Ivanov makes a clearance.

56mins

Steve Morison takes a shot. Save by Nikolay Mihailov.

54mins

Martin Petrov produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

52mins

Corner taken right-footed by Blagoy Georgiev from the right by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Dimitar Makriev on James Collins. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.

51mins

Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.

50mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Blagoy Georgiev on Gareth Bale. Blagoy Georgiev is shown a yellow card. Gareth Bale takes the free kick.

48mins

Ivelin Popov fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Wales 0-1 Bulgaria.

47mins

Shot by Dimitar Makriev from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

47mins

Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Samuel Ricketts gets a block in. Stiliyan Petrov has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.

46mins

Martin Petrov takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.

45mins

Steve Morison takes a shot. Nikolay Mihailov makes a save.

43mins

David Edwards concedes a free kick for a foul on Ivan Ivanov. Ivan Ivanov restarts play with the free kick.

41mins

Petar Zanev fouled by Samuel Ricketts, the ref awards a free kick. Samuel Ricketts is booked. Nikolay Bodurov takes the direct free kick.

39mins

Steve Morison challenges Nikolay Bodurov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nikolay Mihailov.

37mins

Martin Petrov takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar. Valentin Iliev goes off and Pavel Vidanov comes on.

34mins

Foul by Steve Morison on Valentin Iliev, free kick awarded. Nikolay Bodurov takes the direct free kick.

31mins

David Edwards concedes a free kick for a foul on Petar Zanev. Free kick taken by Petar Zanev.

29mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the left by-line, save by Wayne Hennessey.

27mins

Steve Morison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Valentin Iliev. Nikolay Mihailov takes the free kick.

23mins

Unfair challenge on Valentin Iliev by Steve Morison results in a free kick. Nikolay Bodurov takes the free kick.

19mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, clearance by Blagoy Georgiev.

17mins

Martin Petrov takes a shot. Blocked by Samuel Ricketts.

11mins

Ashley Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Blagoy Georgiev. Blagoy Georgiev takes the direct free kick.

10mins

Corner taken right-footed by Blagoy Georgiev to the near post, Chris Gunter makes a clearance.

10mins

Martin Petrov takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.

8mins

Chris Gunter has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

7mins

Georgi Peev takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.

7mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Blagoy Georgiev, clearance made by James Collins.

2mins

Handball decision goes against Stiliyan Petrov. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Gareth Bale from right channel, Valentin Iliev manages to make a clearance.

2mins

Dimitar Makriev fouled by Samuel Ricketts, the ref awards a free kick. Blagoy Georgiev takes the direct free kick.

1mins

Nikolay Bodurov concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Bale. Gareth Bale takes the free kick.

The match begins.

The whistle is blown to end the first half.

The second half kicks off.

The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

Match Preview

Wales midfielder Joe Allen and striker Ched Evans have been ruled out of Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria.

Both players have been struggling with groin injuries this week and have returned to their clubs, Swansea and Sheffield United respectively, for treatment.

Caretaker manager Brian Flynn will determine after the Bulgaria game whether either can rejoin the squad for next week's trip to Switzerland.

Flynn said: "Both have gone back to their clubs for intensive treatment and we are going to reassess the situation on Saturday."

The loss of Evans further depletes Flynn's attacking options having lost Craig Bellamy and Rob Earnshaw to injury.

Earnshaw pulled out on Monday with a thigh injury and was replaced by untried Southampton forward Ryan Doble, 19. Bellamy, the team's captain and talisman, was not named in the squad last Friday because of a knee injury but then surprisingly played - and scored - for Cardiff the following day.

Flynn, who has been placed in temporary charge for the Bulgaria and Switzerland fixtures, has again insisted he has no issue with Cardiff manager Dave Jones over that matter.

The former Wrexham and Swansea boss said: "We go back a long way in terms of being enemies in the dugout and friends afterwards.

"It is a good relationship. He has bought players off me and I have got more money out of him when he has bought my players. We get on.

"I don't think Craig could play. I saw him on Tuesday and David informed me then he was still a little sore, so it is unlikely he would have been fit anyway - so I am led to believe."

Formation:451Manager:

Wales

Formation: 442Manager: Dimitar Penev

Bulgaria

  • Wayne Hennessey
  • Chris Gunter
  • Danny Collins
  • James Collins
  • Samuel Ricketts
  • Joe Ledley
  • David Edwards
  • Ashley Williams
  • Gareth Bale
  • David Vaughan
  • Steve Morison
  • SUBS
  • Boaz Myhill
  • Darcy Blake
  • Christian Ribeiro
  • Andy King
  • Andrew Crofts
  • Hal Robson-Kanu
  • Simon Church

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Match Report

Flynn`s night ruined by Popov Ivelin Popov struck the only goal as Bulgaria delivered a huge blow to Wales' hopes of qualifying for Euro 2012. The Bulgaria striker lashed in a shot off the post after 48 minutes at the Cardiff City Stadium to condemn Brian Flynn to defeat in his first match as caretaker manager. Welsh woes were compounded in injury time when Chris Gunter was sent off for a cynical foul on Dimitar Rangelov. The result will not help Flynn's chances of landing the job on a permanent basis, with a theoretically trickier task ahead in Switzerland next Tuesday. After two defeats from two games in a group that also includes England, Wales' chances of finishing even second look slender. Yet for much of the first half, Wales, in their first match since the departure of John Toshack as manager, had looked sharp and enterprising. Playing the attacking football which Flynn had called for, they carved out clear-cut chances for Gunter and David Edwards that should have been taken. Steve Morison also went close soon after Popov had struck but Bulgaria, apparently rejuvenated by new coach Lothar Matthaus after two opening defeats themselves, finished much the stronger. A crowd of only 14,061 also suggested Wales still have much to do to re-engage themselves with the public. It was the eastern Europeans who had the first serious chance when a long-range shot from Georgi Peev was deflected into Wayne Hennessey's arms. But Wales looked energetic and Gunter should have opened the scoring after just seven minutes. Morison let the ball run after Joe Ledley dragged it back across the area but the unmarked Gunter, looking for the far corner, fired across goal and wide. Wales' offensive set-up did leave them open to errors in the early stages and they were almost made to pay as Bulgaria hit them on the counter-attack. Ashley Williams, handed the captain's armband in Craig Bellamy's absence, took time to settle into his midfield role and was caught out as Popov broke clear. Popov fed the onrushing Martin Petrov on the edge of the box but Hennessey produced a fine save from the Bolton winger. The game began to settle down as the first half reached its midpoint. Wales looked to Gunter and Gareth Bale on the flanks to create their chances but their balls into the box either eluded Morison or were dealt with by the defence. David Vaughan needed to get back to deny Popov a shooting opportunity and Bulgaria had another clear-cut chance when Petrov blasted over. Bale, earning rave reviews for his Tottenham performances lately, moved into the centre towards the end of the opening period in a desire to get into the game more. He almost got on the end of a Ledley cross and then worried the Bulgarians with a run at the heart of their defence after a Williams interception. He was halted at the edge of the area by Pavel Vidanov - brought on for the injured Valentin Iliev moments earlier - on the edge of the box. Wales had another brilliant chance on the stroke of half-time as Danny Collins, recalled by Flynn for his first cap in three years, picked out Edwards with a brilliant cross but Nikolay Mihaylov saved the Wolves man's goalbound header. Bulgaria upped the tempo after the break and threatened to overrun the Welsh. Gunter bravely blocked a Petrov shot as the visitors powered forward but Wales could not hold out for long. Popov fired Bulgaria into the lead when he collected the ball from Nikolay Bodurov in the box and beat Hennessey with aid of the woodwork. It almost got worse for Wales as Stiliyan Petrov tested Hennessey from 40 yards with a fierce shot and Martin Petrov then broke clear only to miss the target. Flynn was facing a stern examination but Morison almost hauled his side level when he skipped a challenge on the edge of the box and forced Mihaylov to push away a strong drive. Hennessey was called upon again to palm away a free-kick from Blagoy Georgiev after James Collins bundled Dimitar Makriev over 25 yards out. Flynn threw on forwards Simon Church and Hal Robson-Kanu late on. Robson-Kanu immediately found space but picked out no-one with his cross. The Reading man then had a chance to equalise but headed over. Chavdar Yankov almost grabbed a second for Bulgaria in the final minute but the excellent Hennessey was equal to his low shot. Wales were reduced to 10 men in injury time when last man Gunter checked substitute Rangelov as he looked to break from inside the centre circle.

possession


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