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Vassil Levski Stadion (ATT 10,000) 11th September 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Stephan Studer

Bulgaria Bulgaria vs Armenia Armenia

Bulgaria 1

S Manolev (44)
S Dyakov (S/O 73)

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Armenia 0

M Pizelli (S/O 73)
G Ghazarian (S/O 76)

Manolev sees off Armenia

Last Updated: 11/09/12 9:17pm

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Stanislav Manolev is mobbed by his team-mates

Stanislav Manolev is mobbed by his team-mates

Bulgaria continued their impressive start to World Cup qualifying with a bad-tempered victory at home to nine-man Armenia.

Stanislav Manolev's close-range finish settled an untidy game in which the hosts' Svetoslav Dyakov and Armenia's Marcos Pizelli and Gevorg Ghazaryan were sent off all in the space of four second-half minutes.

The win built on Bulgaria's opening draw with Italy and gave them four points from two games in Group B, while Armenia have now won one and lost one.

Armenia were the first to threaten after a slow start to the game, Ghazaryan seeing his effort saved by Nikolay Mihailov in the Bulgaria goal.

At the other end Ivan Ivanov headed an outswinging corner from Vladimir Gadzhev wide of the left post shortly before the half-hour mark.

The visitors almost went ahead out of the blue in the 43rd minute when Henrikh Mkhitaryan fired a shot from the edge of the area against a post.

Instead Bulgaria took the lead barely a minute later as Ivelin Popov's pass inside the area picked out Manolev, who shot high into the net.

Veselin Minev had an effort saved by Roman Berezovsky just after the break as the hosts threatened again before the visitors lost their cool completely.

Pizelli was sent off for violent conduct in a 73rd-minute incident which saw Dyakov also dismissed for a second yellow card.

Ghazaryan got his marching orders, also for violent conduct, in the 76th minute and, with their opponents' discipline gone completely, Bulgaria easily held on for the win.

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 11th Sep - Group E
    Tue 11th Sep - Group F
    Tue 11th Sep - Group I
    Tue 11th Sep - Group D
    Tue 11th Sep - Group B
    Tue 11th Sep - Group G
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      4 - 1
      Latvia
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    • Slovakia
      2 - 0
      Liechtenstein
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    • Greece
      2 - 0
      Lithuania
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    Tue 11th Sep - Group A
    Tue 11th Sep - Group H
    Tue 11th Sep - Group C

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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