World Cup: Aleksandar Tonev hat-trick inspires 6-0 Bulgaria win over Malta
Last Updated: 22/03/13 6:25pm
Aleksandar Tonev: Scored a hat-trick for Bulgaria against Malta
Aleksandar Tonev scored a hat-trick as Bulgaria strengthened their position in second place in Group B by hitting Malta for six in their World Cup qualifying clash in Sofia.
The Lech Poznan forward scored twice in the first half to put the hosts in command before Ivelin Popov got a third just after the break.
Emil Gargorov made it four and Tonev completed his treble before Ivan Ivanov rounded off the scoring.
The win ensured Bulgaria remained Italy's closest challengers in the pool, while Malta stayed bottom and pointless.
The match was played behind closed doors after Bulgaria supporters were found guilty by FIFA of racist behaviour against Denmark in October, but the hosts had little problem asserting their superiority.
They got off to the ideal start as they went ahead after six minutes. Gargorov's ball in from the left was met by Tonev, who guided his shot into the bottom left corner.
The hosts continued to dominate without really threatening to add to their lead, Georgi Iliev shooting wide from a Popov cross.
But Tonev made it two in the 38th minute with a low 25-yard shot which found the bottom corner.
Popov added a third two minutes after the break, tapping home from Georgi Milanov's left-wing cross and a fourth arrived just seven minutes later. Vladimir Gadzhev on the right made it, passing inside for Gargorov to convert.
Tonev completed his hat-trick in the 68th minute with another effort from distance. And Ivanov completed the rout 12 minutes from time with a close-range finish into the top corner.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Fri 22nd Mar - Group F
Israel3 - 3Portugal
Luxembourg0 - 0Azerbaijan
Fri 22nd Mar - Group B
Bulgaria6 - 0Malta
Czech Rep0 - 3Denmark
Fri 22nd Mar - Group A
Croatia2 - 0Serbia
Macedonia0 - 2Belgium
Scotland1 - 2Wales
Fri 22nd Mar - Group E
Slovenia1 - 2Iceland
Norway0 - 1Albania
Fri 22nd Mar - Group C
Kazakhstan0 - 3Germany
Austria6 - 0Faroe Islands
Sweden0 - 0Rep Ireland
Fri 22nd Mar - Group D
Andorra0 - 2Turkey
Hungary2 - 2Romania
Holland3 - 0Estonia
Fri 22nd Mar - Group G
Liechtenstein1 - 1Latvia
Slovakia1 - 1Lithuania
Bos & Herz3 - 1Greece
Fri 22nd Mar - Group H
Moldova0 - 1Montenegro
Poland1 - 3Ukraine
San Marino0 - 8England
Fri 22nd Mar - Group I
Spain1 - 1Finland
France3 - 1Georgia
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I