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Vassil Levski Stadion 22nd March 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: Eitan Shmuelevitz

Bulgaria Bulgaria vs Malta Malta

Bulgaria 6

A Tonev (6, 38, 68)
I Popov (47)
E Gargarov (54)
I Ivanov (78)

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Malta 0

World Cup: Aleksandar Tonev hat-trick inspires 6-0 Bulgaria win over Malta

Last Updated: 22/03/13 6:25pm

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Aleksandar Tonev: Scored a hat-trick for Bulgaria against Malta

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.

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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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