World Cup qualifier: Bulgaria on course for second after win in Malta
Last Updated: 10/09/13 11:06pm
Emil Gargorov: On target in Malta
Bulgaria remain on course for second place in World Cup qualifying Group B after a narrow 2-1 win in Malta.
Italy have already won their section, but Bulgaria remain ahead of Denmark by one point and are four ahead of Czech Republic after their win in Ta'Qali.
Bulgaria took the lead after just nine minutes when right-back Radoslav Dimitrov claimed his first goal for his country as he beat Justin Haber in the home goal.
Malta, who have not taken a point at home during this campaign, almost levelled early in the second half when Andre Schembri hit the post after a fine run.
But on the hour Bulgaria doubled their lead when Emil Gargorov converted from close range.
Malta did give the home fans something to shout about when Edward Herrera pulled one back 12 minutes from time.
Bulgaria, who have not reached a World Cup finals since 1998, now know that victory in their final two matches against Armenia and Czech Republic will almost certainly seal a play-off berth.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Tue 10th Sep - Group F
Russia3 - 1Israel
Luxembourg3 - 2N Ireland
Tue 10th Sep - Group G
Lithuania2 - 0Liechtenstein
Slovakia1 - 2Bos & Herz
Greece1 - 0Latvia
Tue 10th Sep - Group B
Armenia0 - 1Denmark
Malta1 - 2Bulgaria
Italy2 - 1Czech Rep
Tue 10th Sep - Group C
Kazakhstan0 - 1Sweden
Austria1 - 0Rep Ireland
Faroe Islands0 - 3Germany
Tue 10th Sep - Group E
Norway0 - 2Switzerland
Cyprus0 - 2Slovenia
Iceland2 - 1Albania
Tue 10th Sep - Group I
Georgia0 - 1Finland
Belarus2 - 4France
Tue 10th Sep - Group D
Romania0 - 2Turkey
Andorra0 - 2Holland
Hungary5 - 1Estonia
Tue 10th Sep - Group A
Macedonia1 - 2Scotland
Wales0 - 3Serbia
Tue 10th Sep - Group H
San Marino1 - 5Poland
Ukraine0 - 0England
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