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Bulgarian Hopes up after Draw with Switzerland

Bulgaria’s hopes for qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa were lifted up after a 1:1 draw in a friendly against Switzerland in Geneva on Wednesday.Coming off from a disastrous end of 2008 (a 6:1 loss to Serbia, in a friendly) the team changed managers. Now led by Stanimir Stoilov, the Bulgarian football team displayed a significantly better game, that set experts’ hopes up.

It was the 32nd minute when Litex Lovech striker Ivelin Popov put the ball in the Swiss net after a successful pass by his club teammate Stanislav Manolev. The Swiss however took advantage of a misunderstanding in the Bulgarian defense and leveled the score seconds before half time.

Bulgaria dominated through most of the second half missing a lot of goal opportunities. The Swiss once again could score in the game’s last minutes, but the shot was deflected.

Guests in the Bulgarian National Television’s studio, that broadcast the game, commented that the team had displayed a quality of game that it hadn’t achieved in a long time, as morale seemed to be high.

Bulgaria’s first official World Cup qualifier for 2009 is an away game to the Republic of Ireland on March 28th.  /bnn/

http://www.bgnewsnet.com/story.php?lang=en&sid=23734

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