Sofia – Italy had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Bulgaria in a European Championship qualifier in 2016. The Azzurri survived the defeat thanks to goals from Eder in the final minutes.
In the match at the Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sunday (03/29/2015) pm dawn, Italy opened the scoring in the third minute through an own goal by Jordan Minev. Minev intends to cut a cross from the left side, but he just pushed the ball into his own goal.
Bulgaria is able to equalize in the 11th minute. Ivelin Popov hard kick from outside the penalty box to the bottom corner point without being able to reach goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.
Bulgaria turned to lead six minutes later. In a lightning counter-attack, Georgi Milanov sends in a cross which was completed Ilian Micanski into goals. Although escorted by Andrea Barzagli, could Micanski ball into the goal Italy.
Italy had a golden opportunity to equalize in the 20th minute. However, a header from a free kick Ciro Immobile forward Marco Verratti stray light.
Bulgaria barely increased his lead in the 37th minute. Bad luck for them, free kick hit the crossbar just Popov.
In the second half, exactly 68 minutes, Italy chance to equalize the score. But, Immobile unstoppable shot Bulgarian goalkeeper Nikolai Mihaylov. Andrea Bertolacci who try to maximize the loose ball also failed because not lead to a goal kick.
Italian hard work finally paid off in the 83rd minute. They equalized to 2-2 through goals Eder. After receiving feedback from Giorgio Chiellini, Eder turned and curled a shot from outside the box. Mihaylov could only be stunned to see the post collapse.
Italy almost took the lead three minutes later. But, a shot just wide Manolo Gabbiadini. Despite trying hard to score again in the rest of the time, Italy finally be satisfied with the final score 2-2.
With this result, Italy ranks second in the standings of Group H. They collected 11 points from five games, two points adrift of Croatia who are in the top position. Bulgaria sits in fourth position with five points.
Bulgaria: Mihaylov; Manolev, Bodurov, A Aleksandrov, Minev; Dyakov, Gadzhev; Milanov (Vasilev 89 ‘), Popov (Slavchev 85’), M. Alexandrov; Micanski (Bojinov 73 ‘)
Italy: Sirigu; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Darmian, Candreva, Verratti, Bertolacci (Soriano 72 ‘), Antonelli (Gabbiadini 77’); Zaza (Eder 58 ‘), Immobile