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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old April 1st, 2003, 09:01 Thread Starter
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THE GAME: Estonia - Bulgaria

A HUGE game for us. No question.

With Cro beating Belg while already losing to us and slipping at home draw to, a win in Talin will get as so clsoe to prtugal. Then we would ahve to get the home game against BEL and we are there.

A vital game and as everyone says "anything but a win will be a bad result." Dont underestamet the Estonians!!!

And what is this thing with the wether there.

SNOW!!! -5 C!!! It sis teh beginning of April darn it! :fero:

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old April 1st, 2003, 12:52
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My observations show that here,among my acquaintances, exists some kind of fear.Especially after the win of the Estonians against Canada, which of course is not such a success, but many people see in them a big obstacle.
They are tough players, and yes,the weather will be one of the problems.Most of our NT players knew only that the Estonians play a typical Russian football but I hope Markov and the staff has managed to discriminate the weak and strong aspects of our oponent.

As you say, Bono- a must win
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Yup the weather might be a problem, but it would be the same for the Estonians, the only thing that can stop us is our confidence and the expectations plus the pressure on the players. For one thing is sure this team has the quality, but the mental state is always a problem in our region, and our greatest enemy.

Certainly Estonia ain't the team to scare us, but a faliure here would cause just too many problems (media, scandals, acusations, discussions, etc.) I just dun wish to think about it.

In our advantage is the fact that many of our players work abroad for some reasonably large amount of time, so they know better how to step into such a tense scene and walk out with dignity.

For the good youth of Bulgaria!
Ajde nashte!
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Markov will most probably start with teh same line up from we beat the crap out of teh Serbs

Zdarvkov
Kisishev Pazin Petkov Kirilov
Peev Stan balakov Martin Petrov
Ianovic Berbatov

I wont mind see Todi in but may be he will come the 2nd half!!!

COME ON!!! PORTUGAL IS BEGGING ...

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Judging the fact that most of our forwards experience problems in their clubs for me it's an absolute crime if Toddy doesn't start the game.
Only the game vs Man Utd he played is a good predisposition for Markov to start the squad with his name.
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I agree. And then Berbo is great in NT but lately he is a shadow at BAyer. But after the goals he scored for the NT and after the great workload from Jankovic you cant really leave them on the bench, can you?

Then, he cant start with 4 strikers away (Martin is there too) and I dont think you can put Todi instead of Martin anyway.

So, what do you do? I guess you just stick to teh winning formula. I just hope the D holds for 90 min together in teh cold.

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30 min gone!!! 0-0

eurospoer reports some penalty not given for BG on foul against Berbatov. i wonder ...

COME ON!! SCOREEEE!!!!

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the last 10 min

Estonia-Bulgaria 43' : The Bulgaria pressure is relentless

Estonia-Bulgaria 42' : Martin Pertov has a shooting chance on the edge of the box, left of centre, he pulls the trigger!!!! But slices haplessly wide

Estonia-Bulgaria 42' : Petrov flicks through for Berbatov... but Poom is quickly off his line to save

Estonia-Bulgaria 41' : Peev wins another corner on the right. Can Balakov hit this cross any better than the last..... NO HE CAN'T!!! Another dismall corner from the veteran, cleared at the near post

Estonia-Bulgaria 40' : Berbatov wins another header on the edge of the Estonia box but again he has no support. The young striker throws his arms up in the air in frustration

Estonia-Bulgaria 39' : Berbatov gets the byline then fires it to the near post... but Poom catches well!!

Estonia-Bulgaria 38' : Balakov curls it with his left foot... but that is into the sidenetting. What a waste

Estonia-Bulgaria 37' : Peev wins a corner on the right... Bulgaria pushing for that opening goal

Estonia-Bulgaria 36' : Long ball forward for Berbatov.... he chests it down to Jankovic!!!!! But he pulls his shot wide from the edge of the box. The gaps in the Estonia defence are certainly there to be exploited


SCORE!!! COME ON!!! WE NEED A FVCKING GOAL!!! :fero: :fero: :fero:

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HT 0-0

I guess we shall see Todi now. As predicted ...

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Iankovic OFF
Todi IN

Good to see Markov is following the football logic.

Now, lets see a goal!!!

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20 min left ... 0-0

And Est had some good chances lately.

NOW, it is time to explode ... :fero: :fero:

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yellow balakov ...

less than 10 to go.

this doesnt look so good!!!

Just one goal, just one goal, please ...

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OVER!!! 0-0 ... shame.

Still 1 pt away in these conditions ... may a be goo dresult

Standings (Cro-And is 2-0 HT; assuming Cro victory):

1. Bulgaria (4 games played) 10 pts 6-1
2. Hrvatska (4) 7 pts (6-2 HT score)
3. Belgium (4) 6pts 2-6
4. Estonia (3) 2pts 0-1
5. Andora (3) 0pts

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So,that's it!
Our worries were justified.I congratulate the Estonians,they achieved their goal,great defense,not only physics and height.Oper impressed me a lot.
Berbo missed a lot of opportunities and Svetlio ,too.I don't know,I guess we'll have to put up with this result and expect Belgium.
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It should not be a big problem really. I mean, true 2 pts lost but then again Estonians are a solid team, really and they already had the draw in Zagreb. You never know how the Talin game of Cros will finish.

Then we just have to concentrate on our best pals teh Belgians who we beat qualifications in and qualifications oit. PEriod!

Steph, are you for a bet??? (If he ever sees that)

SAMO NASHTE!!!

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This blows the group wide openThe Croatia of today are very different, and much better, than the makeshift teams that drew against Estonia and lost to Bulgaria...

conveniently, the last game is Croatia-Bulgaria in Zagreb and that may be a battle for first place in our group...I hope anyways, good luck to Bulgaria


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As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!
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conveniently, the last game is Croatia-Bulgaria in Zagreb and that may be a battle for first place in our group...I hope anyways, good luck to Bulgaria
I prefer not to leave it for the last game
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Krasi Balakov is out for the game against Belgium:depress:
Too bad......
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I prefer not to leave it for the last game
Me neither


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We had the huge game against Belgium. The BIG one really.

If we win we are almost there. Croatia still has to play Estonia and Belgium AWAT. We already did that and collected 4 pts. Plus, we already won OUR game against them and they have to win theirs.

Then, Belgium is a solid team no matter what, and it will be interesting to see how things develope.

A win against BEL at home in few weeks will put the demons to sleep, I guess. And Ero, then, you have to concetrate for teh 2nd place.

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