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Prandelli satisfied with Bulgaria draw

8 September 2012 10:12

Italy manager Cesare Prandelli was happy to get away with a point from their World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria on Friday night.

Pablo Osvaldo gave visitors Italy a 2-1 lead after Stanislav Manolev's opener in the 30th minute, before Georgi Milanov restored parity after half-time to help the hosts snatch a 2-2 draw.

Prandelli was satisfied with the result but admitted that the Azzurri were unable to play their own game as Bulgaria dictated play.

"A point in an away game versus Bulgaria is quite valuable. We always struggle a bit at the start of the campaign, so we have to be satisfied with the draw," Prandelli said after the match.

"It's a bit of a shame that we didn't bag the full three points as we got some good chances to make it 3-1. That would have taken the wind out of their sails a bit and calmed us down.

"We were unable to play at our own tempo and lacked accuracy in our passing. We allowed Bulgaria to dictate the game and run at our defenders."

Italy take on Malta on Monday in their second 2014 World Cup qualifier.

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2 - 2

Italy

L D D D D
Competition
WC Qualification Europe
Date
7 September 2012
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 2
Full-time
2 - 2
Venue
Stadion Vasil Levski (Sofia)
Attendance
12993

Goals

S. Manolev 30'
(assist by E. Gargorov) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
36' P. Osvaldo
 (assist by C. Marchisio)
1 - 2
40' P. Osvaldo
 (assist by E. Giaccherini)
G. Milanov 66'
(assist by I. Mitsanski) 
2 - 2

Lineups

# Player Bookings
13
6
14
15
2 30'
5
18 16'
9 76'
21 89'
17 66'
23
Coach: L. Penev

Substitutes

Monday 21 April

Sunday 20 April

23:44
23:43
23:19
22:53
22:35
21:55
21:36
21:24
21:01
20:58
20:50
20:46
20:12
19:56
19:56
19:46
19:04
19:02
18:57
18:34
18:21
18:12
18:05
17:57
17:56
17:35
17:17
17:03
16:26
16:25
16:22
16:11
15:48
15:46
15:27
15:02
14:56
14:37
13:33
13:21
12:51
12:43
12:24
11:56
11:42
10:23
10:04
09:47
09:43
09:30
09:20
07:45
06:11
06:08
06:02
05:35
05:06
05:04
04:18
03:58
03:49
03:43
03:17
03:12
02:24
02:15

Saturday 19 April

23:51
23:33
23:04
23:03
22:50
22:48
22:38
22:24
22:19
22:11
21:53
21:43
21:29
21:15
21:12
20:33
20:27
20:22
20:15
20:10
20:02
19:55
19:46
19:37
19:28
19:27
19:16
19:14
18:55
18:53
18:41
18:06
18:02
17:56
17:55
17:49
17:29
17:28
17:17
17:10
16:56
16:55
16:29
16:17
15:46
15:36
15:12
14:21
13:56
13:10
12:55
12:08
11:58
11:27
10:53
10:53
10:35
09:59
09:35
08:56
06:39
06:19
06:16
05:39
04:37
04:35
02:59
02:17
01:44
01:42

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