Bulgaria – Soviet Union

International friendly
Tue. 21 Feb 1989
Vasil Levski, Sofia
Att.: 50,000

Bulgaria 1 - 2 Soviet Union
1-0 (22) Emil Kostadinov
1-1 (34) Aleksandr Borodyuk
1-2 (56) Vasiliy Rats

Ref.: Mr Klaus Deschel (East Germany)

Preview

Bulgaria had taken winter break with 1 point at the bottom of the table. The draw in Copenhagen had been valuable, even though it didn't give too many positives in terms of attacking football. They had seemed unable to produce anything on counter-attacks, which might have created something for them. For this match against the Soviet Union, Boris Angelov had drafted in Emil Kostadinov (CFKA Sredets). He was the third man of the feared attacking trio at his club team, and the best of them when it comes to exploiting counter-attacking opportunities. This would be his second cap. Another youngster who got the chance was Krasimir Balakov, who replaced Georgi Yordanov: a similar kind of player, with good technical abilities.

The Soviet Union were sitting nicely on the top of the table in group 3. Lobanovsky rarely introduced new players in his team in the big matches, but could use this friendly to experiment a bit. The most surprising name in the team sheet was Alexandr Borodyuk (Dinamo Moscow), who would play as a second-striker. The bench also included a few new names that would get the chance during the game. A notable inclusion among the substitutes was also the well-known Igor Belanov, who had been dropped from Lobanovsky's team after the 1988 Euros.

Bulgaria (5-3-2)

Name
1 Iliya Valov
2 Iliyan Kiryakov
3 Pavel Dochev
4 Krasimir Bezinski
5 Nikolay Iliev (c)
6 Trifon Ivanov
7 Emil Kostadinov
8 Ayan Sadakov
9 Luboslav Penev
10 Krasimir Balakov
11 Hristo Stoichkov

Substitutes
- Georgi Yordanov
- Nikolay Todorov

Manager: Boris Angelov

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Club
Sredets
Etar
Lokomotiv Sofia
Sredets
Vitosha
Sredets
Sredets
Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Sredets
Etar
Sredets

  
Vitosha
Lokomotiv Sofia

Soviet Union (4-4-2)

Name
1 Dmitri Kharin
2 Sergei Gorlukovich
3 Sergei Aleinikov
4 Oleg Kuznetsov
5 Anatoliy Demyanenko (c)
6 Vasiliy Rats
7 Ivan Yaremchuk
8 Gennadiy Litovchenko
9 Aleksandr Borodyuk
10 Oleg Protasov
11 Andrey Zygmantovich

Substitutes
x Viktor Chanov
14 Igor Belanov
x Alexey Cherednik
x Andrey Kalaychev

Manager: Valeriy Lobanovskyi
    

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Club
Dinamo Moskva
Lokomotiv Moskva
Dinamo Minsk
Dinamo Kiev
Dinamo Kiev
Dinamo Kiev
Dinamo Kiev
Dinamo Kiev
Dinamo Moskva
Dinamo Kiev
Dinamo Minsk

   
Dinamo Kiev
Dinamo Kiev
Dnepr Dnepropetrovsk
Lokomotiv Moskva

Tactical line-ups

Bulgaria vs Soviet Union - Friendly - Football tactics and formations

Match report

1st half
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2nd half
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