2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Result BULGARIA 0 – 2 ITALY, Sunday 28 March 2021

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32% Ball Possession BULGARIA and 68% Ball Possession ITALY

Bulgaria 0 – 2 Italy

.                                                                  43′ Andrea Belotti (pen)
.                                                                  83′ Manuel Locatelli

Mission accomplished with Italy winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification Matchday 2 – Group C game against Bulgaria on Sunday 28 March 2021 at the Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski in Sofia, Bulgaria .   The victory  extends Italy unbeaten record to 24 games.   Italy reaching 6 points and is in the 1st position with a positive goal difference of +4 followed by Switzerland also with 6 points and a positive goal difference of +3.

Italy opening the score in the 43rd minute. Referee Slavko Vinčič giving a penalty to Italy conceded by Daniel Dimov after a foul on Andrea Belotti. It is Belotti to take care of business converting the penalty defeating Bulgaria goalkeeper with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.


Italy increasing the score to a 0-2 in the 83rd minute.

  • Before the game: Italian team considering the negative stats for games in Bulgaria: Italy have never won (with a total of 4 draws and 2 defeats); the balance is in favor of Italy, though, with regard to the matches they’ve played against Bulgaria (10 wins, 7 draws and 2 defeats), with their last match played on 6 September 2015 in Palermo, decided by a successful penalty from the ex AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi.

👉 Here is BULGARIA official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach Petrov:

BULGARIA (3-5-2): Iliev; Dimov, Antov, Bozhikov; Cicinho, Chochev, Kostadinov, Vitanov, Tsetanov; Galabinov, Delev.

👉 Here is ITALY official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach Roberto Mancini:

ITALIA (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Florenzi, Bonucci, Acerbi, Spinazzola; Barella, Sensi, Verratti; Chiesa, Belotti, Insigne.

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Referee Slavko Vinčič from Slovenia will be assisted by Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN) and Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN). The Fourth Official will be Matej Jug (SVN). The Referee Assessor will be Iuri Baskakov (RUS).

FIFA World Cup Qualifying
Matchday 2 – Group C

Bulgaria 0 – 2 Italy
Saturday 28 March 2021
Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski
Sofia, Bulgaria

20:45

Referee: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Matej Jug (SVN)
Referee Assessor: Iuri Baskakov (RUS)

Goals: 43′ Andrea Belotti (pen), 83′ Manuel Locatelli

Official lineups  – formations – tabellino:

BULGARIA (3-5-2): Iliev; Dimov, Antov, Bozhikov; Cicinho, Chochev, Kostadinov, Vitanov, Tsetanov; Galabinov, Delev.

Subs: Naumov, Hristov, Zanev, Vutov, Karagaren, Iliev, Karadzhov, Malinov, Jomov, A.Iliev, D.Iliev, Rajnov.

Head Coach: Petrov.

ITALIA (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Florenzi, Bonucci, Acerbi, Spinazzola; Barella, Sensi, Verratti; Chiesa, Belotti, Insigne.

Subs: Sirigu, Meret, Di Lorenzo, Bastoni, Mancini, Locatelli, Pellegrini, Pessina, Grifo, Emerson, Bernardeschi, Immobile.

Head Coach: Roberto Mancini.