Bulgaria down Belarus in WC 2018 qualifier


Bulgaria down Belarus in WC 2018 qualifier

After an unsuccessful start in the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament, both Belarus and Bulgaria wanted to bounce back and earn some vital points. 

However, only the hosts delivered leaving Belarus without points again. They first attacked more and quickly achieved success. 

On 10 minutes, the Bulgarians intercepted the ball in midfield, with Spas Delev racing down the right wing and passing to Ivelin Popov, who struck past Andrey Gorbunov. 

After that, Belarus started to play better and created some chances. Almost immediately, Pavel Nekhaychik could level the score but his shot went just wide. Good chances of Ivan Mayevsky, Yuri Kendysh and Denis Laptev did not bring goals either.

In some episodes, it was Vladislav Stoyanov who showed the beauty of goalkeeping. 

After the break Alexander Khatskevich's Belarus continued to play well, largely thanks to meaningful actions Alexander Hleb in the midfield. However, his partners could not use the chances. 

This is the second defeat of Belarus in this qualifying campaign. The first one was also away, in Rotterdam, against the Netherlands 1:4.

Belarus has earned two points so far, thanks to a surprising draw vs France (0:0) and a bitter 1:1 result at home against Luxemburg. 

In another Sunday match of Group A round 4, the Netherlands went to visit Luxembourg and overcame them 3:1. 

The group leaders France on November 11 outplayed Sweden in Paris 2:1, in a match with lots of controversial episodes. 

Standings after four days of play: France - 10 points (goal difference - 7-2), Sweden - 7 (6-3), the Netherlands - 7 (8-4), Bulgaria - 6 (6-10), Belarus - 2 (2-6), Luxembourg - 1 (5-9).