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  • May 26, 2012
  • • 2:00 PM
  • • Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam
  • Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 51000

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 4'
    BULGARIA 2-1 THE NETHERLANDS! Certainly the surprise of the evening as the vice world champions are defeated by the Lions! A superb showing by Bulgaria helped them not only level the scoring after Robin van Persie's opener through Ivelin Popov, but emerge victors, courtesy of a goal by Ilian Mitsanski. Stay with for our post-match materials, and do not forget to join us for our live coverage of Norway - England. Bye, for now!
  • 90' + 3'
    Assist Stanislav Manolev
  • 90' + 3'
    Goal Iliyan Mitsanski
  • 90' + 3'
    GOAL! BULGARIA LEAD! Manolev was picked out on the right with a superb pass, and delivered a perfect cross for Mitsanski, and the former Kaiserslautern man converted with a well-placed header at the far post. Tim Krul could certainly have done better there.
  • 90'
    The last minutes are for the Dutch as Bulgaria are forced to defend in numbers. There will be three minutes of added time, the fourth official indicates.
  • 87'
    Robben has injected some dynamism in the Oranje's play, but so far to no avail. Both teams seem disinterested in throwing any more of their power in this match.
  • 86'
    SubstitutionNigel De Jong Kevin Strootman
  • 85'
    SubstitutionGeorgi Milanov H. Zlatinski
  • 85'
    There they go, De Jong makes place for Strootman, and Zlatinski is coming on for Georgi Milanov.
  • 83'
    The coaches are preparing a few substitutions as Hristo Zlatinski and Kevin Strootman are warming up near the touchlines.
  • 80'
    Stoyanov and Mitsanski lead a quick counterattack for Bulgaria, but the defender is stopped near the byline by Van Der Wiel and Heitinga. Meanwhile, Mitsanski is lying on the ground after he was run over by Nigel de Jong.
  • 79'
    Yellow Card Dirk Kuyt
  • 78'
    SubstitutionIvelin Popov Alexandar Tonev
  • 78'
    Popov makes way for Aleksandur Tonev, while Huntelaar leaves the pitch for Arjen Robben. Warm reception from the Netherlands supporters for the Bayern Munich winger.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionKlaas-Jan Huntelaar Arjen Robben
  • 76'
    Bulgaria are now in ascendancy as Popov and Manolev have a couple of shots miss the targets. Curiously, the Netherlands seem to be happy with the result, and are not trying to hard to break the Lions.
  • 74'
    As you can tell from his name, Chvorovich is born in Serbia. The Minyor Pernik goalkeeper opted to represent Bulgaria at international level, and makes his first appearance for the Lions.
  • 73'
    Valentin Iliev and Ivan Chvorovich are introduced for Ivan Ivanov and Stoyan Kolev respectively. Most Bulgaria fans probably remember Valentin Iliev's part in the trashing of the Lions at the hands of Serbia a few years ago.
  • 72'
    SubstitutionStojan Kolev Ivan Čvorović
  • 72'
    SubstitutionI. Ivanov Valentin Iliev
  • 71'
    MANOLEV! A counterattack by Bulgaria sees Manolev receive the ball on the edge of the box. He decides to shoot on the volley, but his finish misses to the left.
  • 70'
    Bulgaria are comfortably holding on the possession as the Netherlands are desperately trying to find a way past the Lions defence. The Dutch look frustrated.
  • 67'
    Kuyt was introduced for Van der Vaart, with Stijn Schaars coming on for Jetro Willems. The Netherlands are throwing everything forward as full time approaches.
  • 65'
    Van der Vaart! The Tottenham man lets if fly from outside the box, but his shot lack power and is easily claimed by Kolev in the left corner. Moments later Huntelaar finds himself with the ball inside the box, but miscontrols and delivers a poor finish as well.
  • 64'
    SubstitutionRafael van der Vaart Dirk Kuyt
  • 64'
    SubstitutionJetro Willems Stijn Schaars
  • 63'
    Dyakov brings down Van der Vaart after conceding possession following a series of dribbles. Meanwhile, Mitsanski replaces Bojinov for the Lions.
  • 61'
    Yellow Card Svetoslav Dyakov
  • 61'
    The Netherlands have been somewhat struggling to penetrate Bulgaria's defensive line, and credit must go to the Lions' defensive midfielders, who, aside from the opener, have done well to neutralise Van der Vaart and Sneijder.
  • 60'
    SubstitutionValeri Bojinov Iliyan Mitsanski
  • 59'
    Well, after seeing Switzerland defeat Germany, could Bulgaria spring another surprise for one of the favourites at Euro 2012?
  • 57'
    Minev's poor performance has resulted in a substitution. Ivan Stoyanov is replacing the defender.
  • 56'
    SubstitutionJordan Minev I. Stoyanov
  • 55'
    Willens once again with a good run on the left, but Vlado Gadzhev tracks back to clear the ball. The Levski Sofia midfielder has yet to show the fans in the stadium his ability to shoot from range.
  • 53'
    WILLENS! The Dutch almost hit back immediately as the let-back whips in a cross after once again making short work of Yordan Minev. Huntelaar barely connects with the ball just outside the six-yard box as the visitors can breathe a sigh of relief.
  • 51'
    GOAL POPOV! The attacker stepped up and send the ball in the centre of goal, leaving no chance to Krul, who committed to the right. 1-1.
  • 50'
    Penalty Goal Ivelin Popov
  • 50'
    PENALTY BULGARIA! Minev sprinted down the right and fired a cross, which caught the sliding Van der Vaart on the hand and the referee points to the spot.
  • 49'
    Yellow Card Rafael van der Vaart
  • 48'
    WILLEMS! The debutant today made a wonderful run on the left, leaving Minev in his wake as he sprinted into the box, but his last touch is a bit too heavy and the ball is cleared by Bodurov.
  • 46'
    The second half begins ......
  • 45' + 1'
    The first half is over. Sucker punch for Bulgaria, who moments after hitting the bar received a terrible blow by Van Persie. Ivanov kept the striker onside, and certainly wishes he were a step forward in this situation. Still, this does not make Bulgaria's performance before the break any less good, and the Lions can certainly be happy with what they showed against the vice-world champions. Can they come back and shock the Netherlands? Can the Dutch add to their lead? Join us after the break to find out.
  • 45'
    Assist Wesley Sneijder
  • 45'
    Goal Robin van Persie
  • 45'
    GOAL! VAN PERSIE SCORES! A superb pass from Sneijder found Van Persie in the box with Ivan Ivanov making a terrible mistake in keeping the striker on-side. The Arsenal applies a simple finish from the right side of the penalty area, and the scoring is open.
  • 44'
    BAR! BOJINOV HITS THE BAR! The Lecce man lifted the ball over the wall and it crashed into the bar with Krul in a hopeless effort to claw it out. The closest any team has come to a goal so far.
  • 43'
    Yellow Card John Heitinga
  • 43'
    Heiting receives a yellow card for clear foul on Milanov on the edge of the box. Valeri Bojinov is behind the ball. Great chance for Bulgaria in this set-piece.
  • 41'
    Van der Wiel with a fine run and cross on the right wing, but no Dutch player in the box can make contact, and Minev takes the ball to midfield, where he is dispossessed.
  • 39'
    Yellow Card Nikolay Bodurov
  • 39'
    Bodurov receives the first yellow card of the game as he drives into Snejider with a senseless tackle. The defender apologies, much to the delight of the fans in the stands.
  • 37'
    Huntelaar finds Sneijder well with a back pass, and the Inter man lets it fly after taking couple of steps. Van Persie nearly connects with the ball, but Kolev is there to avert the danger.
  • 34'
    De Jong gets some of his own medicine as Manolev brings him down near the centre with a poor challenge. The Bulgarian has shown this season that he possess violent temper.
  • 32'
    The Bulgarians seem to have picked themselves up after the period of domination by the hosts, and are looking more and more assured. Can they spring a surprise tonight?
  • 30'
    Popov and Minev combine well on the left wing, but as the defender was about to pull clear from the defence, Heitinga sprints and dispossess him with a crunching tackle.
  • 28'
    BULGARIA! Krul with a mistake as he fails to clear a pass well under pressure from Bojinov. Luckily for the Dutch, the ricochet leaves the ball well out of Bulgaria's reach.
  • 26'
    The visitors are struggling to get out of their own half, as the Netherlands are kicking into gear. Van Bommel bulldozes Milanov in the centre of the pitch for his third foul of the game.
  • 24'
    NETHERLANDS! So close! The ball is whipped in from Sneijder, and it reaches Heitinga, whose towering header leaves Kolev helpless. Minev is there to clear from the line, but he is on the end of a very rough tackle, and will need treatment.
  • 22'
    Huntelaar is released by Van Bommel with a lovely ball behind the Bulgarians's defence, but Ivanov does well to intervene and clear for a corner on the left.
  • 20'
    A period of Dutch domination has forced the Lions to withdraw in their own half. Bulgaria's defence is doing a fairly decent job keeping the hosts outside the box, but their midfield is struggling to have any impact in defensive sense.
  • 18'
    Van Persie bamboozles the Lions' defence with a series of dribbles on the right side of the box before whipping in a cross from the byline for Huntelaar. Ivanov, however, is first to the ball and clears.
  • 16'
    SubstitutionJoris Mathijsen Wilfred Bouma
  • 16'
    Popov and Bojinov combine well just outside the box, with the former Sporting Lisbon man trying to loop one over the Dutch defence for the midfielder. The newly-introduced Brouma does well, however, and blocks the pass.
  • 13'
    A change will have to be made as Mathijsen is struggling with an injury. It appears that he stepped awkwardly on his left as he was trying to clear a cross by Popov. Brouma is warming up on the sidelines.
  • 11'
    The tempo has picked up in recent minutes, but aside from the sole chance for Van der Vaart, nothing breathtaking.
  • 9'
    Van der Vaart! The midfielder is picked out with a looping pass on the left side of the box, but miscontrols horribly and the ball is cleared. The Bulgarian defence never saw that coming.
  • 7'
    The Bulgarians try to break down through the right wing, where the inexperienced Willems is playing today, but, Mathijsen is there to help out the youngster and help clear the ball.
  • 5'
    Georgi Milanov is on the grass struggling after a rough challenge by Heitinga in the middle of the pitch. The visitors have hardly made it past the half-way line since the start of the game.
  • 3'
    The Dutch are controlling possession in the early minutes of the game, but a player receives the ball, he is crowded out by at least two players in white.
  • 1'
    The first half begins ...
  • Bulgaria: Kolev; Minev, Bodurov, Ivanov, Minev; Diakov, Gadzhev, Milanov; Manolev, Bojinov, Popov.
  • The Netherlands: Krul; Van der Wiel, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Willems; N. de Jong, Van Bommel; Van Persie, Sneijder, Van der Vaart; Huntelaar.
  • Hello and welcome to's live coverage of tonight's friendly between the Netherlands and Bulgaria. The Oranje are coming into this game fresh off their defeat against Bayern Munich, but things are not looking good for the Lions, who have not won in seven games. Here are the teams:
  • Hello and welcome to's live coverage of tonight's friendly between the Netherlands and Bulgaria. The Oranje are coming into this game fresh off their defeat against Bayern Munich, but things are not looking good for the Lions, who have not won in seven games. Here are the teams: