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Friday, June 11, 2010

Euro 2012: Bulgaria and Cyprus draw

BULGARIA and Cyprus tied 29-29 in their Euro 2012 clash at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London on Friday afternoon, leaving the fate of the group wide open.

Bulgaria had led for long periods, but couldn’t shake off dogged Cyprus who were chasing their second win in the competition.

Cyprus only led the clash once for a short period, although they were level with Bulgaria for long periods and always hit back after conceding.

Bulgaria dashed into an early 5-1 lead after just seven minutes, but Cyprus battled back following a timeout, and levelled at 8-8 ten minutes later.

Nip and tuck all the way, Bulgaria’s 14-12 lead was cancelled out in the final minute and a half of the first period which ended at 14-14.

But although Cyprus battled well they never led again, although they levelled several times with their Bulgarian rivals.

Centre back Yordan Mihaylov and right winger Borislav Borisov were Bulgaria’s top scorers with six goals each, while for Cyprus, three players scored five goals - pivot Vasilis Demosthenous (pictured), centre back Marios Efstathiades and left back Giorgios Stylianou.

The draw means Cyprus lead the group with three points, but Estonia are on two points and will be eager to go clear with a win over Great Britain on Friday evening’s match.

However, GB will also fancy their chances of a win, and are out for revenge following a painful defeat to Cyprus on Thursday night.

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