89 minutes: cross from the left of Carole Costa and Diana Silva, heel (!), Allows a great save from Shahanska.
82 minutes: Gotseva and Aleksandrova come out, Atanasova and Koshuleva come in.
78 minutes: Dimitrova is sent off for accumulation of yellow cards after committing a hard foul on Jessica Silva.
76 minutes: Portugal’s goal! Carole Costa, in the transformation of the penalty kick, goes up to 0-5.
75 minutes: penalty for Portugal. Boycheva knocks down Francisca Nazareth, inside the area, and Alina Pesu automatically points to an 11 meter mark.
74 minutes: Georgieva leaves, Zheleva enters.
73 minutes: Dolores Silva leaves, Fátima Pinto enters.
70 minutes: Portugal’s goal! Right corner of Suzane Pires and Diana Gomes, with the knee, makes 0-4.
70 minutes: Jessica Silva’s cross from the right and Francisca Nazareth’s shot for a great save by Shahanska, for a corner.
68 minutes: Diana Silva and Andreia Jacinto leave, Carolina Mendes and Suzane Pires enter.
66 minutes: Pencheva yellow card.
62 minutes: Dinieva and Penkova leave, Pencheva and Atanasova enter.
58 minutes: Catarina Amado and Andreia Faria leave, Tatiana Pinto and Francisca Nazareth enter.
57 minutes: Portugal’s goal! Mistake by Razhgeva and Diana Silva, at the entrance of the small area, shoots for the 0-3.
52 minutes: Ana Borges and Diana Silva’s cross from the right, after fleeing the opposite direction, shoots at Shahanska.
Beginning of the second part.
Break. Portugal is beating Bulgaria, 2-0, thanks to goals from Ivanova (in own goal) and Jessica Silva. In a one-way game – just once the Portuguese defense was put to the test, but Alícia Correia resolved the issue (Inês Pereira hasn’t made a defense yet and has been a mere spectator) -, the team of quinas has been playing a very pleasant football , playing from foot to foot and exploring the two flanks, and, from this width, there have been several dangerous situations for the opposite goal. As a matter of fact, Francisco Neto’s team may even have a more comfortable advantage on the scoreboard. With this partial victory, Portugal remains in 2nd place in Group H of the qualifying phase for the 2023 World Cup, just behind Germany, who this afternoon thrashed Israel (7-0) and kept the two points of advantage with which he entered this journey.
45 + 2 minutes: Carole Costa, with a direct free kick, has a well placed shot, but the ball goes slightly over Bulgaria’s goalpost.
45 + 1 minutes: Dimitrova gets a yellow card for a foul on Andreia Faria, on the edge of the box.
38 minutes: excellent cross from the right of Jessica Silva and Diana Silva, in the center of the area, in front of the bad exit of the Bulgarian goalkeeper, heads slightly over the bar.
31 minutes: Jessica Silva was brought down by Ivanova, on the sideline of the penalty area, Alina Pesu, at first instance, aimed at the penalty mark, but, shortly afterwards, she reversed her own decision and ended up giving a free-kick in favor from Portugal.
29 minutes: Ana Borges’ corner from the left and Diana Gomes’ header from the penalty spot, slightly to the left of Shahanska’s goal post.
24 minutes: Bulgaria’s first offensive appearance, with a cross from the left from Aleksandrova, but Alícia Correia, well positioned in the center of the small area, avoided bigger males for Inês Pereira’s goal.
23 minutes: Dolores Silva shoots hard, from a distance, but the ball goes over Bulgaria’s goal.
After the first quarter of an hour, Portugal already has a two-goal advantage (Ivanova, in own goal, and Jessica Silva) and controls the match. In addition to their greater offensive propensity, Francisco Neto’s teams are also very reactive to the loss of the ball and, therefore, do not allow for great pretensions to the Bulgarian team.
15 minutes: an excellent pass from Ana Borges to Diana Silva who, already inside the penalty area, shoots for Shahanska’s beautiful defense.
4 minutes: Portugal’s goal! Another cross from the right, this time by Diana Silva, and Jessica Silva, in the center of the small area, leans towards the 0-2.
3 minutes: Portugal’s goal! Crossing from the right of Ana Borges and Ivanova deflects to own goal. 0-1.
Start of match.
eleven from Portugal: Inês Pereira; Catarina Amado, Diana Gomes, Carole Costa, Alicia Correia, Andreia Faria, Dolores Silva, Andreia Jacinto, Ana Borges, Diana Silva and Jéssica Silva.
eleven from bulgaria: Shahanska; Ivanova, Boycheva, Dimitrova, Razhgeva, Gotseva, Georgieva, Dinieva, Penkova, Petkova and Alenksandrova.
Referee: Alina Pesu (Romania)
assistants: Petruta Iugulescu and D. Constantinescu
4th Arbitrator: Roxana Recorean
The women’s National Team faces this afternoon, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, counting for the fourth round of Group H of qualifying for the 2023 World Cup.
It should be remembered that despite the Bulgarian team being in last place in the group and still without any points conquered, the coach Francisco Neto rejected any favoritism by the team of quinas, which follows in second place behind Germany.