UEFA Nations League - Group C3
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Georgi Petkov: Bulgaria goalkeeper plays against Cyprus at age of 42

Georgi Petkov
Georgi Petkov last appeared for Bulgaria in 2009 and has won 16 caps

Georgi Petkov became the oldest goalkeeper to play for a European team in an international as Bulgaria played out a Nations League draw with Cyprus.

Petkov played the full 90 minutes at the age of 42 years, eight months and two days - nine years after his previous cap for the national side.

Earlier this season, the Slavia Sofia keeper became the oldest player to appear in Bulgaria's top flight.

Bulgaria scored a last-minute equaliser to end Cyprus' hopes of promotion.

Debutant Panagiotis Zachariou looked to have kept Cyprus in contention but Nikolay Dimitrov rescued a precious point from the penalty spot for Bulgaria, who will battle it out with Norway for promotion.

"I take it as something normal," said Petkov. "This is not something to be astonished with. I have said before that I am always ready to help Bulgaria."

Giorgos Koudas is the oldest player to have represented a European nationexternal-link - playing for Greece at the age of 48 in 1995. He was recalled 13 years after his last cap for a farewell appearance.

The oldest player to play for England was Stanley Matthews, who represented the Three Lions at the age of 42 years and 103 days against Denmark in 1957.

Line-ups

Cyprus

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Panayi
  • 13Kousoulos
  • 4Merkis
  • 19Laifis
  • 17MargaçaBooked at 68mins
  • 18Artymatas
  • 8Kyriakou
  • 6Makris
  • 7EfremSubstituted forPapafotisat 78'minutes
  • 11AvraamSubstituted forIoannouat 59'minutes
  • 15ZachariouSubstituted forRoushiasat 67'minutesBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 2Karo
  • 3Ioannou
  • 5Sielis
  • 9Roushias
  • 10Sotiriou
  • 12Pardo
  • 14Laban
  • 16Fylaktou
  • 20Wheeler
  • 21Papafotis
  • 22Christodoulou
  • 23Economides

Bulgaria

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Petkov
  • 2Popov
  • 5Bodurov
  • 15Bozhikov
  • 14Nedyalkov
  • 8NedelevBooked at 73mins
  • 7Kostadinov
  • 6SlavchevSubstituted forKostovat 82'minutes
  • 18IvanovSubstituted forDimitrovat 56'minutes
  • 10Popov
  • 12KraevSubstituted forDelevat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Tsvetkov
  • 4Chorbadzhiyski
  • 9Delev
  • 11Bandalovski
  • 13Makendzhiev
  • 16Malinov
  • 17Kostov
  • 19Vasilev
  • 20Raynov
  • 21Hadzhiev
  • 22Dimitrov
  • 23Evtimov
Referee:
Mohammed Al-Hakim
Attendance:
3,844

Match Stats

Home TeamCyprusAway TeamBulgaria
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home6
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home1
Away10
Fouls
Home17
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cyprus 1, Bulgaria 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cyprus 1, Bulgaria 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bulgaria. Conceded by Giorgos Merkis.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Vasil Bozhikov (Bulgaria) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Todor Nedelev with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Bulgaria. Conceded by Kostas Laifis.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Strahil Popov (Bulgaria) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stanislav Kostov.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Cyprus 1, Bulgaria 1. Nikolay Dimitrov (Bulgaria) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  8. Post update

    Penalty Bulgaria. Ivelin Popov draws a foul in the penalty area.

  9. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Kostas Laifis (Cyprus) after a foul in the penalty area.

  10. Booking

    Onisiforos Roushias (Cyprus) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Cyprus. Ioannis Kousoulos tries a through ball, but Onisiforos Roushias is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Vasil Bozhikov (Bulgaria) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Todor Nedelev with a cross following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Bulgaria. Conceded by Constantinos Panayi.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nikolay Bodurov (Bulgaria) header from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Todor Nedelev with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bulgaria. Conceded by Ioannis Kousoulos.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Renato Margaça (Cyprus) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andreas Makris.

  17. Post update

    Nikolay Bodurov (Bulgaria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Onisiforos Roushias (Cyprus).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bulgaria. Stanislav Kostov replaces Simeon Slavchev.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France42114407
2Netherlands32016246
3Germany301215-41

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium33007169
2Switzerland32019366
3Iceland4004113-120

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal22004226
2Italy31112204
3Poland301235-21

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain420212756
2England31114404
3Croatia311138-54

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine43015509
2Czech Rep310234-13
3Slovakia31025413

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Russia32104137
2Turkey310246-23
3Sweden201123-11

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bos-Herze431051410
2Austria31111104
3Northern Ireland300315-40

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark32104137
2Wales42026516
3R. of Ireland301215-41

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Israel32014226
2Scotland21013213
3Albania310214-33

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Finland540151412
2Greece53024409
3Hungary52127617
4Estonia501438-51

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norway531152310
2Bulgaria531164210
3Cyprus512257-25
4Slovenia502347-32

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia42205238
2Montenegro42116337
3Romania41304316
4Lithuania400429-70

M

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Georgia5410101913
2Kazakhstan51317526
3Latvia503226-43
4Andorra503229-73

N

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belarus532080811
2Luxembourg530210379
3Moldova522134-18
4San Marino5005014-140

O

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Kosovo42206248
2Azerbaijan41305236
3Faroe Islands411247-34
4Malta402248-42

P

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1North Macedonia5401105512
2Armenia530212669
3Gibraltar5203511-66
4Liechtenstein5104510-53
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