Spain v Bulgaria, 09 June 1996

Score1-1
RefereePiero Ceccarini
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group B
VenueElland Road
Attendance24,006
Kick-off: 2.30pm local Goalless after an hour, this Group B opener burst into life in the final quarter, with both sides having a man dismissed soon after scoring. The predatory Hristo Stoichkov, who had earlier been adjudged offside before finishing exquisitely on the volley, looked to have laid the platform for an impressive Bulgaria victory when he converted a penalty just before the hour. That was as good as it got for Dimitar Penev's team, though, with Petar Hubchev's 72nd-minute dismissal leaving them with an uphill struggle to hold on to their lead. The equaliser duly arrived from Alfonso Pérez soon after, though Juan Antonio Pizzi was then also shown a red card to leave both sides a man down for the final quarter of an hour. Javier Clemente's charges should have been in front in the first half when a deflection off Yordan Lechkov was volleyed over the bar by the unmarked Julen Guerrero. It was a welcome reprieve for Bulgaria, whose talisman, Stoichkov, then came to the fore. Bristling and strutting as always, the former FC Barcelona man – who would return to the Liga powerhouses after the tournament – looked his side's biggest threat throughout. He made no mistake from the spot after Emil Kostadinov had been felled by Sergi Barjuán, but it was not enough. Hubchev's departure for a foul on José Luis Caminero was almost immediately followed by Spain scoring, Fernando Hierro's free-kick blocked but sent back in and deflected past Borislav Mihaylov with Pérez's first touch since coming on. Pizzi was sent off to even up the numbers in an untidy finish to the match.

1  Spain

Manager: Javier Clemente

1  Bulgaria

Manager: Dimitar Penev

Goals:

Alfonso 74 G

Goals:

Hristo Stoichkov penalty 65 P

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Zubizarreta (captain)
Defender Abelardo
Defender Alkorta
Defender Belsué
Defender Hierro
Defender Sergi
Midfielder Amor
Midfielder Caminero
Midfielder Guerrero
Midfielder Luis Enrique
Forward Pizzi

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Borislav Mihailov (captain)
Defender Petar Hubchev
Defender Trifon Ivanov
Midfielder Krasimir Balakov
Midfielder Ilian Kiriakov
Midfielder Radostin Kishishev
Midfielder Yordan Letchkov
Midfielder Zlatko Yankov
Forward Emil Kostadinov
Forward Luboslav Penev

Substitutions:

Amavisca for Guerrero 51
Alfonso for Amor 72
Donato for Caminero 82

Substitutions:

Ivailo Yordanov for Emil Kostadinov 72
Tsanko Tsvetanov for Ilian Kiriakov 72
Daniel Borimirov for Luboslav Penev 77

Cards:

Caminero 27 Y
Sergi 39 Y
Amor 42 Y
Pizzi 75 R
Abelardo 90 Y

Cards:

Hristo Stoichkov 29 Y
Radostin Kishishev 55 Y
Petar Hubchev 71 R
Zlatko Yankov 77 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Cañizares
Goalkeeper Jose Molina
Defender Lopez
Defender Otero
Midfielder Amavisca
Midfielder Donato
Forward Alfonso
Forward Kiko
Forward Manjarín
Forward Salinas

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Dimitar Popov
Goalkeeper Zdravko Zdravkov
Defender Gosho Ginchev
Defender Emil Kremenliev
Defender Tsanko Tsvetanov
Midfielder Daniel Borimirov
Midfielder Bontcho Genchev
Midfielder Ivailo Yordanov
Forward Georgi Donkov
Forward Nasko Sirakov
Forward Ivo Georgiev