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Last Updated: Friday, 21 May, 2004, 12:05 GMT 13:05 UK
How they qualified: Bulgaria
Long gone were the names of Stoichkov, Letchkov and Mihailov but Bulgaria's youngsters qualified in style by topping Group Eight.

BULGARIA'S ROUTE TO EURO 2004
Bulgaria's Stilian Petrov
Results
07.09.02: Belgium (a) 2-0
12.10.02: Croatia (h) 2-0
16.10.02: Andorra (h) 2-1
02.04.03: Estonia (a) 0-0
07.06.03: Belgium (h) 2-2
06.09.03: Estonia (h) 2-0
10.09.03: Andorra (a) 3-0
11.10.03: Croatia (a) 0-1

Coach Plamen Markov saw his team get off to a great start with two big wins over their main rivals Belgium and Croatia.

Celtic's Stilian Petrov had scored a goal in both games as the Bulgarians topped Group Eight.

They made it three wins out of three with victory over Andorra.

Bulgaria had to wait six months before their April fixture away to Estonia.

The home side were tough opposition as the Bulgarians were forced to settle for a stalemate.

Another draw at home to Belgium put Croatia within touching distant of top spot.

A 2-0 win against Estonia in September meant that succes over Andorra and Croatia losing in Belgium would hand the Bulgarians a place at Euro 2004.

Bulgaria beat Andorra 3-0 with two goals coming from Dimtar Berbatov and Marian Hristov grabbing the other.

Belgium beat Croatia, which meant that a final qualifier defeat to the Croats was of little detriment to the jubilant Bulgarians.

GROUP EIGHT TABLE
Team P W D L GF GAPts
Bulgaria 8 5 2 1 13 4 17
Croatia 8 5 1 2 12 4 16
Belgium 8 5 1 2 11 9 16
Estonia 8 2 2 4 4 6 8
Andorra 8 0 0 8 1 18 0





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