Serbia beats Bulgaria 1-0 in friendly in Sofia

Nikola Zigic scored a late goal Wednesday to lead Serbia to a

1-0 win at Bulgaria in a friendly.

The 2.02-meter (6-foot-7 1/2) forward was at the edge of the box

when he received a long pass and fired past the goalkeeper in the

80th minute.

Bulgaria dominated most of the game but couldn’t avenge its

humiliating 6-1 loss to Serbia in a friendly two years ago.

The best opportunity for the home side came when Parma striker

Valeri Bojinov shot wide in the 29th minute after taking advantage

of a mistake by defender Adem Ljajic.

Several long-range shots by Bulgarian pair Hristo Yanev and

Ivelin Popov were saved by goalkeeper Bojan Jorgacevic.

Serbia was without injured midfielders Milos Krasic of Juventus

and Zdravko Kuzmanovic of Stuttgart.

Serbia coach Vladimir Petrovic also left out Liverpool forward

Milan Jovanovic and Inter Milan midfielder Dejan Stankovic, instead

fielding several new players ahead of the 2012 European

Championship qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Estonia next

year.

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Lineups:

Bulgaria: Nikolay Mihaylov, Ivan Ivanov, Zhivko Milanov (Nikolay

Bodurov, 65), Yordan Miliev, Petar Zanev, Hristo Yanev, Stanislav

Genchev, Dimitar Rangelov (Nikolay Dimitrov, 30), Ivelin Popov,

Martin Petrov (Vladimir Gadzhev, 65), Valeri Bojinov (Dimitar

Makriev, 53).

Serbia: Bojan Jorgacevic, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Vidic

(Slobodan Rajkovic, 66), Neven Subotic, Aleksandar Kolarov, Nenad

Milijas (Veseljko Trivunovic, 66), Radosav Petrovic (Ivan

Radovanovic, 46), Marko Miric (Miralem Sulejmani, 74), Zoran Tosic,

Adem Ljajic (Pavle Ninkov, 85), Dragan Mrdja (Nikola Zigic,

46).