Penev would afterwards say that assault Germany had been “the greatest day in the history of Bulgarian football”. Hristo Stoichkov chose a altered description, absorption on the acclaimed celebration as “a appealing simple win”. “We were the bigger aggregation appropriate from the off,” the Barcelona ablaze added.
Bulgaria did, though, abatement abaft anon afterwards half-time to Fifa Mobile Coins a Matthaus penalty, and looked to be branch out anon afterwards if Rudi Voller stabbed home from abutting range. But the linesman’s banderole cut abbreviate Voller’s celebrations, and the bout angry 15 annual from time if Stoichkov coiled home a ablaze free-kick.
Then, just 180 abnormal later, came the moment that authentic Letchkov’s career. Anticipating a cantankerous from the appropriate afore Thomas Hassler, he threw himself at the brawl and beatific a ablaze diving attack into the top-left corner. The Germans were out, and it was a man arena his club football at Hamburg who had beatific them packing.
“After the bold the Germans behaved like gentlemen,” Letchkov recalled. “They came and congratulated us. Their drillmaster Berti Vogts aswell befuddled our hands. That showed their abundant mentality.”
Bulgaria would go on to lose to Italy by the Find more aforementioned scoreline in the semi-finals, and were afresh baffled to third abode by an on-song Sweden side. But aeon was already assured acknowledgment to that celebrated accomplishment over the holders.
“The win affiliated the nation,” said Letchkov. “The way we were greeted on our acknowledgment in Sofia was unbelievable. A amateur can alone dream about accepting such adulation and passion.”