Cyprus will host Bulgaria in an international friendly at the AEK Arena on Wednesday evening. Both sides have not qualified for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar, as the hosts finished fifth in Group H of the UEFA qualifiers, while Bulgaria only managed to finish fourth in Group C. Meanwhile, both nations were involved in the League of Nations. In the September fixture, Cyprus lost 5–1 to Kosovo, while the visitors won 1–0 over North Macedonia.
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Both the countries will be playing their first match after completing a disappointing campaign in the UEFA Nations League. Cyprus finished bottom of League C Group 2, while Lions managed a second-place finish in League C Group 4, which was not enough to earn promotion. Cyprus’ last outing against Kosova ended in a 5–1 defeat despite the fact that Valentin Roberts got on the scoresheet. Earlier, Temuri Ketsbaia’s side beat Greece 1-0 with an early goal from Merinos Tzionis. On the other hand, Bulgaria defeated North Macedonia on 27 September thanks to a 50th-minute goal by Kirill Despodić. The Lions will face Luxembourg in a friendly on 20 November before starting Euro 2024 qualifiers against Montenegro at the end of March. Bulgaria is drawn in Group G alongside Hungary, Lithuania, Serbia and Montenegro.
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Cyprus probable starting lineup: Panagi, Andreou, Katelaris, Robertage, Laifis, Kyriakou, Gogik, Loizou, Kastanos, Efrem, Kakoulis
Bulgaria Possible starting lineup: Maumov, Nedyalkov, Antonov, Galabov, Turitsov, Gruev, Karabelev, Petkov, Iliev, Kirillov, Despodov
|Northern Ireland||2-2 (D)|
|Northern Ireland||0-0 (D)|
face to face
|Results of last 5 matches|
|Cyprus 1-1 Bulgaria|
|Bulgaria 2-1 Cyprus|
|Bulgaria 1-0 Cyprus|
|Cyprus 0-1 Bulgaria|
|Cyprus 4-1 Bulgaria|
Cyprus vs Bulgaria Live Schedule & Fixtures
The international friendly match between Cyprus and Bulgaria will take place on Wednesday at 10:30 PM IST at AEK ARENA.
|Cyprus vs Bulgaria||key details|
|Kickoff Time in Cyprus||7:00 pm|
|Kickoff Time in Bulgaria||7:00 pm|
Where to watch Cyprus vs Bulgaria?
For football fans in Cyprus, the live broadcast of the match will be available on RIK 2. Meanwhile, Bulgarians can follow the live action via the BNT News app, BNT.BG and BNT3.