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    France, needing a decisive victory by at least four clear goals to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the European Soccer Championships, were edged out of the competition by a spirited Bulgarian team in Sofia on Saturday (December 4th).

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    France, needing a decisive victory by at least four clear goals to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the European Soccer Championships, were edged out of the competition by a spirited Bulgarian team in Sofia on Saturday (December 4th).

    After a goalless first half, Bulgaria went ahead two minutes after the interval, when Zhekov scored direct from a free-kick with a powerful derive. Eight minutes from the end Michailov added a second. And though the French pulled back a consolation goal, they were unable to draw level. As a result, France were unable to overtake Hungary to qualify for the quarter finals.

    SYNOPSIS: In Sofia, Bulgaria -- playing right to left -- met France on Saturday in a vital match in group two of the European Soccer Championship. France needed a victory by at least four clear goals to edge ahead of Hungary on goal average and win a place in the quarter finals. But the Bulgarians were no walkover, and they were determined to avenge a two-one defeat by France in Nantes last month.

    Despite the French need for an early breakthrough, they simply could not find the scoring touch. In fact, the crowd of ten-thousand spread sparsely over the Vassil Levski stadium saw the Bulgarians do most of the attacking.

    There was still no score when Bulgaria kicked off the second half and they soon had the French goal under pressure.

    Two minutes after the internal, the French gave away a free kick and Zhekov opened the scoring for Bulgaria with a full-blooded drive.

    Eight minutes from time, Michailov put the home side two goals ahead. It was the three-hundred and fiftieth goal scored by the Bulgarians in international soccer. Though some desperate French counter attacks produced a consolation goal, their chance of a quarter final place had disappeared. So Hungary, unchallenged leaders of group two, go forward to the next stage of the competition.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA44M58RKNPV5J3VYTMSUKUTRNR
    Media URN:
    VLVA44M58RKNPV5J3VYTMSUKUTRNR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/12/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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