At Hamburg's new Volkspark Stadium on Saturday (12 May), the West German soccer team defeated Bulgaria 3-0.
At Hamburg's new Volkspark Stadium on Saturday (12 May), the West German soccer team defeated Bulgaria 3-0. All three goals came in the first half.
A forty-thousand crowd saw an impressive first half display by the West Germans -- demonstrating just why they are favourites to win the 1974 World Cup.
Against a slow Bulgarian side they dominated in all departments of the game during the first half, but failed to maintain the onslaught for the remaining forty five minutes. And in fact, in the second half Bulgarian substitute Dermendyev, coming on for Denev, drew applause from the crowd when his shot at goal hit the post after having eluded the West German defence.
Germany's first goal came after 18 minutes. Captain Franz Backenbeue struck a free kick hard and low at the Bulgarian goal, however, the ball caught Bulgarian defender Kolov and was deflected into the top right hand corner of the not.
Four minutes later midfield-man Bernd Cullmann after working with Breitners broke through the Bulgarian defence and placed the ballout of the golkeeper's reach in the left-hand corner of the goal.
West Germany's third goal resulted from a mistake by the Bulgarian goalkeeper Jordanov, who was later substituted by Goranov. In the thirty first minute West German striker Irwin Kremer took an in swinging corner which the Bulgarian goalkeeper, under pressure, punched into his own net. The goal was credited to Kremer.
The last time the teams met was in the final stages of the 1972 World Cup in Mexico, at Leon, when West Germany also won by a three goal margin, the score being 5-2.
The match was the first to take place in the Volkspark Stadium, since it was totally rebuilt in preparation for the finals of the World Cup taking place in West Germany in the summer of 1974. Work on the stadium, which began in April 1970, cost an estimated fifteen million Deutschmark (GBP2,100,000.) The stadium now ha a capacity of 60,000 (as compared to 72,000 previously) of whom 26,000 are seated -- 18,000 under cover.