The Bulgarian football taem -- Trakia -- were beaten 2-1 by Stationery Stores of Lagos on Saturday (February 16th) in the first game of their five-match goodwill tour of Nigeria.
TGV Bulgaria kick off from left to right, Bulgarian attack broken up down right, midfield play down Nigerian left
GV Play on dge of Bulgarian penalty area
GV Bulgarian player races through and scores
GV Bulgarian players congratulate each other
GV Play in Bularian six yard area, goalkeeper punches clear. Nigerian volleys and ball out for corner
GV PAN Crowd
GV Nigerian takes penalty in second half and scores
Initials BB/2124 JT/PN/BB/2202
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Background: The Bulgarian football taem -- Trakia -- were beaten 2-1 by Stationery Stores of Lagos on Saturday (February 16th) in the first game of their five-match goodwill tour of Nigeria.
Trakia came to the match with a fearsome reputation because they had already beaten the leading Ghanaian sides, Hearts of Oak of Accra and Acotex.
Trakia kicked off, playing from left to right against Stores in an all-white strip. In the early stage, both sides tried hard to set up some attacking moves but seldom got inside the opposing penalty area. The in the 10th minute Trakia centre-forward Kamenev raced on to a pass, outpaced two defenders and put a hard shot to the right of the goalkeeper. But a few minutes later, Stores' centre forward Sanni Mohammed equalised.
The second was a fairly even struggle until a few minutes before the end Stores' Yomi Peters was fouled in the penalty area. Haruna Herika crashed home the penalty kick to give Stores a 2-1 victory. The crowd -- many of whom had travelled long distances to see one of Lagos' most publicised matches for a long time -- went wild with delight.