Mexico drew One-All with Bulgaria in a friendly soccer match at the Aztec Stadium in Mexico City on Sunday (February 15th).
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Background: Mexico drew One-All with Bulgaria in a friendly soccer match at the Aztec Stadium in Mexico City on Sunday (February 15th).
Mexico, host nation for the 1970 World Cup, attacked from the start of the game. They were the first to score when right winger Isidoro Diaz (No.7) netted in the 8th minute.
The Mexican Eleven was in command of the game for most of the first half, but their forwards missed a number of opportunities to increase the lead. The hard-working Bulgarian defence came in for praise. At half time the score was Mexico one, Bulgaria nil.
It was a different story in the second half, when Bulgaria had more of the play. The Mexicans appeared to tire -- a situation their manager tried to overcome by replacing several team members with substitutes. Bulgaria scored a deserved equaliser in the 85rd minute of the game through Asparouk Nikodimow (No. 16).
Both teams piled on the pressure in the closing minutes of the game as they went all-out for the winning goal. However, at the final whistle the score remained at one-all.
Although this was a friendly match, both Mexico and Bulgaria will be playing in World Cup matches between May 31st and June 21st this year -- but they will be in different groups. Mexico will be in group one, which also includes the Soviet Union, Belgium and El Salvador. Bulgaria play in group four, where they meet West Germany, Peru and Morocco. Most soccer writers expect both Mexico and Bulgaria to be eliminated in the quarter-finals.
After the friendly match the Bulgarian coach, Stefan Boskow, said he was happy with the result. He said his team had no difficulty acclimatising to Mexico City's high altitude, because his team had trained at 6,000 feet altitude in preparation for the World Cup. He added that after 12 to 14 days of training at this height, athletes were in as good physical condition as those born at this altitude.
Mr. Boskow named England and West Germany as the two sides he considered the biggest threats to his team in the competition.
The World Cup final will be played at the Aztec Stadium June 21st. The stadium can seat 110,000.