Stoichkov Inspires Bulgaria in World Cup Shock Result from 1994



Hristo Stoichkov scores a great freekick as Bulgaria shock Germany in the World Cup of 1994 at Giants Stadium in New Jersey.

Everything was going according to plan for the Germans, leading through a Lothar  Matthäus penalty early in the second half of this World Cup quarter final.

But with just 15 minutes left Stoichkov stepped up and curled home this tremendous freekick to level the game. Three minutes later Bodo Illgner was picking the ball out of the net again after being beaten by the bald head of Yordan Letchkov and his now famous diving header.

It finished 2-1 and against the odds it was Bulgaria and not the World Champion Germans who were in the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Stoichkov scored again in the semi-final, but by that stage Roberto Baggio had already put the Italians two-up with a brace midway through the first half and they held on to make the final, while the Bulgarians would go on to lose the third place match to Sweden.

Stoichkov was one of the stars of that World Cup, a brooding, moody figure whose talent led to a move to Barcelona.


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