Scots smash Bulgaria
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Two Scotland debutants scored twice, to give the country a 5-1 victory over Bulgaria.
Two Scotland debutants scored a double, to give Scotland a comfortable 5-1 victory over Bulgaria in the Kirin Cup
Rangers striker Kris Boyd and attacking midfielder Chris Burke both made dream debuts as they grabbed two goals against quality international opposition.
Boyd finished confidently twice in the first half to stake his claim for a starting place in the Scotland line-up before James McFadden came on to score the Scots' third.
Burke meanwhile, came on with 15 minutes of the game left and rounded a superb Scottish performance with two superbly taken goals.
Bulgaria began the match brightly, coming off the back of a 2-1 victory over hosts Japan, but it was Darren Fletcher who created the first meaningful opening. His ball into the box dissected the Bulgarian defence to find Boyd. The Rangers man took the ball in his stride and smashed in a dream goal on his debut to make it 1-0 to Scotland.
Bulgarian captain Martin Petrov looked dangerous, but his freekick on 23 minutes was comfortably saved by goalkeeper Neil Alexander.
Svetoslav Todorov capitalised on a mix up in the Scots' penalty area on 25 minutes, when his cushioned pass left the Scottish defence flat footed. The ball fell to Yordan Todorov, to calmly place the ball into the net and equalise for Bulgaria.
A ball into the box from Graeme Murty found Gary Teale in the box, late in the half, and Teale's ball was deflected by Bulgarian keeper Stoyan Kolev. Russell Anderson had a snapshot saved, but the ball broke to Boyd for the debutant to score his second international goal and make the score 2-1.
The ever dangerous Petrov had a viciously struck freekick saved on half-time, as Walter Smith's side went in 2-1 up.
Fletcher got the second half underway with a beautifully struck half-volley, but his effort went just over the bar.
McFadden came on to replace Boyd in the 52nd minute, with the Rangers man denied a chance to score a hat-trick on his debut.
Bulgaria's best moment came in the 59th minute when a goalmouth scramble saw Elin Topuzakov hit the ball past Alexander, but defender Gary Caldwell got back to head the effort off the line.
And McFadden earned his cap as he capitalised on an inviting Teale ball into the near post. The Everton man stretched to get in front of his defender and poke the ball home to make it 3-1.
He then had a superb whipped freekick from just outside the box, rebound of the bar before Rangers' second debutant Chris Burke came on to replace Teale.
And with his first touch he rounded of a quality team move with instantaneous control on his chest and a flicked volley into the right hand corner to give Scotland a 4-1 lead.
In the 87th minute, a lively McFadden set up Ian Murray in the box on the edge of the six yard box. Murray missed his shot, but it fell to Burke to score his second of the game and cap a dream result and performance for Walter Smith's side.
The Scots now top the group, and play hosts Japan in the next round on Saturday.
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