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Bulgaria would settle for a draw against weakened Netherlands

Bulgaria would settle for a draw against weakened Netherlands

Bulgaria would settle for a draw in its European Championship qualifier against the Netherlands on Saturday.
"We'll be looking for a victory but we'll not be disappointed with a draw either because it will keep our chances of making the finals alive," Bulgaria coach Hristo Stoitchkov said.
The Dutch go into the game without Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and Bayern Munich midfielder Mark van Bommel, who both refused to play under coach Marco van Basten.
The Netherlands top Group G with six points after victories against Belarus (3-0) and at Luxembourg (1-0).
Bulgaria is second with four points _ a 2-2 draw at Romania and a 3-0 win against Slovenia.
Stoitchkov was buoyed by top striker Dimitar Berbatov's recovery from a groin injury for Saturday's match in Sofia.
However, three key players are out with injuries _ defender Rosen Kirilov, midfielder Blagoi Georgiev and striker Svetoslav Todorov.
Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt will be the central striker for the Netherlands, flanked by Arjen Robben of Chelsea and Arsenal forward Robin van Persie.
Forwards Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of Ajax and Celtic's Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink are injured.
Hamburger SV midfielder Nigel de Jong is likely to replace Phillip Cocu, who has a torn thigh muscle.
Bulgaria next travels to Luxembourg, and the Netherlands hosts Albania on Wednesday.