aa0b7c191deea210VgnVCM100000e56411acRCRDapproved/thenational/Articles/Migration/2010-09Bulgarian coach resigns after home defeat9a0b7c191deea210VgnVCM100000e56411ac____Bulgarian coach resigns after home defeatLoss to Montenegro is the last straw as Slovakia stun Russia while Ibrahimovic scores twice as Sweden rout San Marino in Euro qualifiers.<p>Stanimir Stoilov, the Bulgaria coach, announced his resignation last night after the 1-0 home defeat by Montenegro in Euro 2012 Group G qualifying.
Stoilov had come in for heavy criticism from the media and fans in recent weeks, particularly after the 4-0 defeat by England on Friday, and last night's defeat proved to be the final straw.</p>
<p>"I wanted the team to get to the finals but it's obvious that after two defeats, one at home, it's going to be very difficult," Stoilov told reporters. "I've already informed the team and Bulgarian Football Union president [Borislav Mihaylov] of my decision."
Elsad Zverotic scored the winning goal with a long-range shot in the first half to give Montenegro a win that gives them maximum points from their first two games. Zverotic's shot from well outside the area in the 35th minute slid past goalie Nikolay Mihailov into the lower left corner of the net.</p>
<p>Bulgaria missed several good chances to equalise, including a header by Ivelin Nikolov and several long-range shots by Martin Petrov cleared by Mladen Bozovic, the goalie. The second consecutive loss will increase the pressure on coach Stanimir.
Meanwhile, a first-half strike by Miroslav Stoch after a goalkeeping blunder earned Slovakia a shock 1-0 win over Russia in their Euro 2012 qualifier last night.</p>
<p>The former Chelsea striker, who moved to Fenerbahce in the summer, capitalised on a bad mistake by Igor Akinfeyev, the Russia keeper, to fire the visitors ahead midway through the first half and against the run of play.
The usually reliable Akinfeyev gave the ball away just outside his penalty box and an unmarked Stoch calmly blasted into the top corner.
The Russians dominated against the defensive-minded Slovaks for much of the game but wasted numerous chances to salvage at least a point.</p>
<p>"This is a fantastic result for us as Russia are one of the best teams in Europe," Vladimir Weiss, the beaming Slovakia coach, said. "We have a young team but we're getting better with every day."
The win in Moscow gave Slovakia a perfect start in their qualifying campaign following a last-gasp 1-0 victory over Macedonia in Group B on Friday.
Russia, who scraped past lowly Andorra 2-0 in their opener, now face a tricky trip to Ireland next month.</p>
<p>Ten-man Sweden routed San Marino 6-0 yesterday. Olof Mellberg's 34th-minute sending off made no difference to the Scandinavian team, which was up 3-0 after 26 minutes and cruised to a comfortable victory. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the AC Milan striker, scored twice.
Belarus, who stunned France 1-0 in Paris on Friday, could not repeat that success and were held to a goalless draw at home by Romania in Group D.</p>
<p>Israel, who started their campaign with a 3-1 win over Malta in Group F last week, drew 0-0 in Georgia, who have now two points from their opening matches.
In the other early match in Group F, Latvia won 2-0 in Malta to gain their first points of the campaign. Goals from Kaspars Gorkss and Maris Verpakovskis were sufficient to secure the win.
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