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Italy held to 2-2 draw in Bulgaria

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(AP) -- A late equalizer from striker Eder on debut rescued a 2-2 draw for Italy at Bulgaria in European Championship qualifying, although the Azzurri dropped two points behind Croatia in Group H on Saturday.

Italy took the lead with an own goal from Yordan Minev, but Bulgaria struck back with scores by Ivelin Popov and Ilian Micanski in the opening 17 minutes.

In the 84th, Brazilian-born Eder controlled well just beyond the area, spun around his marker, and curled a shot into the far corner.

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