Bulgaria holds Czech Republic to 0-0 draw

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PRAGUE (AP) -The Czech Republic was held to a 0-0 draw by visiting Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

It was for the first time Bulgaria had gained a point against the Czechs in four matches.

Bulgaria has six points from four matches in Group B, while the Czechs have five points after three games.

The hosts were badly missing the creativity of injured captain Tomas Rosicky and were regularly unable to pierce Bulgaria's tight defense.

Tomas Sivok and Petr Jiracek wasted scoring opportunities for the Czechs, both missing the goal with headers from close range.

At the other end, Nikolay Bodurov headed just wide just before the break and Georgi Milanov missed a second-half chance.

The Czechs next host Denmark and Bulgaria plays Malta on March 22.

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