Bulgaria suffered a 6-0 defeat in the from England in Sofia on Monday night, during their Euro 2020 qualifier match.
However, scenes of racism that caused the first half to be stopped twice, and overshadowed two goals each from Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley.
Seeing the the three Lions started swiftly and took the lead early on thanks to a great individual goal from Marcus Rashford.
Another returning man Barkley then doubled England’s lead after some great play from Harry Kane and Sterling, with the Chelsea man tapping in from close range.
However, the initial warning over the racism remarks didn’t seem to make any difference, as the game was stopped for a second time with disgusting abuse continuing to be hurled at the England players.
As the game resumed once again, England added a fourth when Sterling put the ball into an empty net following a square ball from Kane. This was the last major piece of action of a first half that was dominated by anything but football.
The game was then paused for several minutes following apparent racist abuse from sections of the home support at England’s black players including debutant Tyrone Mings. Following an announcement around the stadium as part of UEFA’s protocols, the game continued.
By the 30th minute mark, England were already home and cruising when Barkley headed home after a delicious cross from striker-turned-playmaker Kane. The game was seemingly over already.
After a slow restart, Sterling slotted home on the 70-the minute mark when one-on-one with the keeper after yet another pass from Kane.
The England captain got his reward for a fantastic performance, as he grabbed the sixth goal of the game with an emphatic finish with his left foot into the near post.
The game ultimately finished 6-0 but will be long remembered for the events off the pitch.
While the England players did not walk off the pitch, their grace under the circumstances can be a major source of pride for fans.
The FA have already called for a UEFA investigation into the affair.
Source: 90 Mins