Reporting 30 April 2023

Igor Thiago knocked out CSKA

Ludogorets forged an extremely valuable win for "Bulgarian Army"! The 1-0 win brought in Igor Thiago and it put the Eagles top with one point. The...

Ludogorets forged an extremely valuable win for "Bulgarian Army"! The 1-0 win brought in Igor Thiago and it put the Eagles top with one point. The match was interrupted for about 20 minutes in the second half, as the home fans did not allow Kiril Despodov to take a corner.

The coach of the visitors, Ivaylo Petev, brought back Sergio Padt, Olivier Verdon, Franco Russo and Igor Thiago among the starters. Spas Delev was a winger and Gustavo Nonato started as a playmaker.

Ludogorets started more inspired, but clear goalscoring chances in front of Gustavo Bustato were lacking. Marcelino Carreaso's yellow card raised the stakes, but gradually the situation calmed down. CSKA exploded with two chances in seconds in the 28th minute. First Turitsov found Nazon, who broke free and shot, but very inaccurately. The ball went to Vion who crossed, two Eagles defenders comically missed the ball and it ended up in a completely uncovered Brian Moreno. He didn't hit the door.

At the beginning of the second part, Georgi Kabakov made a serious mistake. He called a foul and did not leave an advantage where there were three Ludogorets players against one CSKA defender. The Plovdiv referee gave a yellow card to Enes Mahmutovic. In the 66th minute, Heinz took away from Gonsalves in the middle of the field and went to ground, but did not trouble Sergio Padt.

15 seconds before the 67th minute, Kiril Despodov had to take a corner. However, this could not happen, because the captain of the Eagles was targeted with all kinds of objects. Georgi Kabakov had to take the Ludogorets players home for a few minutes to calm the passions. After about 20 minutes, the match was restarted and the timer was reset to the 67th minute. Just a few seconds later, Igor Thiago put Ludogorets ahead. After a cross from a corner, a new corner was reached. In his performance, Kiril Despodov made a wonderful cross for Igor Thiago, he outran Amos Yuga and from close range left no chance for Busato - 1:0.

CSKA could have equalized in the 73rd minute. Substitute Mauricio Garces then found himself in a great position and would have scored, but Sergio Padt showed his class and kicked the ball over. Ludogorets responded with a good breakthrough to Kiril Despodov on the right wing, which ended with an inaccurate shot by the visiting star. Until the end, Ludogorets played steadily and did not allow serious dangers in front of Padt.

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CSKA - Ludogorets 0:1
League table Parva liga, 34th round
1. Ludogorets 79
2. Cherno more 69
3. CSKA-Sofia 67
4. Levski 58
5. Lokomotiv (Plovdiv) 55
6. Krumovgrad 49


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