Reporting 5 November 2023

Duah again brings a win for Ludogorets

Ludogorets beat Krumovgrad with the minimum 1:0 in a match of the 16th round of the efbet League. With the three points won, the champions climbed to...

Ludogorets beat Krumovgrad with the minimum 1:0 in a match of the 16th round of the efbet League. With the three points won, the champions climbed to the first place in the temporary ranking, ahead of the teams of CSKA, Cherno More and Lokomotiv Plovdiv. This is the third consecutive win of the Eagles under the leadership of Georgi Dermendzhiev in the championship. Kwadwo Duah scored the only goal in the first half. This is how he decided the second match in a row, after three days ago he scored two in the 2:0 victory over Slavia. After the break, Olivier Verdon also scored for the visitors, but the goal was disallowed due to an offside.

The match at Huvepharma Arena started with a territorial advantage for the hosts, who had a hard time finding clear positions in front of Blagoi Makendzhiev's goal. The Eagles' pressure did pay off in the 16th minute when Kwadwo Duah scored. After another switch from Caio Vidal on the left, the ball was centered in the penalty area, where Bozhidar Katsarov played a header and deflected it into the path of Spas Delev at the far post. The attacking player of the home team immediately combined with Kwadwo Duah in front of the goal line with a header, and the striker easily scored. Initially, the side judge called an offside, and his decision was respected by the head referee. However, after reviewing the situation with VAR, it became clear that there was a clear error on the part of the refereeing team, and in the end the goal was correctly counted.

The second half started with pressure from Ludogorets. Georgi Dermendzhiev's footballers settled permanently in their opponent's half and got to several corners, with which they did not trouble Blagoi Makendzhiev. The visitors' goalkeeper himself was very close to complicating his situation on the field in the 52nd minute. The ball was cut back to Macendbuev, who failed to clear well and sent it into the path of Caio Vidal. The attacking football player of Ludogorets decided to shoot with his head immediately, but his shot did not succeed and the guard of Krumovgrad stipulated. In the 59th minute of the meeting, Jakub Piotrowski and Bernard Tekpetey appeared in the game for Ludogorets, and this significantly moved the game of the hosts. Just two minutes after coming on, Tekpetey had an opportunity to shoot after Piotrowski's pass, but his diagonal shot was saved by Makendzhiev.

In the 64th minute, Gonsalves found Son excellently on the right flank, the defender controlled and immediately found the uncovered Tekpetey in the penalty area. The striker shoots hard, but in the reach of the goalkeeper, who deflects it. A little later, Ludogorets scored a second goal in the match, which was disallowed due to an offside. Bernard Tekpetey crossed at the near post where Nedyalkov was able to deflect it to Kwadwo Duah. After the striker's shot, the ball hit the left side post and ended up in Verdon, who shot just right and converted. However, with Nedyalkov's pass to Duah, the striker found himself behind the visitors' defense. The situation was discussed at length with VAR and in the end the goal was disallowed.

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League table Parva liga, 21st round
1. Ludogorets 45
2. Cherno more 45
3. CSKA-Sofia 45
4. Lokomotiv (Plovdiv) 41
5. Levski 38
6. CSKA 1948 36
7. Arda 31
8. Botev (Plovdiv) 29
9. Krumovgrad 27
10. Beroe 25
11. Slavia 24
12. Lokomotiv (Sofia) 22
13. Hebar 20
14. Pirin (Blagoevgrad) 16
15. Botev (Vratsa) 13
16. Etar (Veliko Tarnovo) 10

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