Reporting 22 May 2024

Ludogorets lifts the 13th title after the classic against Loko (Plovdiv)

Ludogorets easily won against Loko Plovdiv with 3:0 in the match, after which the Eagles won their 13th Bulgarian title. Before the meeting, the...

Ludogorets easily won against Loko Plovdiv with 3:0 in the match, after which the Eagles won their 13th Bulgarian title. Before the meeting, the guests from Plovdiv demonstrated European behavior and made a backdrop for the champions. However, this did not appease the people of Razgrad, who scored 3 unanswered goals in the goal of the Smurfs. Above all was Rwan Cruz, who scored twice and now has 14 goals in the top flight, level with Alex Kolev at the top of the goalscoring charts. One goal was added by Kwadwo Duah, who already has 13 goals since the beginning of the season in the elite.

The coach of the hosts, Georgi Dermendzhiev, bet on all the best he has, with Sergio Padt returning in goal, who played instead of the young Plamen Pepelyashev. Only the suspended Bernard Tekpetey was absent.

The big news in Aleksandar Tomasz's squad was the return of Martin Lukov in goal. The former international has made his first appearance for the Smurfs since February 26, 2021. He was most recently part of Cypriot side Karmiotissa.

Ludogorets took the lead in the 9th minute. Rwan Cruz was accurate, he took the ball from Ivaylo Ivanov and with a very nice shot he didn't give chances to Martin Lukov. Just 2 minutes later, Rwan Cruz scored another goal. He received a wonderful cross from the right from Son and headed home his 14th goal of the season.

In the 25th minute, the other striker of Ludogorets - Kwadwo Duah, could have scored, but his technical heel kick did not find the target. The champions continued to press and shortly after Rick missed the goal from a clear position. Only after half an hour of play, Loko Plovdiv had a look at Padt's goal, but Martin Petkov's shot from a good position was not accurate. In the 33rd minute it was Kwadwo Duah's turn to score. The Eagles made a good attack from the right, as Rick found the Swiss and he did not leave any chances to Lukov - 3:0.

In the second half, Ludogorets slowed down. Still, in the 60th minute Rick could have scored, but Martin Lukov saved. Another Rick strike followed, this time for an out. In the 68th minute, Angel Lyaskov could have reduced, but with his right foot he would have gone over the goal. In the 76th minute, Lyaskov again found himself in a good position, but he was still not accurate.


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1. Levski 3
2. Botev (Plovdiv) 3
3. Spartak (Varna) 3
4. Beroe 3
5. Lokomotiv (Plovdiv) 3
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16. Lokomotiv (Sofia) 0

 
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