Ludogorets was not able to defeat Slavia at ‘Vassil Levski’ stadium and is five points behind the leader in the overall championship rating. The champions’ team composition featured players who are not resident.
Paulo Autuori included replacement players in the composition because he wanted his main players in top condition for the game against Torpedo on Thursday. Only three of the players who took part in the previous game in Tbilisi were resident in this game – Broun, Nedyalkov and Campanharo. Swierczok also started the game as a resident player for the first time in the last five games. Marcelinho, Moti and Wanderson were not included. Dyakov, Misidjan and Keseru were replacements.
In the first few minutes the guest team was in possession of the ball, but nothing happened in front of Petkov’s gate. Swierczok received the ball from Paulo, but missed his attempt to score. Shokolarov sent the ball above the crossbar after Velkovski passed it to him. The pace gradually slowed down and there were no goals until the end of the first half.
Slavia were active in the second half, but there were no situations in front of Broun. Paulo kicked the ball hard from the foul point in the 55th minute, but Petkov kicked the ball into the corner. Ivanov tried to score seven minutes later with his left foot, but the ball went above the gate. Slavia had their biggest chance in the 70th minute. Ivanov initiated a counter attack and after he ran for 30 meters, the ball went to Shokolarov. The ex-Ludogorets player tried to score, but Broun saved.
In the last twenty minutes everything happened in front of Petkov, but there were no real situations. The keeper was stalling through the last few minutes, and he received the yellow card he usually gets for it.
SLAVIA (SOFIA) - LUDOGORETS 0:0
Slavia: Petkov, Aleksandrov, Hristov, Uzunov, Ivanov (90+4 – Burov), Yomov (85 – Peshov), Velkovski, Gamakov, Angelov (80 – Chuchunkov), Shokolarov, Karabelyov
Ludogorets: Broun, Nedyalkov (58 – Natanael), Terziev, Forster, Panov, Campanharo, Goralski, Paulo, Bakalov (79 – Misidjan), Lukoki, Swierczok (75 – Keseru)
Yellow cards: Velkovski, Uzunov, Shokolarov, Ivanov, Petkov (Slavia); Lukoki (Ludogorets).