Ludogorets lost 1:3 to Slavia and failed to even the record for 36 matches without a loss. Prior to this game, Ludogorets had 35 consecutive wins before this game.
Ludogorets played at a slower pace during the first half, despite that Pavel Vrba included many of the main players. Krastev scored in the 13th minute and Popadiyn added a second goal in the 29th minute. Kirilov scored in the 45th minute. Meanwhile, Cicinho left the pitch after confronting a Slavia player.
Vrba let three of the Academy talents on the pitch – Budinov, Yordanov, and Petrov. They showed good skills and Ludogorets picked up their pace. A few situations in front of Renan’s gate followed, and Bitton eventually scored in the 75th minute. This was the third game in a row in which Bitton scores a goal. Despite the applied pressure on the competitor, Ludogorets failed to score another goal.
SLAVIA - LUDOGORETS 3:1
3:0 Kirilov (45' +1)
3:1 Bitton (74')
SLAVIA: Steriakis, Viyachki, Patev, Gamakov, Krastev, Bengyuzov, Popadiyn (66 – Tombak), Karabelyov, Stoev, Krastev, Kirilov
ЛУДОГОРЕЦ: Renan, Nedyalkov, Cicinho, Grigore, Terziev, Badji, Bakalov (47 – Budinov), Yusein (52 – Yordanov), Bitton, Wanderson, Swierczok (55 – Petrov)
Yellow cards: Bengyuzov, Stoev (Slavia); Badji, Bakalov (Ludogorets)
Red card: Cicinho (Ludogorets).