Kiril Despodov scored a hat trick in Ivaylo Petev's re-debut as the head of Ludogorets and the Eagles had a hard time beating Cherno more 3:2. Ismail Isa scored two goals for the Varna team, but in the end Despodov's three goals brought smiles back to Razgrad team.
Black Sea shocked the champions in the 8th minute. Then the "Sailors" made a very good and quick attack from the right, passing through Viktor Popov, Mazi Sula and Alex Fernandez, who passed to Ismail Isa and he with a very nice shot did not leave any chances to Sergio Padt. Alex Fernandez then tried his sights but Padt saved this time.
In the 13th minute, the crossbar saved Cherno more. Todor Nedelev adjusted the ball and shot with his left foot, he overcame the goalkeeper Ivan Dyulgerov, but not the crossbar. Another good attack by Ludogorets followed. Nedelev returned for Despodov, who, however, was unable to hit the goal. The home team's pressure paid off and Ludogorets equalized in the 20th minute. Todor Nedelev made a good pass for Igor Thiago, he found Kiril Despodov, who feinted Tsvetomir Panov with his body and with a strong shot left no chance for Ivan Dyulgerov - 1:1. In the 32nd minute, Pipa broke well from the right and passed on the ground for Dominik Yankov. He shoots on the move, but Viktor Popov blocks it well and the ball goes out.
However, Cherno more prepared Ludogorets in the 35th minute. After a very quick counterattack, picked up by Alexander Vasilev, the ball reached Alex Fernandez, who with an excellent pass found the uncovered Ismail Isa and he easily beat Sergio Padt - 2:1 for the Varna team.
In the 51st minute, Ludogorets was very close to equalizing. Pipa crossed beautifully from the right to Naressi. He headed an excellent shot, but Ivan Dyulgerov saved. Another dangerous attack from Cherno more followed, finished off by Mazi Sula's strike. The hosts then made a big miss. After a cross from a corner by Despodov, the ball reached Franco Russo and then Jakub Piotrowski, who did the more difficult thing and missed the goal. After an hour of play, Kiril Despodov crossed well from the right, Igor Thiago headed in, but inaccurately. In the 66th minute, Ivaylo Petev received new bad news. During a break through the middle of the field, Dominik Yankov was injured and was unable to continue the game.
In the 73rd minute Ludogorets received a penalty. Spas Delev was stepped on in the penalty area by Vasil Panayotov. The captain of the "Sailors" received a second yellow card. The penalty was executed by Kiril Despodov who sent Ivan Dyulgerov into the other corner for 2:2.
In the 83rd minute Despodov crossed well from a foul to Franco Russo. He shoots with his head to the out. Shortly after, Cherno more teammates Zhivko Atanasov and Ivan Duylgerov collided badly on the head after Igor Thiago's cross. The goalkeeper had to be replaced by Georgi Georgiev. In the first minute of extra time, Kiril Despodov executed a wonderful direct free kick that caught Georgi Georgiev, who came in seconds earlier, off guard - 3:2 for Ludogorets and a hat trick for Bulgaria's Footballer No. 1.