Ludogorets drew 2:2 with CSKA 1948 in a tough match played on the hard pitch in Bistrica. Thus, two rounds before the end of the season, the team from "Bulgarian Army" leads by one point in front of the Eagles. The hosts took revenge on the Razgrad team for the lost final for the Bulgarian Cup on Wednesday with 1:3. It is curious that during the season the Greens failed to break CSKA 1948 in the championship after 3 draws - twice 2:2 and 1:1 in Razgrad.
Ivaylo Petev had changed the places of two of his players unlike the final. Sergio Padt was in goal at the expense of Simon Sluga, who mainly guards for the Bulgarian Cup, and Claude Gonsalves replaced Pedro Naressi.
In the 10th minute, Ludogorets made the first shot, the work of Caio Vidal, but it was not accurate. Five minutes later, the Brazilian shot again, and this time luck covered Daniel Naumov. On the other side, Ivaylo Chochev was twice in position, but was unable to strike. In the 23rd minute, the visitors created their first clean chance. Caio Vidal gave a good pass to Tekpetey, who entered from the second position, who crossed Daniel Naumov, but did not hit the outline. In the 38th minute, Igor Thiago shone, breaking free from two CSKA 1948 defenders, but the corner was cut short and Naumov reacted. In the counterattack, Georgi Rusev broke well from the right and shot, but Sergio Padt was in his place. The last opportunity of the first half was again in front of Daniel Naumov's goal, but his shot from about 25 meters went over the crossbar.
Ludogorets started the second part with a bang. Already in the 47th minute, after a quick foul in the Razgrad half, Bernard Tekpetey passed to Caio Vidal, who found Manuel Shaw, who in turn made a wonderful pass to Spas Delev, who broke through the center and with his left foot on the ground did not left chances to Daniel Naumov - 1:0 for the Eagles.
After the goal, CSKA boldly went forward and equalized. The goal was scored by Pedrinho. Alex Kolev passed for Georgi Rusev, who diverted for the Brazilian and he did not forgive Sergio Padt with his left foot. However, the "red" joy was very short-lived and in the 62nd minute, Kiril Despodov put the champions ahead again. Steve Furtado made a mistake, the ball ended up in Manuel Shaw, who passed to Spas Delev. This time, the experienced footballer took on the role of assistant and led Kiril Despodov, who slipped the ball between Daniel Naumov's legs - 2:1 for Ludogorets. However, the goalkeeper got injured during the goal and was replaced by Gennadiy Ganev. It is not yet clear how long Naumov will be out of action. In the 71st minute, Despodov shot well from a free kick, but the reserve guard of CSKA 1948 knocked it out.
Five minutes before the end of the match, Alex Kolev could have equalized with a header, but Sergio Padt was in his place and kicked.
However, there was nothing to save the Eagles in the 86th minute. Then Ivaylo Chochev with his 21st goal since the beginning of the season. Radi Kirilov took the ball to him and with an elegant shot with his left foot, left no chance for Sergio Padt - 2:2.