Reporting 22 February 2024

Ludogorets lost the rematch with Servette

Ludogorets dropped off from the Conference League after 0:1 loss against Servette. It came about after Claude Gonsalves made an atypical mistake in...

Ludogorets dropped off from the Conference League after 0:1 loss against Servette. It came about after Claude Gonsalves made an atypical mistake in the 6th minute, in which the Portuguese led Konya alone against Padt and the Swiss player did not miss. The Eagles were the better team, but they made serious mistakes, and Maroons goalie Frick looked completely unstoppable.

The coach of the hosts, Georgi Dermendzhiev, bet on the same 11 that drew 0:0 in Geneva last week. At the goal was Sergio Padt, and in front of him was the checkered squad – Von Witry, Sonko Sundberg, Olivier Verdon and Son. Claude Gonsalves and Pedro Naressi were the inside midfielders, while just ahead of them was Jakub Piotrowski. Caio Vidal and Bernard Tekpetey were on the wings, and Kwadwo Duah led the attack. Rwan and Rick Jhonathan, who played very strongly against Cherno more, started on the bench.

After the goal, the Eagles pressed. In the 11th minute, Tekpetey broke from the right and returned very well to the edge of the penalty area, where Son was completely uncovered. He shoots with his right foot but inches from the goal. Then Tekpetey crossed from a corner to Sonko Sundberg, who tried but weakly. In the 20th minute, Tekpetey had an opportunity to shoot, but his shot was blocked. Shortly after, the Swiss made a dangerous counter-attack, which ended with Konya's shot going inches wide of Padt's right-hand post.

In the 28th minute, Kwadwo Duah could have scored against one of his former teams, but like Son's shot - the Swiss's also went inches wide of Frick's goal. Ludogorets continued to press, but the defense and the goalkeeper of Servette managed until the end of the first half.

The Eagles started the second half with enthusiasm, but again the most important thing was missing - the finishing shot. In the 49th minute, the hosts were close to scoring twice. After a cross from a corner, an unmarked Duah headed home, Frick cleared, and then Sonko Sundberg attempted a scissor shot that went straight into the keeper's hands. Just 120 seconds later, Caio Vidal would have headed in Sonko Sundberg's cross, but the Swiss keeper again shone with a save.

A highly offensive substitution followed by Georgi Dermendzhiev, who took out Claude Gonsalves and replaced him with striker Rwan. In the 70th minute, Ludogorets missed a golden chance. Caio Vidal was brought out almost alone against the Servette goalkeeper and would have gone to the ground, but the keeper cleared with one hand. Another unique pass by the home team followed. Caio Vidal broke into the penalty area and would, but somehow the keeper interfered again. In the end, Georgi Dermendzhiev played a total bank, putting his third attacker Matias Tissera in the game. However, the conditions were lacking and in the end Ludogorets dropped out. The people of Razgrad failed to repeat their achievement from 10 years ago, when they last played in the 1/8-final in Europe.

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Ludogorets - Servette 0:1
  • Ludogorets
    Wednesday, 24 April 2024, 18:45
    Cup of Bulgaria, 1/2 final
    Huvepharma Arena Stadium, Razgrad

League table Parva liga, 29th round
1. Ludogorets 72
2. Cherno more 61
3. CSKA-Sofia 60
4. Lokomotiv (Plovdiv) 54
5. Levski 51
6. CSKA 1948 42
7. Krumovgrad 41
8. Botev (Plovdiv) 41
9. Arda 39
10. Slavia 33
11. Beroe 33
12. Hebar 30
13. Pirin (Blagoevgrad) 29
14. Lokomotiv (Sofia) 28
15. Botev (Vratsa) 19
16. Etar (Veliko Tarnovo) 14

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