Reporting 22 July 2023

Ludogorets won against Etar 5:0

Ludogorets won against Etar 5:0 in a match of the second round of the efbet League and recorded its first win in the home championship. The champions...

Ludogorets won against Etar 5:0 in a match of the second round of the efbet League and recorded its first win in the home championship. The champions showed their stronger side from the second leg against Kosovo's Ballkani in the Champions League. The match was significant, as two new players - Kwadwo Duah and Son - made their debut in it. The first even missed a penalty. Rick Jhonathan returned to the game after eight months.

From the very beginning, Ludogorets took over the field. After several crosses in the penalty area, there was no serious danger in front of Martin Velichkov's net. Bernard Tekpetey broke well down the left and crossed into the penalty zone. The goalkeeper of Veliko Tarnovo got away with the ball, but the defenders managed it. In the 13th minute, Ludogorets had a very good chance to take the lead. Plamen Dimov stood in the way of the ball twice and blocked shots from Tekpetey and Dominik Yankov. Shortly after, Tekpetey shot into the ground from a considerable distance. The ball was aimed very well in the lower left corner of the goal, but Martin Velichkov was able to react and hit a corner kick. Etar answered with the first accurate shot in the 17th minute. However, Sergio Padt was careful and saved the ball. In the counterattack, the hosts took the lead. Aslack von Witry was given free space. He got ahead with the ball and tried a solid shot. The powerful shot hit just under the crossbar, and Velichkov had no chance to save - 1:0.

In the middle of the first part the Eagles could have doubled their lead. Aslack von Witry broke down the flank and looked for Kwadwo Duah. The attacker tried to score, but the ball went inches past the left side of the visitors' goal. In the 37th minute Etar was left with a man less after Georgi Angelov received a straight red card. Tekpetey was brought out with a long pass behind the visitors' defence. He took control of his chest and headed for the penalty area. However, Angelov detained him. Since he was last in the defense, Volen Chinkov immediately sent him to the locker room. There were suspicions of an offside on Tekpetey, but VAR found that the attacking player was in a regular position. Etar finally remained with 10 people on the field. Kwadwo Duah took the direct free kick but missed the goal from a good position. Shortly before the end of the first 45 minutes, Marcel Heister shot dangerously from distance. The ball rolled inches past the goal.

Less than 20 seconds had passed since the start of the second half of the game when Ludogorets scored a second goal. Martin Moran lost the ball in the center of the pitch. Dominik Yankov took control and shot a solo. He overcame Georgi Alexandrov and sent the ball into the net with a precise diagonal shot on the ground. Etar totally capitulated in the 48th minute as the champions made the result a classic 3:0. Tekpetey and Son played out. The second centered sharply on the ground. A defender stood in the way of the ball reaching Tekpetey. At close range he couldn't miss. No chances for Velichkov. Seconds later, Ludogorets was given the right to take a penalty for handball. Son was unmarked at the far post and headed in a cross from a corner kick. The ball hit the hand of an Etar defender. Duah took pride in the performance and hit the crossbar.

In the 58th minute, the hosts scored a fourth goal. Spas Delev sent an elegant cross into the penalty area. Tekpetey was uncovered and headed in his second goal of the game. The dominance of the Eagles continued in the 69th minute when Rick Jhonathan passed to Spas Delev. The midfieldier of Ludogorets took control on his chest, then shot from mid-range - straight into the hands of Velichkov. Three minutes later, another defender from Razgrad, after Aslack von Witry, scored a remarkable goal.

Franco Russo made the score 5:0. The defense of the "Boylars" coped with a cross around the penalty area. Franco Russo was the first to reach the knocked-out ball and made a great shot. In the 84th minute Nonato was brought into the penalty area. The midfielder tried to surprise the goalkeeper of Etar with a powerful shot from a small angle, but Velichkov managed to save.

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Ludogorets - Etar (Veliko Tarnovo) 5:0
League table Parva liga, 23rd round
1. Ludogorets 51
2. Cherno more 51
3. CSKA-Sofia 45
4. Levski 41
5. Lokomotiv (Plovdiv) 41
6. CSKA 1948 37
7. Krumovgrad 33
8. Botev (Plovdiv) 33
9. Arda 32
10. Slavia 26
11. Lokomotiv (Sofia) 25
12. Beroe 25
13. Hebar 23
14. Pirin (Blagoevgrad) 20
15. Botev (Vratsa) 13
16. Etar (Veliko Tarnovo) 10

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