Reporting 2 August 2023

Ludogorets lost from Olimpija

Bulgarian champions Ludogorets were eliminated from the Champions League after losing 1:2 to Olimpija Ljubljana. The match was decided at the very...

Bulgarian champions Ludogorets were eliminated from the Champions League after losing 1:2 to Olimpija Ljubljana. The match was decided at the very end when Elshnik cleverly scored his second goal of the match, erasing the first goal of the match, the work of Kiril Despodov. Thus, the Eagles will continue their participation in the Europa League, where they will probably meet Astana.

The Bulgarians started the match strongly and Ivaylo Petev's players missed two chances as early as the 13th minute, with Kiril Despodov taking an active part in both.

Ludogorets took the lead in the 15th minute. A magical performance from a foul by Kiril Despodov left no chance for Olimpija's goalkeeper Vidvoshek - 1:0 for the Bulgarians.

The hosts responded immediately and in the 18th minute Elshnik benefited from a direct free kick cross - 1:1.

In the 34th minute, the crossbar saved Sergio Padt after a shot by Seslar. Two good saves by the goalkeeper followed after shots by Seslar and Rui Pedro.

Shortly before the end of the first half, Dominik Yankov shot technically, but missed the goal.

In the 58th minute, Kiril Despodov's goal was disallowed due to an offside. Ten minutes after that, the captain of the Eagles would have done well, but missed the goal. Ten minutes before the end of the match, Piotrowski tried his chance, but Vidsovek knocked it out.

In the 82nd minute, Ludogorets was down a man after Son received a straight red card for headbutting Rui Pedro. A minute before the end of regular time, Spas Delev could have sent the Eagles into the next phase, but his shot hit the crossbar.

In the 93rd minute, the well-known Elshnik scored after a learned execution of a free-kick, sealing the success for the hosts.

Ludogorets could have sent the match to overtime, but Kiril Despodov missed a penalty in the 102nd minute, awarded for a foul against Spas Delev.


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Olimpija (Ljubljana) - Ludogorets 2:1
League table Parva liga, 23rd round
1. Ludogorets 51
2. Cherno more 51
3. CSKA-Sofia 45
4. Levski 44
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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