The champion Ludogorets failed to break the leader Loko Plovdiv, drawing 1:1 in Razgrad. The Eagles dominated most of the game, taking an early lead through a magical goal from Bernard Tekpetey, but after a big mistake by Simon Sluga in the 85th minute, youngster Petar Andreev equalised.
The coach Ivaylo Petev made one change in his line-up in contrast to the success over the other Lokomotiv – the one from Sofia. He left Rick Jhonathan on the bench and released Caio Vidal instead.
The super clash in Razgrad started with pressure from the hosts. First, Ivan Yordanov shot from a free kick, but Horkas saved without problems. A dangerous foray from Bernard Tekpetey followed, but none of his teammates intercepted his pass. In the 9th minute Ludogorets opened! Tekpetey scored a goal of a very high class. He received a great 40-metre pass from Jakub Piotrowski, broke free from Segura, controlled with his right foot and immediately sent the ball into Horkas' net with his left. A really great strike that we rarely see on domestic terrains. Just a few seconds later, the home defense was distracted and Tekpetey almost scored a second goal, but the ball hit the beam.
However, the players of Loko Plovdiv were not worried by the opening goal and pressed their opponent. First, Simon Sluga made a mistake, the ball reached Evndro, whose shot missed the target. A very nice shot from Evandro followed, this time Sluga stepped in well and cleared.
For his part, Ludogorets made a dangerous counterattack, Rwan got into a great position, but made a mistake and passed to the uncovered Caio Vidal and Tekpetey. The last opportunity for the first part opened before Georgi Minchev, who beat Sundberg with a header, but in the out. Shortly after, Aslack von Witry attempted a powerful shot that was wide of the mark. In the 54th minute, Rwan could have put an end to the dispute. He was brought in behind the defence, elegantly feinted Efe Alli and dug the ball over Horkas. However, it hit the post and Caio Vidal was late for the add-on.
In the 55th minute, Ivan Yordanov broke through Angel Lyaskov with ease and feinted the former player of CSKA and CSKA 1948, after which he fell in the penalty area during a one-on-one fight. The referee Nikola Popov did not award a penalty, but was called to the VAR monitor by Volen Chinkov. Nevertheless, Popov did not change his decision.
An opportunity followed for the young Petar Andreev, who shot wide of the target with his left foot. In the 66th minute, Angel Lyaskov would, the ball deflected in Verdon and went into the corner. Three minutes later Diko Horks showed great class. Rick made a double with another reserve - Mounir, and would technically, but Horkas scored masterfully. Rick continued to attack the visitors' defence, once again beating Angel Lyaskov and shooting in with his left foot. However, Horkas was in his place.
In the 85th minute, Loko Pd equalized out of nowhere. Son returned to Simon the Servant. The goalkeeper delayed too long, the young Petar Andreev played the ball, who sent it into his net - 1:1.
After the goal, the hosts threw themselves into crazy attacks, but there was no goal, and Horkas saved dangerous shots from Sundberg and Piotrowski.