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Bulgarian A League – Update 27th March 2012

Game Day 17 saw 5 of the top 6 win.  The exception was 2nd placed, Chernomorets, who went down 0-2 at Lokomotiv Plovdiv.  The leaders, Ludogorets, continued their excellent form with a 5-0 win over relegation threatened, Vidima.

Into Game Day 18 and Ludogorets gained another 5-0 win as they beat bottom club, Svetkavitsa.  Although, the scoreline probably flattered them as they scored 4 of those goals in the final 10 minutes.  Chernomorets then dropped more points as they were held at home, 2-2, by Zagora.  Champions, Litex Lovech beat Slavia Sofia, 1-0Levski and CSKA Sofia both won, 2-0.

Wednesday 21st March saw Ludogorets run come to an end.  Four straight wins, 16 goals scored and none conceded, had seen them look as if there was no stopping them.  It seemed as if they’d carry this on when they went to Lokomotiv Plovdiv, but Venkov’s goal just into the second half, gave Plovdiv their 2nd win over a top 2 club, in recent weeks.

CSKA Sofia thumped Lokomotiv Sofia, 4-0, and Levski Sofia went to Slavia Sofia and came away with a 3-0 win.  Both CSKA and Levski have begun very well after the winter break.

Then Game Day 20, saw CSKA Sofia go to the top of the table.  A 3-0 win at Plovdiv, who’d just ended Ludogorets unbeaten run, put them 3pts clear.  Since the winter break, they lost their first match back, but have since won 4 straight, scoring 12 and conceding just 1.

Ludogorets suffered their 2nd successive defeat as they went  down 2-3 to Slavia Sofia.  Slavia scored first, but then Barthe and Aleksandrov put Ludogorets 2-1 up.  But Slavia came back to take all 3pts, to see Ludogorets knocked off the top of the table for the first time in months.  They are joined on 45pts by Levski Sofia, who themselves missed a chance as they were beaten at home 0-1 by Minior Pernik.  Chernomorets and Litex are just below the Europa League places as the season moves towards the final 3rd.



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