21 May 2019 Levski Sofia 0 CSKA Sofia 2 Bulgarian League


Khaly Thiam (Senegal) - tall holding midfielder for Levski, 25-year-old, rated at £1.35m, patrolled the area in front of the back line, coolly intercepted, won headers, the odd move forward later in the game.

Ali Sowe (Gambia) - bleached hair, striker for CSKA, 24-year-old, rated at £1m, limited chances but did occupy the opposition defenders, some good forward surges.

Janio Bikel (Guinea-Bissau) - late substitute for CSKA, 23-year-old, rated £450k, few opportunities to contribute.


The Eternal Derby of Bulgaria was decided by two of CSKA's foreign recruits.

Portuguese Tiago Rodrigues and Brazilian Evandro scored the second-half goals that gave the Army team the victory before 11,000 fans at the National Stadium.

Before that Levski had edged the first period particularly with a number of threats from corners.

But they came to nothing and though the Blues manage a few shots later on none of them troubled Cerniauskus.

The pattern changed after the interval, especially when a severely deflected Rodrigues free kick left the Levski goalie helpless.

CSKA would go on to seal the points later on when a corner somehow reached Evandro near the centre of the goal and he converted.

And then celebrated with the fans behind the goal.

Levski were unable to mount any serious response and so CSKA kept up their possible title challenge.


report & analysis - John Bethell




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