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Sports News of Monday, 22 June 2020


Bulgarian champions, Ludogorets win 9th straight league title

Ludogorets on Sunday clinched their ninth successive Bulgarian football league title by beating visitors Beroe Stara Zagora 2-1.

Unbeaten Ludogorets, who never looked in any real danger during the season, took an unassailable 14-point lead over CSKA Sofia.

CSKA Sofia drew 3-3 with bitter city rivals Levski on Saturday.

Senegalese striker Alioune Fall gave sixth-placed Beroe the lead midway through the first half, but Ludogorets fought back with two goals in two minutes after the break.

In-form Brazilian midfielder Cauly Oliveira levelled by driving home a crisp shot from the edge of the penalty area on the hour.

Then, Congolese striker Mavis Tchibota made it 2-1 after a fine solo run less than 90 seconds later.

“This title is more special for me because I joined the team only half a year ago,” said Ludogorets’ Czech coach Pavel Vrba, who has already won three Czech titles with Viktoria Plzen as well as one Slovak title with Zilina.

“I’m extremely happy.”

The Eagles, who will go into the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds, have had 10 different coaches since their ninth-title run began.

Ludogorets were promoted to the top-flight for the first time in 2011 and clinched their first title the following year.

They have also won two Bulgarian Cups and four Supercups in the last eight years.


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