The teams of Pirin Blagoevgrad and Botev Vratsa play at score 1:1 in the opening ninth round match in the efbet League. The captain of the hosts Peter Zanev scored an own goal in the 45th minute, but in the stoppage time of the first half Stanislav Kostov equalize. You can watch the match at the Hristo Botev Stadium live on DIEMA SPORTas well as online on the platform PLAY DIEMA XTRA.
The Eagles are still winless since the start of the season. Krasimir Petrov’s team has three draws and five losses, occupying 15th place in the provisional ranking. Today’s match is extremely important for the team to take a breath of air with a possible victory.
The management of Blagoevgrad have stood firmly behind the coach, despite the bad streak, but their position can always change if the team continues with bad results. The only absentee for Pirin is Nikolay Bodurov.
Botev is 12th with eight points. They are back in a series of two defeats in a row. During the week, the team attracted two footballers of Toulouse – Tom Rapnui and Claire Serber. Coach Rosen Kirilov will not be able to count on the injured Brian Perea, Martin Kavdanski and Luis Felipe.
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The hosts started the match strongly and pressed in the first minutes. The first shot at one of the two goals came already in the second minute when Petar Zanev crossed from the left in the penalty area, the ball was cleared, but it reached Krasimir Stanoev in front of the penalty area, who shot, but high over the goal.
The Eagles had a golden chance to open the scoring just two minutes later. Zanev received a pass from the left in the penalty area and crossed to the far post, where Stanislav Kostov headed it to the far post. There, Martin Smolenski shot from two meters, but Diego Ferrareso stood in the way of the ball and blocked right on the goal line.
In the sixth minute, Ventsislav Benguyuzov shot from distance, but Krasimir Kostov managed to hit a corner kick over the crossbar with one hand.
Five minutes later, Pirin had another excellent opportunity. Smolensky and Zanev made an excellent double pass from the left, and the veteran entered the penalty area and crossed sharply on the ground towards the far post, but Ivan Tasev narrowly missed to intercept in Kostov’s goal.
In the following minutes, the tempo of the game dropped, but Krasimir Petrov’s players continued to control the ball more and reach their opponent’s penalty area. The visitors responded with two or three crosses from free kicks and corners, which, however, did not make it difficult for Yanko Georgiev and the defense in front of him.
In the 32nd minute, the very active Zanev crossed from the left into the penalty area, where Tasev played with his chest for Radoslav Tsonev, who shot diagonally from the air, but out.
120 seconds after that, Pirin had another negative scoring chance. Tasev was brought out from the right at speed, entered the penalty area and shot into the near corner, but Kostov parried. The ball again fell to Tasev, who combined with Tsonev, and the former Levski player technically back-heeled for Krasimir Stanoev, who shot, but again Ferrareso stood in the way of the ball and blocked.
LIVE | PIRIN BLAGOEVGRAD – BOTEV VRACA 1:1
0:1 Petar Zanev (own goal) 45′
1:1 Stanislav Kostov 45+3′
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Starting lineups of both teams:
PIRIN BLAGOEVGRAD (4-1-4-1): 21. Yanko Georgiev – 3. Petar Zanev (k), 45. Hristofor Hubchev, 38. Alexander Dyulgerov g.k.19. Vyacheslav Velev – 73. Ventsislav Benguzov – 18. Martin Smolensky g.k.17. Radoslav Tsonev, 31. Krasimir Stanoev, 26. Ivan Tasev – 29. Stanislav Kostov
Reservations: Mario Kirev (top), 25. Ilian Kostov, 23. Kazuki Takahashi, 7. Kitan Vasilev, 9. Preslav Yordanov, 10. Slavcho Shokolarov, 6. Yulian Popev,
Head Coach: Krasimir Petrov
BOTEV VRACA (4-2-3-1): 76. Krasimir Kostov (k) – 37. Tom Zarandona, 20. Messi Biatomousoka, 14. Martin Atanasov, 8. Diego Ferrareso – 24. Stefan Gavrilov, 18. Claire Serber g.k. – 15. Miroslav Marinov, 88. Johan Valbuena, 21. Jean-Pierre Da Silva – 9. Daniel Genov
Reservations: 34. Federico Rubio (right), 7. Mitko Panov, 16. Plamen Spasov, 22. Petar Kepov, 23. Brian Mendoza, 28. Radoslav Zahariev, 91. Vencislav Hristov
Head Coach: Rosen Kirilov
Chief Judge: Stanimir Trenchev, Sofia city
Stadium: “Hristo Botev”, city of Blagoevgrad