With two matches today, December 7, the round of 16 matches of the Bulgarian Football Cup tournament will come to an end. From 14:30, CSKA 1948 welcomes Beroe to the stadium in Bistrica, while Botev Pd visits Eter at “Ivaylo” from 17:30.
The Canaries finish the year strongly, having not lost in their last seven matches in all competitions – six in the championship (4 wins and 2 draws) and one in the Cup (a classic away to Strumska Slava). The positive results for the graduates of Dusan Kerkez in the last two months have brought the team to the eighth position in the table before the last match of the calendar year with Hebar Pazardzhik of the “College”. On the path of the “yellow and black” to the Cup will be Eter, which is at the bottom of the First League, and will try to surprise the opponent in Veliko Tarnovo. Svetoslav Petrov’s players unfortunately lost their last two championship games against Black Sea and CSKA.
Earlier in the day, last edition’s finalist CSKA 1948 will host Beroe at the Vitosha Stadium. Nikolay Panayotov’s boys will be chasing a second consecutive final, but first they have to get past the tough Beroe team. Zaralii are ninth in the First League, having warmed up for their visit to the “armies” with a 0:1 away defeat against Krumovgrad. CSKA 1948, for its part, has three wins in its last four matches – the “reds” took the three points against Levski, and then played three consecutive away games – a loss to Pirin in Blagoevgrad and successes over Arda and Heber. In the last edition of the Cup, the people of Sofia lost to Ludogorets 1:3 in the dispute for the trophy at the National Stadium.
So far, the teams of Spartak Varna, Pirin Blagoevgrad, Arda, CSKA Sofia, Heber, as well as the winner of the trophy Ludogorets have qualified for the quarterfinals.
The full program of the matches of the 1/8-finals for the Cup:
Arda – Litex 4:1
Slavia – CSKA Sofia 0:1
Heber – Levski 2:1
Ludogorets – Lokomotiv Pd 4:0
2:30 p.m., FC CSKA 1948 – Beroe
17:30, Eter – Botev Plovdiv
From November 18
Lokomotiv Sofia – Spartak Varna 1:4 after penalties (0:0)
Pirin Blagoevgrad – Botev Vratsa 2:1 in extra time (1:1)
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