Cédric Bardon was the match-winner for champions PFC Levski Sofia as the French striker scored the only goal to settle the Bulgarian Super Cup final against PFC Litex Lovech.
The former Olympique Lyonnais and Stade Rennais FC forward was the recipient of a fortunate rebound in the 65th minute that decided the outcome. Bardon had been put through one-on-one with goalkeeper Uros Golubović but his initial shot was saved by the custodian only for the loose ball to ricochet back off the striker and squeeze into the empty net.
Champions Levski finished the game with nine men but still managed to hold on to their lead. First, midfielder Rachid Tiberkanine was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 68th minute then, six minutes before the final whistle, Vladimir Gadzhev limped off injured with Levski having already made their three substitutions.
The triumph was Levski's third in the Super Cup, equalling the record of PFC CSKA Sofia. It was also the first piece of silverware under coach Ratko Dostanić, who replaced Emil Velev just nine days ago. Litex are yet to win the trophy for a first time, having now lost four times in the final.
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