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Bulgaria round-up: Levski pull away

PFC Levski Sofia increased their lead at the top to eight points after a 1-0 win.

Bulgarian champions PFC Levski Sofia increased their lead at the top to eight points after a 1-0 win today.

Deserved victory
The league leaders saw off stiff competition from challengers PFC Litex Lovech at the Gueorgui Asparuhov stadium and were fully deserving of their win. Stanislav Angelov failed to open the scoring with a fine volley after a one-two pass with Georgi Ivanov in the first half, but the disciplined Litex defence were eventually undone.

Kabat on target
After 65 minutes, Litex goalkeeper Vitomir Vutov punched away a vicious Ilian Stoyanov cross but Peter Kabat was able to slam the loose ball home. Levski could have made it 2-0 in the 76th minute but a cross-cum-shot from Angelov hit Litex's crossbar.

Eight-point lead
Levski are now eight points clear of both Litex and PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv and 13 clear of eternal rivals PFC CSKA Sofia, who play PFC Slavia Sofia tomorrow. Plovdiv were in action today as they earned a 0-0 draw away at fifth-placed PFC Neftochimik.

Belasitsa triumph
In the bottom eight, PFC Spartak Varna replaced PFC Belasitsa in the danger zone after they were defeated 2-1 by the Petrich club. Gabriel Radojcic scored both goals for Belasitsa while Plamen Rusinov scored a consolation goal for Varna in the 61st minute.

Two penalties
Two penalties decided the outcome of the game between PFC Cherno More and PFC Chernomorets Burgas. Under-21 international Yordan Todorov from Chernomorets opened the scoring in the 47th minute from the penalty spot, but the home side levelled the score seven minutes from time after Kristian Dobrev had no problems converting his penalty.

Vital away win
Velizar Dimitrov's 80th-minute strike gave PFC Marek an important 1-0 away win against PFC Beroe. Meanwhile PFC Spartak Pleven recorded their second home defeat in a row as they lost 2-1 against PFC Lokomotiv Sofia.