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Bulgaria round-up: CSKA up and running

Published: Sunday 11 August 2002, 17.39CET
PFC CSKA Sofia swept aside the challenge of PFC Spartak Varna with a 3-1 home win on Saturday.

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Published: Sunday 11 August 2002, 17.39CET

Bulgaria round-up: CSKA up and running

PFC CSKA Sofia swept aside the challenge of PFC Spartak Varna with a 3-1 home win on Saturday.
PFC CSKA Sofia swept aside the challenge of PFC Spartak Varna with a 3-1 home win in the first round of matches of the new A PFG season on Saturday.

Winning start
Emil Gargorov's 20th-minute penalty was followed by goals from João Paulo Brito and Velizar Dimitrov, giving the home side a perfect start despite Plamen Krumov finding the net for Varna shortly before half-time.

Champions held
Unable to use their home pitch due to a ban hanging over the club from last season, PFC Cherno More held champions PFC Levski Sofia to a goalless draw at Nesebar. Both sides finished with ten men after Vladimir Gerasimov and Levski's Elin Topuzakov were sent off with 20 minutes remaining.

Super Mario
Elsewhere, Mario Metushev ran the show as PFC Chernomorets enjoyed a 3-0 home success against PFC Botev Plovdiv. Metushev opened the scoring on 33 minutes and grabbed his second four minutes into the second half before Ivan Martinov sealed the victory late on.

Sofia, so good
Meanwhile, PFC Slavia Sofia put three goals past PFC Marek without reply. Velimir Ivanovic, Asen Nikolov and Georgi Vladimirov were the men on target.

Dede on song
In the day's other games, PFC Litex Lovech edged out new boys PFC Dobrudja 2-0 in Dobrich, with Anderson Dede and Desislav Rusev finding the net. While PFC Rilski Sportist were the only promoted side to avoid defeat after a battling 1-1 draw at PFC Lokomotiv Sofia. New signing Stefan Giglio gave Lokomotiv a third-minute lead but Ivan Gemedijev's solo effort six minutes before half-time secured a share of the spoils for the visitors.

Naftex start strongly
On Friday night, PFC Naftex opened the campaign with a 2-1 triumph at PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv. Plamen Timnev and Sasa Viciknez put Naftex ahead before Metodi Stoynev registered for Plovdiv in added time.

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