Soccer-Bulgarian champions Ludogorets suffer shock opening defeat (Reuters)

SOFIA, July 20 (Reuters) – Champions Ludogorets slumped to a surprise 1-0 defeat at newcomers Lyubimets 2007 in the opening round of the Bulgarian league season on Saturday. Lyubimets 2007, whose home town has a population of less than 8,000, stunned Ludogorets when midfielder Samir Aess took advantage of a defensive mix-up to score from close range in the 10th minute. “It was an extremely poor performance by our team and it’s inexplicable to me,” said coach Ivaylo Petev, who has led Ludogorets to the title in the last two seasons. …

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