Today the fifth tournament of the Lukoil Cup 2017 started. The stadium of PFC "Levski" Sofia welcomed all participants of the tournament, guests and a total of about 1000 fans.
The opening ceremony was attended by honorary guests: the Minister of Sport and Youth of Bulgaria, Krasen Kralev, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Bulgaria Anatoly Makarov, the General Director of LUKOIL-Bulgaria Valentin Zlatev, the head of PFC Levski Spas Russev, the Executive Director of PFC "Levski" Sofia Krasimir Ivanov, sports director of the "blues" Daniel Borimirov, president of the Sports Club "LUKOIL" Vladimir Zolotukhin.
Thanking the oil company LUKOIL, PFC Levski and the organizers for holding such an interesting tournament, the guests wished good luck to the young football players - representatives of the leading football academies in Europe - and also made a photo with the captains of the teams, and after - gave detailed interviews to a lot of journalists , who visited at the "Vivacom Arena - Georgi Asparuhov".
Starting match between greek PAOK and the russian "Rubin" kept the stands and the teams themselves in breathtaking atmosphere till the last seconds - the game was equal, and the outcome of the fight could be solved only one episode. As it happened - on the 46th minute, Theodosiadis scored for PAOK, 1:0.
Bulgarian fans in a big groups came to support "Levski" in the match with "Benfica". The charge of emotions helped the "blues", who fought against the best academy in 2016 on an equal game, and could also snatch victory - the "eagles" who still controlled the whole course of the match, shoot the bar. Zero draw with an uncompromising and interesting fight. Excellent football, after which the fans standing applauded the players.
PAOK played the second game with the serbian "Crvena Zvezda" - "red and white" showed attractive smart football, and the greek team again didn't make a chance for the opponent to score. After the final whistle, the coaches of both teams noted that it was a real men's fight, in which everyone could win, but nobody could realize the moments. Congratulations to the representatives of Greece on their way to the play-off stage! We will know tomorrow with whom they will play.
The second match for the day was held and by the portuguese players. In the match with the strong Besiktas, the nominal guests had an advantage at the beginning of the meeting, but the turkish players showed a good level of creation and realization of the moments, opening the score in the middle of the first half - the ball was scored by Dönmez, and in the second half of the meeting Benfica, missed the second - already from the Komili. 2:0, "Besiktas" wins.
The participants of the play-off matches and the match for the 5th place will be announced tomorrow. It will be interesting!
Let's note that according to the results of the tournament the best players will be awarded a special prize from the official statistics provider of Lukoil Cup 2017 - Instat Football, the leading sports statistics company in the world.
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The entrance to all tournament matches is free, we invite all fans to enjoy excellent football from the leading football academies of Europe on "Vivacom Arena - Georgi Asparuhov"!
Note that all matches of the tournament will be shown on the official Youtube channel of PFC "Levski" Sofia
First day of Lukoil Cup 2017 - interesting teams' performance, first victories, draws and defeats.