BRIAN SCIARETTA - Sunday, April 24, 2011
Lokomotiv Sofia defeated Akademik Sofia on Saturday as they make their push to move into the top three in the Bulgarian Vyscha Liga standings.
New Jersey native Jemal Johnson played a full 90 for Lokomotiv in the effort.
Lokomotiv Sofia did not take long to jump front when in the 20th minute when forward Dormushali Saidhodzha moved in on goal setting up a one-on-one with Akademik keeper Bozhidar Stoychev. Saidhodzha made a move to his left and was brought down by Stoychev.
The ref did not hesitate to award Lokomitv a penalty. Marcho Dafchev stepped up to take the penalty and he easily converted for a 1-0 lead by sending the ball into the upper right corner while Stoychev guessed the wrong way.
Saidhodzha doubled the lead in the 68th minute when he received a long ball and beat Stoychev to it. Saidhodzha then merely had to tap it into an empty net which he did for a 2-0 lead.
Johnson almost had a chance to give the hosts a 3-0 lead with his first goal for Lokomotiv in the 83rd minute but his shot struck the post.
Lokomotiv Sofia remain in fourth place in the Vyscha Liga with 41 points through 23 games. They trail CSKA Sofia for third place and the final Europa Leauge spot by just one point. CSKA has played one fewer game which it will make up on Monday.
Lokomotiv's next game is on Saturday, April 30 away against CSKA Sofia in a game that could go a long way in determining who will take third place this season in the Vyscha Liga.