BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, May 2, 2011
Lokomotiv Sofia chances for a Europa league birth took a severe hit on Saturday when they fell to CSKA Sofia 3-1 on the road in Bulgarian A PFG action.
American forward Jemal Johnson played a full 90 minutes for Lokomotiv but failed to score his first goal for Lokomotiv since joining the club in January.
Spas Delev opened the scoring for CSKA in the 40th minute when he took a nice pass from Gregory Nelson inside the 18. His first shot was blocked but he was able to hit the rebound past Lokomotiv goalkeeper Valentin Galev for a 1-0 lead.
In the 57th minute, CSKA would pull ahead 2-0 when their Brazilian forward Michel Platini volleyed home a cross from Ivan Bandalovski who made a run down the right wing.
Five minutes later in the 62nd minute, CSKA would put the game out of reach when Kostadin Stoyanov scored from close range after Galev failed to handle a corner.
With the game out of reach in second half injury time Marcho Dafchev would close the gap to 3-1 for Lokomotiv but the final whistle would sound just a few moments later.
With the loss, Lokomotiv fell to fifth place in the A PFG standings with 41 points through 24 games. They currently trail CSKA by seven points for third place and the final place Europa league spot. Lokomotiv have six games remaining.
This Thursday, May 5th, Lokomotiv returns to action when they host eighth place PFC Chernomorets.