CSKA beat Cherno More 3-1 to win Bulgarian Cup

Updated: May 24, 2006, 1:29 PM ET
Reuters

SOFIA, May 24 - CSKA Sofia beat Cherno More Varna 3-1 on Wednesday to win their first Bulgarian Cup since 1999 but the match was overshadowed by fan violence during halftime.

Violence erupted at the Vasil Levski stadium when a large section of Cherno More supporters left their stand, sparking clashes with CSKA fans.

CSKA were rewarded for their early dominance in the match in the 12th minute when Mourad Hidiouad's long pass found captain Emil Gargorov, whose well placed shot gave Krasimir Kolev no chance.

Gargorov made it 2-0 with thunderous strike in the 28th minute and Ivory Coast's Guillame Dah Zadi wrapped up the game six minutes later with a brilliant header from Iordan Todorov's cross.

Cherno More's Daniel Morales had a penalty saved by CSKA goalkeeper Ilko Pirgov in the 75th minute after substitute Martin Hristov was brought down by Alexander Tunchev.

Morales was sent off nine minutes from time but Cherno More, playing their first Cup final, got a consolation goal when Nigerian forward Masena Moke scored from the spot in added time.

"It was CSKA's best match since I took over," team coach Plamen Markov said. Former Bulgaria coach Markov returned for his second spell at CSKA in April replacing Serbian Miodrag Yesic.

Winning the Cup went some way to compensating for CSKA's disappointing league season.

They failed to challenge bitter city rivals Levski for the title having squandered a seven-point lead at the top of the table after the first half of the season.

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