When the Vasil Levski National Stadium was opened to the public in the year 1953, there was hope that it would one day serve as a venue for European football. Named after the hero and revolutionary Vasil Levski, the stadium is one of the oldest in Bulgaria and has become a regular host to Champions League matches.
On Tuesday, it served as the home ground of Ludogorets instead of their own home ground, Ludogorets Arena. Due to crowd capacity and the inability to adhere to UEFA guidelines, the Levski stadium is the home stadium of Ludogorets in Europe this season.
And the match on Tuesday didn’t disappoint as well. Ludogorets went ahead and took a two-goal lead. But as the match drifted towards the end, Arsenal tightened their grip and made a superb comeback to eventually win the match 3-2.
Jonathan Cafu and Claudiu Keseru were the goalscorers for the Bulgarian side, while Xhaka, Giroud and Ozil sealed the comeback.
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#1 Arsenal’s comeback shows their newfound resolve
On another night, Arsenal might have lost the plot after they handed Ludogorets an early lead. However, this Arsenal team is of different mettle and on Tuesday night capped off an impressive comeback.
Arsenal started off sluggishly and was duly punished. However, the second goal by the Bulgarian side within the space of 3 minutes seemed to stir something in the Gunners. Summer signing, Granit Xhaka started the comeback, finishing off a fine cross by Mesut Ozil.
Ozil’s cross evaded everyone in the box only to fall nicely in front of the Swiss midfielder. Xhaka, arriving late in the box swept in a left-footed finish after the Ludogorets defence went too deep.
After that, Arsenal was back in their familiar groove as they took control of the game. And right before the end of the first half, Giroud was on hand to head in the equaliser from a fine Ramsey cross. Giroud leaping high over the Ludogorets defence expertly finished off the move, as Arsenal went into the half-time with buoyant spirits.