SOFIA, May 14 (Reuters) - Litex Lovech won the Bulgarian Cup on Wednesday, beating Cherno More Varna 1-0 thanks to a second-half goal from Stanislav Manolev.
The Lovech-based club, who were beaten by Levski Sofia in last year’s final, won the competition for the third time and for the first since 2004.
Manolev headed home in the 57th minute after Brazilian midfielder Tom curled in a tempting cross from the left.
The match was played at the Vasil Levski national stadium in Sofia despite Cherno More’s threat to boycott the game after the Professional Football League ignored their request to change the venue because of travelling distances.
Boycott threats were not uncommon in this year’s competition. Last month Levski Sofia threatened to boycott their quarter-final against Litex over the appointment of Italian referee Paolo Dondarini.
Litex’s victory means they go through to the second qualifying round of next season’s UEFA Cup.
Reporting by Angel Krasimirov; editing by Padraic Halpin