Litex beat Pirin to retain Bulgarian Cup

SOFIA - Litex Lovech beat Pirin Blagoevgrad 3-0 to win the Bulgarian Cup for a second consecutive year on Tuesday. French striker Wilfried Niflore broke the deadlock at the Georgi Asparuhov stadium with a scrambled effort from close range after 20 minutes. The Lovech-based club, lifting the trophy for the fourth time in the last eight years, sealed victory after Brazilian Doka Madureira and Krum Bibishkov scored in the second half. Pirin, who eliminated Bulgarian giants CSKA Sofia and Levski Sofia in previous rounds, lost their fourth consecutive Cup final after failing to produce any clearcut chances. "We deserved the win," said Litex coach Stanimir Stoilov, who is also Bulgarian national team coach. "We decided to play with two tall strikers and I think it was the key to our success." Litex will participate in next season's UEFA Europa League.