Round-up of action from Eastern Europe

May 22, 2006

BELGRADE, May 22 (Reuters) - Round up of the weekend soccer action in eastern Europe.

BULGARIA - Levski Sofia won their 24th league title with two matches to spare after a 2-1 home win over struggling Botev Plovdiv gave them an unassailable eight-point lead over city rivals CSKA Sofia, who lost 1-0 at Rodopa Smolyan.

Georgi Ivanov gave Levski the lead with an early penalty after Daniel Borimirov was brought down and then returned the favour on the hour when he set up the veteran midfielder for the second with a clever back-heel.

Last season's champions CSKA lost any hope of staying in the title race after Daniel Peev capitalised on a defensive blunder to score Rodopa's winner in the 18th minute.

Slovenian striker Milivoje Novakovic netted a brace to help third-placed Litex Lovech to a 3-1 home win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv, who stayed fifth.

HUNGARY - Champions Debrecen beat Ferencvaros 3-1 to move level on points with front-runners Ujpest, who suffered a dramatic 2-1 setback at home to MTK Budapest.

Jozsef Kanta and Mladen Lambulics shocked Ujpest with two goals in the last two minutes after the league's top scorer Peter Rajczi had given the home side a 37th minute lead.

Ujpest had two players sent off in injury time while a handful of their fans invaded the pitch and assaulted the officials after the final whistle.

Peter Mate, Balazs Dzsudzsak and Senegalese striker Ibrahim Sidibe were on target for Debrecen who threw the title race wide open with two matches remaining.

ROMANIA - Champions Steaua Bucharest stayed on course to retain the title after a 2-1 win at Sportul Studentesc left them two points clear of Rapid Bucharest with two matches to go.

Banel Nicolita gave Steaua the lead shortly after the break and won a 79th minute penalty converted by Mirel Radoi after third-placed Sportul, who now trail Steaua by five points, had equalised through a Nicolae Dica own-goal.

Rapid stayed in contention after Viorel Moldovan, Mugurel Buga and Vali Negru lifted the 2004 champions to a 3-1 win at CFR Cluj.

RUSSIA - Champions CSKA Moscow won the cup with a 3-0 win against city rivals Spartak after a brilliant individual performance from Brazilian teenager Jo Alves.

The 19-year-old top scorer of Russia's March-November league with 11 goals in just nine matches scored an excellent brace while his compatriot Wagner Love added a third.

Alves fired CSKA ahead shortly before the break with a crisp shot into the far corner and unleashed an injury time scorcher after Love made it 2-0 in the 90th minute.