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Halenár's late salvo gives Slovan edge

Published: Wednesday 17 July 2013, 23.00CET
ŠK Slovan Bratislava 2-1 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
Juraj Halenár struck twice in the dying minutes of the match to give the hosts a narrow lead to take to Bulgaria in seven days' time.
by Tomáš Čunčík
from Štadión Pasienky
Halenár's late salvo gives Slovan edge
Samuel Slovák's Slovan have given themselves a slim lead in the tie ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Slovan BratislavaLudogorets

Goals scored2
 
1
Total attempts16
 
12
on target6
 
5
off target6
 
6
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
6
Offsides0
4
Yellow cards5
 
4
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed19
 
19
Fouls suffered16
 
18

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 17 July 2013, 23.00CET

Halenár's late salvo gives Slovan edge

ŠK Slovan Bratislava 2-1 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
Juraj Halenár struck twice in the dying minutes of the match to give the hosts a narrow lead to take to Bulgaria in seven days' time.

ŠK Slovan Bratislava had to dig deep to overcome PFC Ludogorets Razgrad, scoring two late goals to establish a slim lead at the halfway stage of their UEFA Champions League second qualifying round tie.

The visitors got their noses in front after 65 minutes, Finnish defender Tero Mäntylä breaking the deadlock with an opportunistic strike. That goal looked like being the difference between the sides but Slovan rallied in the final minutes of the game, Juraj Halenár restoring parity before converting a late penalty to seal an unlikely win.

The home side suffered an early blow when captain Igor Žofčák was forced off injured but still enjoyed the better of the opening period, threatening through a number of well-taken set pieces from Marko Milinković and coming close to the opener through Filip Hlohovský.

Ludogorets made it to the interval unscathed, however, and took the lead 20 minutes later, Mäntylä reacting quickest after Hristo Zlatinski's free-kick was spilled by Matúš Putnocký. In truth that could – and perhaps should – have been the Bulgarian side's second goal, Roman Bezjak having missed a golden opportunity minutes earlier.

It briefly looked as though they would get away with that moment of profligacy when Pavel Fořt missed a penalty for the hosts, but Halenár levelled things up with a fine goal three minutes from time.

Ivaylo Bogdanov's side would still have been confident of returning to Bulgaria with a creditable draw but Halenár had other ideas, firing past Vladislav Stoyanov after the goalkeeper had brought down Lester Peltier to give his side a narrow advantage to take into the second leg.

Last updated: 24/07/13 23.45CET

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Lineups

slovan bratislava

Slovan Bratislava

ludogorets

Ludogorets

30
PutnockýMatúš Putnocký (GK)
21
StoyanovVladislav Stoyanov (GK)
Yellow Card90+2
2
JosimovMiloš Josimov
4
MäntyläTero Mäntylä
Goal65
6
FořtPavel Fořt
Penalty68
Substitution75
8
Fábio EspinhoFábio Espinho
8
GrendelErik Grendel
Yellow Card50
Red Card81
17
Dani AbaloDani Abalo
Substitution52
10
ŽofčákIgor Žofčák (C)
Substitution6
18
DyakovSvetoslav Dyakov (C)
Yellow Card45+3
11
MilinkovićMarko Milinković
23
ZlatinskiHristo Zlatinski
12
MészárosKarol Mészáros
25
MinevYordan Minev
16
GorositoNicolas Gorosito
Yellow Card90+2
27
MoţiCosmin Moţi
Yellow Card67
17
KladrubskýJiří Kladrubský
Yellow Card19
73
I. StoyanovIvan Stoyanov
Substitution76
18
BagayokoMamadou Bagayoko
80
Júnior CaiçaraJúnior Caiçara
21
KolčákKristián Kolčák
Yellow Card64
99
MichelMichel
Substitution8

Substitutes

22
PoláčekMartin Poláček (GK)
91
ČvorovićIvan Čvorović (GK)
3
ŇinajBranislav Ňinaj
7
AleksandrovMihail Aleksandrov
Substitution52
4
ČikošErik Čikoš
9
BezjakRoman Bezjak
Substitution8
7
HlohovskýFilip Hlohovský
Substitution6
Substitution68
10
HernándezSebastián Hernández
9
HalenárJuraj Halenár
Substitution75
Goal87
Goal90+3
19
BakalovDimo Bakalov
Substitution76
Yellow Card89
29
JakúbekMatej Jakúbek
20
ChocoChoco
77
PeltierLester Peltier
Substitution68
77
VitinhaVitinha

Coach

Samuel Slovak (SVK) Ivaylo Petev (BUL)

Referee

Anthony Taylor (ENG)

Assistant referees

Stuart Burt (ENG), Peter Bankes (ENG)

Fourth official

Jonathan Moss (ENG)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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