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Ludogorets break new ground with Slovan success

Published: Wednesday 24 July 2013, 22.15CET
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad 3-0 ŠK Slovan Bratislava (agg: 4-2)
Dani Abalo struck twice as the Bulgarian champions – under a brand-new coach – reached the third qualifying round for the first time.
by Stoyan Georgiev
from Ludogorets Arena
Ludogorets break new ground with Slovan success
Ludogorets supporters saw their team reach the third qualifying round for the first time ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LudogoretsSlovan Bratislava

Goals scored3
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts18
 
7
on target4
 
0
off target9
 
6
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork2
 
0
Corners4
 
5
Offsides6
 
6
Yellow cards4
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
18
Fouls suffered16
 
7
Passes0
 
0
completed0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 24 July 2013, 22.15CET

Ludogorets break new ground with Slovan success

PFC Ludogorets Razgrad 3-0 ŠK Slovan Bratislava (agg: 4-2)
Dani Abalo struck twice as the Bulgarian champions – under a brand-new coach – reached the third qualifying round for the first time.

PFC Ludogorets Razgrad defeated ŠK Slovan Bratislava 3-0 to break new ground and reach the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round for the first time in their history.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg and still reeling from the weekend departure of coach Ivaylo Petev, Ludogorets had a task that looked anything but simple. But Ivan Stoyanov's early goal wiped out the deficit, and Dani Abalo hit two more as the confident hosts swept aside their experienced opponents 4-1 on aggregate, providing the perfect start for new coach Stoicho Stoev.

Stoyanov's third-minute strike was as impressive as it was important, perhaps unsurprisingly for a nephew of ex-Bulgaria international Yordan Lechkov. Júnior Caiçara put in a fine cross from the right wing and Stoyanov did the rest, scoring with a great left-footed volley.

With home nerves now settled, a second goal was not far away. Moments after missing a one-on-one, Abalo made amends with a cool finish from a carbon-copy chance after another superb Júnior Caiçara pass.

Ludogorets dominated proceedings from then on. Stoyanov's looping effort came back off the crossbar, and Slovan goalkeeper Matúš Putnocký twice frustrated Marcelinho before the Bulgarians' third goal eventually arrived 12 minutes from time.

Substitute Dimo Bakalov slipped Abalo beyond the defence and the Spaniard made no mistake with another clinical finish to extinguish any trace of doubt and set up a third-round meeting with either FC Shirak or FK Partizan.

Last updated: 04/09/13 17.56CET

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Lineups

ludogorets

Ludogorets

slovan bratislava

Slovan Bratislava

21
StoyanovVladislav Stoyanov (GK)
30
PutnockýMatúš Putnocký (GK)
4
MäntyläTero Mäntylä
2
JosimovMiloš Josimov
9
BezjakRoman Bezjak
Yellow Card45+3
9
HalenárJuraj Halenár
Yellow Card6
17
Dani AbaloDani Abalo
Goal12
Yellow Card66
Goal78
Substitution83
10
ŽofčákIgor Žofčák (C)
Yellow Card73
18
DyakovSvetoslav Dyakov (C)
11
MilinkovićMarko Milinković
23
ZlatinskiHristo Zlatinski
16
GorositoNicolas Gorosito
Yellow Card66
25
MinevYordan Minev
17
KladrubskýJiří Kladrubský
27
MoţiCosmin Moţi
Yellow Card90
18
BagayokoMamadou Bagayoko
73
I. StoyanovIvan Stoyanov
Goal3
Yellow Card5
Substitution72
21
KolčákKristián Kolčák
80
Júnior CaiçaraJúnior Caiçara
29
JakúbekMatej Jakúbek
Substitution76
84
MarcelinhoMarcelinho
Substitution61
77
PeltierLester Peltier
Substitution71

Substitutes

91
ČvorovićIvan Čvorović (GK)
22
PoláčekMartin Poláček (GK)
7
M. AleksandrovMihail Aleksandrov
Substitution83
3
NiňajBranislav Niňaj
8
Fábio EspinhoFábio Espinho
Substitution61
4
ČikošErik Čikoš
10
HernándezSebastián Hernández
6
FořtPavel Fořt
Substitution71
19
BakalovDimo Bakalov
Substitution72
7
HlohovskýFilip Hlohovský
20
ChocoChoco
12
MészárosKarol Mészáros
77
VitinhaVitinha
20
SoumahSeydouba Soumah
Substitution76
Yellow Card79

Coach

Stoicho Stoev (BUL) Samuel Slovak (SVK)

Referee

Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)

Assistant referees

Alessandro Giallatini (ITA), Fabiano Preti (ITA)

Fourth official

Davide Massa (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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