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Joy for Ludogorets after Moţi heroics

Published: Wednesday 27 August 2014, 23.50CET
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad 1-0 FC Steaua Bucureşti (agg: 1-1, Ludogorets win 6-5 on penalties)
Defender Cosmin Moţi saved two penalties during a remarkable shoot-out to put the hosts into the group stage for the first time.
Joy for Ludogorets after Moţi heroics
Ludogorets salute their supporters at full time ©Meridian Match

Match statistics

LudogoretsSteaua

Goals scored1
 
0
Total attempts20
 
13
on target10
 
1
off target7
 
9
blocked3
 
3
against woodwork0
1
Corners9
 
3
Offsides0
3
Yellow cards5
 
5
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed22
 
28
Fouls suffered28
 
20

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 27 August 2014, 23.50CET

Joy for Ludogorets after Moţi heroics

PFC Ludogorets Razgrad 1-0 FC Steaua Bucureşti (agg: 1-1, Ludogorets win 6-5 on penalties)
Defender Cosmin Moţi saved two penalties during a remarkable shoot-out to put the hosts into the group stage for the first time.

• Defender Cosmin Moţi saves two penalties to earn PFC Ludogorets Razgrad win
• Former FC Dinamo Bucureşti man forced into goal after Vladislav Stoyanov red card
• Moţi denies Cornel Râpă and Paul Pîrvulescu to secure sudden-death success
• Wanderson's stunning 90th-minute volley takes tie into extra time
• Bulgarian champions into group stage for first time 

Central defender Cosmin Moţi ensured his place in Ludogorets history by saving twice during a penalty shoot-out to put the club into the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time with a play-off win over FC Steaua Bucureşti. Wanderson's volley had taken the tie to extra time, and Stoyanov's dismissal a minute from the end allowed the man who used to play for Steaua's big rivals Dinamo to become an unlikely hero. 

A goal up from the first leg, Romanian title holders Steaua looked determined to stretch their advantage in Sofia and squandered an excellent opening seven minutes in, Lucian Sânmărtean's cross from the left finding the unmarked Claudiu Keșerü who poked wide. A whipped Keșerü free-kick from the left zipped over the bar as the visitors continued to make chances, something Sânmărtean did for himself with a dazzling dribble only to blast wide of the top corner.

The hosts came out of their shell as the half progressed; Fábio Espinho's free-kick required visiting keeper Giedrius Arlauskis to make a plunging save to his left before Virgil Misidjan was centimetres away from applying a finish to Mihail Aleksandrov's centre shortly before the interval.

©Meridian Match

Wanderson (No18) after his late strike

Łukasz Szukała almost put the game beyond the Bulgarian champions after the restart, rising highest to meet a free-kick only to see his header turned against the post by Stoyanov. Time appeared to be running out until the 90th minute when Wanderson connected perfectly with a volley from the edge of the area following a cleared corner to force extra time with a wonderful goal.

Moţi's header in the first period was not far off for Ludogorets but their prospects dimmed considerably a minute from the end when keeper Stoyanov received a red card for bringing down Fernando Varela. With all home substitutions used, Moţi had to pick up the gloves for the shoot-out.

Nervelessly, he himself took the first spot kick, comfortably stroking into the corner, before denying Pîrvulescu with a brilliant stop to keep things level after Wanderson's miss. As the efforts continued to find the corner, the drama continued into sudden death where Moţi capped a remarkable night by throwing himself to his right to repel Râpă's attempted conversion.

Last updated: 30/05/15 6.58CET

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Lineups

ludogorets

Ludogorets

steaua

Steaua

21
StoyanovVladislav Stoyanov (GK)
Yellow Card73
Red Card119 ET
24
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK)
7
AlexandrovMihail Alexandrov
Substitution78
2
RâpăCornel Râpă
8
Fábio EspinhoFábio Espinho
4
SzukałaŁukasz Szukała
9
BezjakRoman Bezjak
Yellow Card77
Substitution78
10
C. TănaseCristian Tănase (C)
Substitution5
18
DyakovSvetoslav Dyakov (C)
Yellow Card62
11
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
Yellow Card100 ET
25
MinevYordan Minev
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
Yellow Card60
Substitution67
27
MoţiCosmin Moţi
Yellow Card57
18
SânmărteanLucian Sânmărtean
Substitution83
55
TerzievGeorgi Terziev
Yellow Card40
21
BreeveldNicandro Breeveld
Yellow Card72
80
Júnior CaiçaraJúnior Caiçara
28
KeșerüClaudiu Keșerü
84
MarcelinhoMarcelinho
33
VarelaFernando Varela
Yellow Card64
93
MisidjanVirgil Misidjan
Substitution85
77
PopaAdrian Popa

Substitutes

91
ČvorovićIvan Čvorović (GK)
95
CojocaruValentin Cojocaru (GK)
12
Anicet AbelAnicet Abel
8
FilipLucian Filip
Substitution83
17
Dani AbaloDani Abalo
Substitution78
9
IancuGabriel Iancu
20
ShokoShoko
12
StanciuNicolae Stanciu
Substitution5
23
ZlatinskiHristo Zlatinski
22
PârvulescuPaul Pârvulescu
Substitution67
Yellow Card89
88
WandersonWanderson
Substitution85
Goal90
26
NeaguIonuţ Neagu
99
YounésYounés Hamza
Substitution78
97
VâlceanuRobert Vâlceanu

Coach

Georgi Dermendzhiev (BUL) Constantin Gâlcă (ROU)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto del Palomar (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Gómez (ESP), Javier Estrada (ESP)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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