Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski - Sofia 27/08/2014 - 20:45CET (21:45 local time)

Play-offs, Second leg

Ludogorets - Steaua
1-0
Aggregate: 1-1 Ludogorets win 6-5 on penalties
 

Ludogorets - Steaua 1-0 - 27/08/2014 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2015

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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

Ludogorets
Steaua

1

Goals scored

0

20

Total attempts

13

10

on target

1

7

off target

9

3

blocked

3

0

against woodwork

1

9

Corners

3

0

Offsides

3

5

Yellow cards

5

1

Red Cards

0

22

Fouls committed

28

28

Fouls suffered

20

Lineups

ludogorets

Ludogorets

steaua

Steaua

21Stoyanov (GK)
73
119 ET
24Arlauskis (GK)
7Alexandrov
78
2Râpă
8Fábio Espinho4Szukała
9Bezjak
77
78
10C. Tănase (C)
5
18Dyakov (C)
62
11Prepeliţă
100 ET
25Y. Minev14Latovlevici
60
67
27Moţi
57
18Sânmărtean
83
55Terziev
40
21Breeveld
72
80Júnior Caiçara28Keșerü
84Marcelinho33Varela
64
93Misidjan
85
77Popa

Substitutes

91Čvorović (GK)95Cojocaru (GK)
12Anicet Abel8Filip
83
17Dani Abalo
78
9Iancu
20Choco12Stanciu
5
23Zlatinski22Pîrvulescu
67
89
88Wanderson
85
90
26Neagu
99Hamza
78
97Vâlceanu

Coaches

Georgi Dermendzhiev (BUL) Constantin Gâlcă (ROU)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

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: 29/08/14 0.03CET

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