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Three-goal Valencia primed to see off Ludogorets

Published: Thursday 13 March 2014, 20.55CET
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad 0-3 Valencia CF
The Spanish side survived a penalty and the attending dismissal of Seydou Keita to emphatically beat their hosts who also finished with ten.
by Simon Hart
Three-goal Valencia primed to see off Ludogorets
Fede Cartabia is jubilant after sweeping in Valencia's second goal ©AFP/Getty Images
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Published: Thursday 13 March 2014, 20.55CET

Three-goal Valencia primed to see off Ludogorets

PFC Ludogorets Razgrad 0-3 Valencia CF
The Spanish side survived a penalty and the attending dismissal of Seydou Keita to emphatically beat their hosts who also finished with ten.

Valencia CF shrugged off an early red card for Seydou Keita to take a big step towards the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals with a 3-0 triumph at PFC Ludogorets Razgrad.

The 2004 UEFA Cup winners were sent on their way to a fifth successive away victory in this season's competition when Antonio Barragán struck after five minutes, though it took a Diego Alves penalty save from Roman Bezjak to preserve their lead after Keita's 24th-minute dismissal. Despite their numerical inferiority, Fede Cartabia doubled the advantage on 33 minutes and Philippe Senderos's second-half header leaves Ludogorets, who had Juninho Quixadá sent off ten minutes from time for a push on João Pereira, needing a miracle in Spain next week.

Ludogorets's first UEFA Europa League campaign has won them plenty of friends in Bulgaria and the National Stadium in Sofia – some 400km from their home in Razgrad – was fully sold out for this round of 16 first leg. An eagle circled the pitch before kick-off but the hosts, hitherto unbeaten in the competition, were soon brought crashing to earth.

Valencia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi fielded full-back Barragán on the right wing to add defensive cover, yet the ploy yielded the opening goal. Eduardo Vargas's free-kick from the left was deflected over to the right edge of the box where Barragán thumped a low shot past Vladislav Stoyanov from 20 metres.

Paco Alcácer fired over when clear in the area before Stoicho Stoev's men had a golden opportunity to equalise. Keita's push on Bezjak as the home forward shaped to shoot earned the Valencia man a red card and Ludogorets a spot kick but Bezjak, their six-goal leading scorer in Europe, failed to profit. Ludogorets's luck was out again when Virgil Misidjan's swerving effort came back off the far post and instead, three minutes later, they fell further behind. Cartabia swivelled on to Alcácer's dinked ball over the home defence and swept a volley beyond Stoyanov.

Ludogorets kept coming but their frustrations were compounded when Misidjan and Bezjak both blazed attempts off target and, by the hour, Valencia's grip was tighter still. From a Cartabia corner, Jérémy Mathieu flicked the ball on to Vargas who, in turn, headed it back for Senderos to nod over the line.

Last updated: 15/03/14 0.01CET

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Lineups

ludogorets

Ludogorets

valencia

Valencia

21
StoyanovVladislav Stoyanov (GK)
1
Diego AlvesDiego Alves (GK)
4
MäntyläTero Mäntylä
Substitution62
12
João PereiraJoão Pereira
Yellow Card16
5
BartheAlexandre Barthe
Substitution46
14
BernatJuan Bernat
7
M. AleksandrovMihail Aleksandrov
15
FuegoJavier Fuego
8
Fábio EspinhoFábio Espinho
Yellow Card61
16
Paco AlcácerPaco Alcácer
Substitution56
9
BezjakRoman Bezjak
Penalty26
Substitution73
17
Vargas                        Eduardo Vargas
18
DyakovSvetoslav Dyakov (C)
19
BarragánAntonio Barragán
Goal5
Yellow Card49
Substitution65
25
Y. MinevYordan Minev
Yellow Card70
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu (C)
80
Júnior CaiçaraJúnior Caiçara
Yellow Card32
28
CartabiaFede Cartabia
Goal33
Substitution87
84
MarcelinhoMarcelinho
42
KeitaSeydou Keita
Red Card24
93
MisidjanVirgil Misidjan
44
SenderosPhilippe Senderos
Goal59

Substitutes

91
ČvorovićIvan Čvorović (GK)
13
GuaitaVicente Guaita (GK)
10
HernándezSebastián Hernández
5
Víctor RuizVíctor Ruiz
Substitution56
11
Júnior QuixadáJúnior Quixadá
Substitution62
Red Card80
6
Oriol RomeuOriol Romeu
17
Dani AbaloDani Abalo
7
JonasJonas
Substitution87
20
ChocoChoco
8
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
Substitution65
55
TerzievGeorgi Terziev
Substitution46
24
MíchelMíchel
99
MichelMichel
Substitution73
31
GayaJosé Gaya

Coach

Stoicho Stoev (BUL) Juan Antonio Pizzi (ARG)

Referee

Clément Turpin (FRA)

Assistant referees

Cyril Gringore (FRA), Nicolas Danos (FRA)

Fourth official

Cyril Lompre (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Tony Chapron (FRA), Nicolas Rainville (FRA)

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