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UEFA Europa League: PFC Ludogorets 1945 - RCD Espanyol Match press kits

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PFC Ludogorets 1945PFC Ludogorets 1945Ludogorets Arena - RazgradThursday 24 October 2019
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Group H - Matchday 3
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

No UEFA competition matches have been played between these two teams

PFC Ludogorets 1945 - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Champions League
DateStageMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
09/12/2014GSReal Madrid CF - PFC Ludogorets 19454-0
MadridRonaldo 20 (P), Bale 38, Arbeloa 80, Medrán 88
01/10/2014GSPFC Ludogorets 1945 - Real Madrid CF1-2
SofiaMarcelinho 6; Ronaldo 24 (P), Benzema 77
UEFA Europa League
DateStageMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
20/03/2014R16Valencia CF - PFC Ludogorets 19451-0
agg: 4-0
ValenciaAlcácer 59
13/03/2014R16PFC Ludogorets 1945 - Valencia CF0-3
SofiaBarragán 5, Cartabia 33, Senderos 59

RCD Espanyol - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

RCD Espanyol have not played against a club from their opponents' country

HomeAwayFinalTotal
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
PFC Ludogorets 19452002200200004004110
RCD Espanyol000000000000000000

Last updated 04/10/2019 10:25CET

Match background Only this chapter

Ludogorets have made a lightning-fast start to UEFA Europa League Group H, scoring eight goals in their opening two victories, but the Bulgarian champions and league leaders host tricky Matchday 3 opposition in Espanyol, who are on a long unbeaten away run in European competition.

• A Claudiu Keşerü hat-trick completed a stunning 5-1 home win for Ludogorets against CSKA Moskva on Matchday 1, and there was a second big win a fortnight later as they prevailed 3-0 away to their UEFA Champions League first qualifying round conquerors Ferencváros. Espanyol, meanwhile, shook off the disappointment of an opening 1-1 draw in Barcelona against the Hungarian champions by winning 2-0 next time out at CSKA. The Spanish club have since changed coach, replacing David Gallego with Pablo Machín.

Previous meetings
• This is Espanyol's first UEFA encounter with Bulgarian opposition.

• Ludogorets' record against Spanish clubs is P4 L4, a 2013/14 UEFA Europa League round of 16 elimination by Valencia (0-3 h, 0-1 a) preceding two UEFA Champions League group stage defeats later that year by Real Madrid (1-2 h, 0-4 a).

Highlights: Ferencváros 0-3 Ludogorets

Form guide
Ludogorets
• Ludogorets' eighth consecutive Bulgarian league title earned them a place in this season's UEFA Champions League first qualifying round, where they were knocked out by Ferencváros, losing both legs (1-2 a, 2-3 h). They subsequently came through UEFA Europa League qualifiers against Valur, The New Saints and, in the play-offs, Maribor to reach the group stage of this competition for the third year in a row, and fourth time in all.

• The Razgrad club were successful in their first two UEFA Europa League group stage participations, reaching the round of 16 in 2013/14 and round of 32 in 2017/18, but failed to win any of their six games last season (D4 L2), finishing bottom of a group containing Bayer Leverkusen, Zürich and AEK Larnaca. They also competed in the 2016/17 round of 32, having finished third in their UEFA Champions League group.

• Ludogorets have kept clean sheets in eight of their 12 European home games over the past two seasons (W6 D4 L2). Their UEFA Europa League group stage record in Bulgaria is W4 D4 L2.

Highlights: CSKA Moskva 0-2 Espanyol

Espanyol
• Espanyol finished seventh in the 2018/19 Spanish Liga, edging out Athletic Club on the head-to-head rule to book a return to the European stage for the first time since their appearance in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup final, which they lost on penalties to Sevilla after a 2-2 draw in Glasgow.

• The Barcelona-based club, who also lost the 1987/88 UEFA Cup final on spot kicks to Bayer Leverkusen, cruised through their first two qualifying ties this term, defeating Stjarnan 7-1 on aggregate and Luzern 6-0 over the two legs before overcoming Zorya Luhansk in the play-offs (3-1 h, 2-2 a).

• Espanyol are undefeated in their last 22 European games against non-Spanish opposition (W17 D5), including the last 11 on their travels (W7 D4). They have not lost a European match in regulation play since Schalke beat them home (2-1) and away (3-0) in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup third round.

Highlights: Ludogorets 5-1 CSKA Moskva

Links and trivia
• Espanyol goalkeeper Diego López played for Villarreal against Bulgarian side Levski Sofia in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League group stage, winning both games and keeping two clean sheets (1-0 h, 2-0 a).

• Ludogorets' only goal against Spanish opposition was scored five years ago at home to Real Madrid by Marcelinho, who is still with the club.

• Eight-goal Ludogorets are the top-scoring team across all 12 UEFA Europa League groups after two matches.

• Espanyol are one of six clubs making their debut in the UEFA Europa League group stage this term. The others are LASK, Olexandriya, Wolfsberg, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Group H rivals Ferencváros.

Highlights: Espanyol 1-1 Ferencváros

The coaches
• Stanislav Genchev stepped up from his position as Ludogorets assistant coach in August 2019 to oversee the club's UEFA Europa League play-off elimination of Maribor just days after replacing Stoycho Stoev in the hot seat. A 38-year-old former midfielder with seven caps for Bulgaria, he only hung up his boots in June 2017 and went straight into coaching with his final club Etar. He won two successive Bulgarian league titles, in 2011/12 and 2012/13, as a player with Ludogorets – one of a dozen clubs he represented in an eventful career.

• Machín was appointed by Espanyol as Gallego's replacement on 8 October, thus returning to Spanish Liga and UEFA Europa League duty seven months after being dismissed by Sevilla. He was in charge of the Andalusian side for less than a year following four progressive campaigns at the helm of Catalan outfit Girona, whom he guided into the Spanish top flight before further exceeding expectations by leading them to a tenth-placed Liga finish in 2017/18. Forced to retire from playing at 23, he had a lengthy association with home-town club Numancia before joining Girona in 2014.

FootballPeople weeks
The FootballPeople weeks take place from 10 to 24 October 2019 and are organised by UEFA's social responsibility partner Fare. The weeks are a global campaign aimed at tackling discrimination and celebrating diversity in football. The UEFA Europa League is offering its full support to the FootballPeople weeks; teams will line up for a mixed photo with the referees, while an #EqualGame hashtag will also be on display. Videos will be played on giant screens at stadiums across Europe, and child mascots will be wearing #FootballPeople t-shirts. UEFA's collaboration with the Fare network's FootballPeople weeks has been running since 2001. The aim of this initiative fits in perfectly with the goals of #EqualGame, which is looking to promote inclusion, diversity and accessibility.

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Team facts Only this chapter

FC Ludogorets Razgrad
Formed: 1945
Nickname: The Eagles from Razgrad

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• None

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 8 (2019)
Bulgarian Cup: 2 (2014)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Europa League unless indicated otherwise)
2018/19:
group stage
2017/18:
round of 32 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League third qualifying round)
2016/17:
round of 32 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
2015/16: UEFA Champions League second qualifying round
2014/15:
UEFA Champions League group stage
2013/14: round of 16 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League play-offs)
2012/13:
UEFA Champions League second qualifying round
2011/12: did not take part in UEFA club competition
2010/11: did not take part in UEFA club competition
2009/10: did not take part in UEFA club competition

Records
UEFA club competition
• Biggest home win
7-0: Ludogorets v Crusaders
11/07/18, UEFA Champions League first qualifying round first leg

Biggest away win
0-4: TNS v Ludogorets
15/08/19, UEFA Europa League third qualifying round second leg

• Heaviest home defeat
0-3 twice, most recently v AC Milan
15/02/18, UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg

• Heaviest away defeat
6-0: Arsenal v Ludogorets
19/10/16, UEFA Champions League group stage

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
• Biggest home win
5-0: Ludogorets v TNS
08/08/19, second qualifying round first leg

• Biggest away win
0-4: TNS v Ludogorets (see above)

• Heaviest home defeat
0-3 twice, most recently v AC Milan (see above)

• Heaviest away defeat
1-0 three times, most recently v Zürich
04/10/18, group stage

https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/news/newsid=2431335.html#club+facts+ludogorets

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RCD Espanyol
Formed:
1900
Nickname: 
Periquitos/Pericos (Parakeets), Blanquiazules (White and Blues)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• UEFA Cup: (1988), (2007)

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
Spanish Cup: 4 (2006)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Europa League unless indicated otherwise)
2018/19:
did not take part in UEFA competition
2017/18:
did not take part in UEFA competition
2016/17: did not take part in UEFA competition
2015/16: did not take part in UEFA competition
2014/15:
 did not take part in UEFA competition
2013/14: did not take part in UEFA competition
2012/13: did not take part in UEFA competition
2011/12: did not take part in UEFA competition
2010/11:
did not take part in UEFA competition
2009/10: did not take part in UEFA competition

Records
UEFA club competition

• Biggest home win
6-2: Espanyol v Zulte Waregem
23/11/06, UEFA Cup group stage
4-0 three times, most recently v Stjarnan
25/07/19, UEFA Europa League second qualifying round first leg

• Biggest away win
0-3:
Luzern v Espanyol
08/08/19, UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg

• Heaviest home defeat
0-3 three times, most recently v Schalke
23/02/06, UEFA Cup round of 32 second leg

• Heaviest away defeat
3
-0: Bayer Leverkusen v Espanyol
18/05/88, UEFA Cup final second leg

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
• Biggest home win
6-2:
Espanyol v Zulte Waregem (see above)
4-0 three times, most recently v Stjarnan (see above)

• Biggest away win
0-3: Luzern v Espanyol (see above)

• Heaviest home defeat
0-3 three times, most recently v Schalke (see above)

• Heaviest away defeat
3-0: Bayer Leverkusen v Espanyol (see above)

https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/news/newsid=2619354.html#club+facts+espanyol

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

PFC Ludogorets 1945

  • UEFA Champions League - First qualifying round
    (10/07/2019)
    Ferencvárosi TC 2-1 PFC Ludogorets 1945
    1-0 Nguen 6, 1-1 Świerczok 31, 2-1 Zubkov 65
    Iliev, Nedyalkov, Terziev, Biton (66 Marcelinho), Świerczok, Tchibota, Dyakov, Ikoko, Moţi, Góralski (78 Badji), Lukoki (83 Jorginho)
  • (17/07/2019)
    PFC Ludogorets 1945 2-3 Ferencvárosi TC (agg: 3-5)
    0-1 Kharatin 17, 0-2 Škvarka 21, 1-2 Terziev 24, 1-3 Nguen 48, 2-3 Heister 69 (og)
    Renan, Nedyalkov, Terziev, Świerczok (46 Keșerü), Tchibota, Jorginho, Dyakov, Ikoko (64 Cicinho), Moţi, Góralski, Marcelinho (64 Biton)
  • UEFA Europa League - Second qualifying round
    (25/07/2019)
    Valur 1-1 PFC Ludogorets 1945
    1-0 Petry 11, 1-1 Anicet Abel 90+2
    Iliev, Nedyalkov, Cicinho (88 Lukoki), Terziev, Anicet Abel, Tchibota (61 Wanderson), Jorginho, Badji (69 Świerczok), Keșerü, Góralski, Rafael Forster
  • (01/08/2019)
    PFC Ludogorets 1945 4-0 Valur (agg: 5-1)
    1-0 Starke Hedlund 7 (og) , 2-0 Ikoko 24, 3-0 Świerczok 82, 4-0 Świerczok 84
    Iliev, Nedyalkov, Terziev, Biton, Anicet Abel, Tchibota (63 Wanderson), Jorginho (84 Lukoki), Ikoko, Keșerü (79 Świerczok), Góralski, Rafael Forster
  • Third qualifying round
    (08/08/2019)
    PFC Ludogorets 1945 5-0 The New Saints FC
    1-0 Harrington 10 (og) , 2-0 Tchibota 28, 3-0 Lukoki 43, 4-0 Keșerü 65, 5-0 Moţi 76
    Iliev, Nedyalkov, Biton (77 Świerczok), Anicet Abel (61 Badji), Tchibota (69 Wanderson), Ikoko, Keșerü, Moţi, Góralski, Rafael Forster, Lukoki
  • (15/08/2019)
    The New Saints FC 0-4 PFC Ludogorets 1945 (agg: 0-9)
    0-1 Świerczok 36, 0-2 Lukoki 42, 0-3 Świerczok 77, 0-4 Biton 90+2
    Renan, Cicinho, Świerczok (81 Keșerü), Manolev, Dyakov, Grigore, Badji, Góralski (69 Biton), Wanderson, Rafael Forster, Lukoki (75 Tchibota)
  • Play-off
    (22/08/2019)
    PFC Ludogorets 1945 0-0 NK Maribor
    Iliev, Nedyalkov, Cicinho, Biton (65 Marcelinho), Anicet Abel (78 Świerczok), Jorginho, Badji, Keșerü, Moţi, Wanderson (72 Tchibota), Rafael Forster
  • (29/08/2019)
    NK Maribor 2-2 PFC Ludogorets 1945 (agg: 2-2)
    0-1 Marcelinho 17, 0-2 Keșerü 26 (P) , 1-2 Tavares 65, 2-2 Vancaš Požeg 72
    Iliev, Nedyalkov, Cicinho, Anicet Abel, Jorginho (91 Grigore), Badji, Keșerü (69 Dyakov), Moţi, Marcelinho (85 Świerczok), Wanderson, Rafael Forster
  • Group stage
    Group H - Group Standings
    ClubPldWDLGFGAPts
    PFC Ludogorets 19452200816
    RCD Espanyol2110314
    Ferencvárosi TC2011141
    PFC CSKA Moskva2002170
    Matchday 1 (19/09/2019)
    PFC Ludogorets 1945 5-1 PFC CSKA Moskva
    0-1 Diveev 11, 1-1 Wanderson 48, 2-1 Lukoki 50, 3-1 Keșerü 52, 4-1 Keșerü 68, 5-1 Keșerü 73 (P)
    Renan, Nedyalkov, Cicinho, Anicet Abel, Grigore, Badji, Keșerü (86 Biton), Marcelinho (74 Góralski), Wanderson, Rafael Forster, Lukoki (84 Jorginho)
  • Matchday 2 (03/10/2019)
    Ferencvárosi TC 0-3 PFC Ludogorets 1945
    0-1 Lukoki 1, 0-2 Rafael Forster 40, 0-3 Rafael Forster 64
    Iliev, Nedyalkov, Cicinho (69 Ikoko), Anicet Abel, Grigore, Badji, Keșerü, Marcelinho (46 Moţi), Wanderson, Rafael Forster, Lukoki (57 Góralski)
  • Matchday 3 (24/10/2019)
    PFC Ludogorets 1945-RCD Espanyol
  • Matchday 4 (07/11/2019)
    RCD Espanyol-PFC Ludogorets 1945
  • Matchday 5 (28/11/2019)
    PFC CSKA Moskva-PFC Ludogorets 1945
  • Matchday 6 (12/12/2019)
    PFC Ludogorets 1945-Ferencvárosi TC

RCD Espanyol

  • UEFA Europa League - Second qualifying round
    (25/07/2019)
    RCD Espanyol 4-0 Stjarnan
    1-0 Ferreyra 49, 2-0 Ferreyra 57, 3-0 Borja Iglesias 60, 4-0 Borja Iglesias 68
    Diego López, Pedrosa (74 Dídac Vilà), Víctor Sánchez (54 Marc Roca), Naldo, López, Borja Iglesias, Ferreyra, Darder, Melendo, Javi López, Granero (54 Wu)
  • (01/08/2019)
    Stjarnan 1-3 RCD Espanyol (agg: 1-7)
    0-1 Pedrosa 5, 0-2 Borja Iglesias 52, 0-3 Ferreyra 79, 1-3 B. Sigurdsson 87
    Diego López, Pedrosa (70 Puado), Víctor Sánchez (65 A. Iturraspe), Naldo, Borja Iglesias (65 Wu), Ferreyra, Dídac Vilà, Melendo, Javi López, Espinosa, Marc Roca
  • Third qualifying round
    (08/08/2019)
    FC Luzern 0-3 RCD Espanyol
    0-1 Ferreyra 28, 0-2 Dídac Vilà 59, 0-3 Vargas 89
    Diego López, Pedrosa (66 Vargas), Víctor Sánchez, Naldo, López, Borja Iglesias, Ferreyra (71 Wu), Melendo, Javi López, Dídac Vilà, Marc Roca (61 Darder)
  • (15/08/2019)
    RCD Espanyol 3-0 FC Luzern (agg: 6-0)
    1-0 Wu 3, 2-0 Campuzano 27, 3-0 Campuzano 38
    Diego López, Pipa, López, A. Iturraspe, Darder (52 Lozano), Dídac Vilà, Espinosa, Vargas (56 Nico Ribaudo), Granero, Wu, Campuzano (56 Puado)
  • Play-off
    (22/08/2019)
    RCD Espanyol 3-1 FC Zorya Luhansk
    0-1 Kochergin 38, 1-1 Ferreyra 58, 2-1 Javi López 79, 3-1 Vargas 81
    Diego López, López, Wu, A. Iturraspe (20 Marc Roca), Ferreyra, Darder, Puado (71 Vargas), Javi López, Dídac Vilà (46 Víctor Sánchez), Granero, Calero
  • (29/08/2019)
    FC Zorya Luhansk 2-2 RCD Espanyol (agg: 3-5)
    0-1 Ferreyra 34, 1-1 Lednev 54, 1-2 Vargas 62, 2-2 Rusyn 78
    Diego López, López, Ferreyra (73 Wu), Darder (66 Víctor Sánchez), Melendo, Javi López, Dídac Vilà, Marc Roca, Vargas (77 Campuzano), Granero, Calero
  • Group stage
    Matchday 1 (19/09/2019)
    RCD Espanyol 1-1 Ferencvárosi TC
    0-1 Javi López 10 (og) , 1-1 Vargas 60
    Diego López, Naldo, Wu, Melendo (56 Calleri), Javi López, Dídac Vilà (67 Pedrosa), Espinosa, Marc Roca, Vargas (74 Campuzano), Granero, Lozano
  • Matchday 2 (03/10/2019)
    PFC CSKA Moskva 0-2 RCD Espanyol
    0-1 Wu 64, 0-2 Campuzano 90+5
    Diego López, Pedrosa, Víctor Sánchez, Wu (77 Piatti), Calleri (22 Campuzano), David López, Corchia, Marc Roca, Vargas, Granero (90 Lozano), Calero
  • Matchday 3 (24/10/2019)
    PFC Ludogorets 1945-RCD Espanyol
  • Matchday 4 (07/11/2019)
    RCD Espanyol-PFC Ludogorets 1945
  • Matchday 5 (28/11/2019)
    Ferencvárosi TC-RCD Espanyol
  • Matchday 6 (12/12/2019)
    RCD Espanyol-PFC CSKA Moskva

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Legend

Competitions

Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Competition stages

  • F: Final
  • GS: Group stage
  • GS1: First group stage
  • GS2: Second group stage
  • 3QR: Third qualifying round
  • R1: First round
  • R2: Second round
  • R3: Third round
  • R4: Fourth round
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • SF: Semi-finals
  • QF: Quarter-finals
  • R16: round of 16
  • QR: Qualifying round
  • R32: Round of 32
  • 1QR: First qualifying round
  • 1st: first leg
  • 2QR: Second qualifying round
  • 2nd: second leg
  • FT: Final tournament
  • PO: Play-off
  • ELITE: Elite round
  • Rep: Replay
  • 3rdPO: Third-place play-off
  • PO - FT: Play-off for Final Tournament
  • GS-FT: Group stage – final tournament

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
  • f: Match forfeited

Statistics

  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • QUAL: All UEFA qualifiers
  • UEL: Current season total UEFA Europa League appearances from the group stage onwards prior to the current matchday
  • UEL: Total appearances in the UEFA Europa League, group stage to final only
  • UEFA: All-time total appearances in UEFA club competition including qualifying
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on UEFA.com.