Champions League - Qualifying First Round - 2nd Leg
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Champions League: Crusaders 0-2 Ludogorets Razgrad

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Irish League champions Crusaders went out 9-0 on aggregate to their Bulgarian counterparts Ludogorets after losing 2-0 in the second leg of their Champions League first qualifying round tie.

A spectacular 11th-minute own goal from Rodney Brown, who also found his own net in the first leg, gave the visitors the lead at Seaview on Tuesday night.

Jakub Swierczok drilled home a low right-foot shot in the second half.

Crusaders will now contest the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

The north Belfast club look likely to be without striker Jordan Owens in their tie against Olimpija Ljubljana of Slovenia or Azerbaijan side Qarabag next week after he pulled a hamstring in the first half of Tuesday's game.

Ludogorets will play Hungarian outfit Videoton in their next Champions League qualifier.

The Bulgarian side, who have won their domestic league for the last seven consecutive years, were firmly in control of the tie after winning the first leg 7-0 in Razgrad last Wednesday.

They reached the last 32 of the Europa League last season and made the group stages of the Champions League in both the 2014-15 and 2016-17 campaigns.

Own goal calamity for Brown

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Crusaders calamity - Comical own goal in Champions League

Crusaders began brightly with Michael Carvill firing wide but Brown's misfortune immediately handed the initiative to their opponents.

Swierczok, scorer of an eight-minute hat-trick last week, fired a pass into the danger area and under-pressure full-back Brown lofted the ball right-footed over home goalkeeper Sean O'Neill.

Ludogorets had chances to extend their lead before the break but O'Neill saved well from Georgi Terziev's header, while Jody Lukoki hit the woodwork.

Owens came off just after the half-hour mark and Crues boss Stephen Baxter said afterwards that he was concerned the striker could be out for up to "six weeks".

After half-time Lukoki and Marcelhino went close in quick succession and Jordan Forsythe headed wide from Ross Clarke's free-kick, before seeing his header from the resultant corner crash off the bar.

Polish international Swierczok extended his side's advantage after 65 minutes, completing a neat build-up by firing low right-footed into the bottom corner from 20 yards out.

O'Neill denied Swierczok's headed effort, Jorge Broun saved David Cushley's left-foot shot and O'Neill also pushed away Joao Paulo's drive in the closing minutes.

Line-ups

Crusaders

  • 1O'Neill
  • 4Beverland
  • 14Forsythe
  • 10Carvill
  • 2Burns
  • 18OwensSubstituted forCushleyat 32'minutesBooked at 45mins
  • 16Owens
  • 7LowrySubstituted forCaddellat 67'minutes
  • 25ClarkeSubstituted forGlackinat 81'minutes
  • 20Brown
  • 19Snoddy

Substitutes

  • 9Glackin
  • 11Cushley
  • 12Caddell
  • 15Holden
  • 17Ruddy
  • 22Heatley
  • 26Doherty

Ludogorets

  • 1Broun
  • 4GusmaoSubstituted forPanovat 61'minutes
  • 8Pacheco Affini
  • 18Dyakov
  • 5TerzievBooked at 78mins
  • 92LukokiBooked at 76mins
  • 6Batista PimientaSubstituted forNedyalkovat 70'minutes
  • 30Moti
  • 37da Silva Araujo
  • 70SwierczokSubstituted forBakalovat 79'minutes
  • 84Nascimento da Costa

Substitutes

  • 3Nedyalkov
  • 7Bakalov
  • 25Panov
  • 33dos Santos
  • 88Cristaldo Farias
  • 90Forster
  • 93Misidjan
Referee:
Roomer Tarajev
Attendance:
1,116

Live Text

Match ends, Crusaders FC 0, Ludogorets Razgrad 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crusaders FC 0, Ludogorets Razgrad 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Crusaders FC. Jamie Glackin replaces Ross Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Ludogorets Razgrad. Dimo Bakalov replaces Jakub Swierczok.

Booking

Georgi Terziev (Ludogorets Razgrad) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Jody Lukoki (Ludogorets Razgrad) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Ludogorets Razgrad. Anton Nedyalkov replaces Natanael Pimienta.

Substitution

Substitution, Crusaders FC. Declan Caddell replaces Philip Lowry.

Goal!

Goal! Crusaders FC 0, Ludogorets Razgrad 2. Jakub Swierczok (Ludogorets Razgrad) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Ludogorets Razgrad. Tsvetomir Panov replaces Cicinho.

Second Half

Second Half begins Crusaders FC 0, Ludogorets Razgrad 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Crusaders FC 0, Ludogorets Razgrad 1.

Booking

David Cushley (Crusaders FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Crusaders FC. David Cushley replaces Jordan Owens because of an injury.

Goal!

Own Goal by Rodney Brown, Crusaders FC. Crusaders FC 0, Ludogorets Razgrad 1.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 17th July 2018

  • New SaintsThe New Saints4ShkendijaShkendija0
  • CrusadersCrusaders0LudogoretsLudogorets Razgrad2
  • HJK HelsinkiHJK Helsinki3Víkingur GøtaVíkingur Gøta1
  • Valletta FCValletta FC1KukesiKukesi1
    Kukesi win on away goals
  • Apoel NicosiaApoel Nicosia1SuduvaSuduva0
  • Hapoel Be'er ShevaHapoel Be'er Sheva3FloraFlora1
  • Malmö FFMalmö FF2Drita GjilanDrita Gjilan0
  • MOL VidiMOL Vidi2F91 DudelangeF91 Dudelange1
  • Red Star BelgradeRed Star Belgrade2Spartaks JurmalaSpartaks Jurmala0
  • Legia WarsawLegia Warsaw3Cork CityCork City0

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd6501123915
2FC Basel6402115612
3CSKA Moscow6303810-29
4Benfica6006114-130

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG65012542115
2Bayern Munich6501136715
3Celtic6105518-133
4Anderlecht6105217-153

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Roma632196311
2Chelsea6321168811
3Atl Madrid61415417
4FK Qarabag6024214-122

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona642091814
2Juventus632175211
3Sporting621389-17
4Olympiakos6015413-91

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool63302361712
2Sevilla6231121209
3Spartak Moscow6132913-46
4NK Maribor6033316-133

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City6501145915
2Shakhtar Donetsk640299012
3Napoli6204111106
4Feyenoord6105514-93

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Besiktas6420115614
2FC Porto63121510510
3RB Leipzig62131011-17
4Monaco6024616-102

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tottenham65101541116
2Real Madrid64111771013
3B Dortmund6024713-62
4Apoel Nicosia6024217-152
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