Europa League: Ludogorets progress after 4-3 victory over Lazio
Last Updated: 27/02/14 8:51pm
Juninho Quixada: Scored a late winner as Ludogorets progressed at the expense of Lazio
Juninho Quixada's 89th-minute goal ensured Ludogorets' remarkable Europa League campaign continued with a stunning 4-3 aggregate win over Lazio to reach the last 16.
Last week's first ever meeting between the clubs saw Stoycho Stoev's Bulgarians claim a famous 1-0 victory thanks to Roman Bezjak's goal.
A thrilling second leg swung to and fro, Lazio first to take the upper hand as Keita Balde, inside 18 seconds, and Brayan Perea put them ahead.
The hosts hit back through Bezjak and Hristo Zlatinski but Miroslav Klose looked to have seen Lazio through until Quixada's late intervention.
Ludogorets conceded only two goals in the group stage and goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov was excellent at the Stadio Olimpico - but he was beaten immediately back in Razgrad.
The home side actually kicked off but gave the ball away almost immediately and Balde broke down the left before squeezing home the second-quickest goal in the Europa League's brief history.
The 18-year-old sent another effort wide and it took almost a quarter of an hour for the shell-shocked hosts to threaten, Marcelinho's shot held comfortably by Lazio keeper Federico Marchetti.
Marcelinho then lashed wide from Junior Caicara's cross before Zlatinski sent a free-kick over the bar for Ludogorets.
Balde's eventful first half continued when he was booked for dissent having been caught offside, the third caution in the opening half-hour following team-mate Abdoulay Konko and Ludogorets' Bezjak.
Cosmin Moti followed just before half-time for fouling Balde, Candreva sending the free-kick wide.
Lazio again struck early in the second half, though not as dramatically as in the first.
This time, they had to wait eight minutes before a breakaway ended with Perea latching on to Ogenyi Onazi's pass and finishing clinically.
Balde shot over for Lazio and Bezjak went close for Ludogorets, Marchetti turning his shot on to the post.
The striker was not to be denied, though, and two minutes later he cut the deficit by curling the ball into the far top corner after he was played in by Fabio Espinho.
That left Ludogorets behind in the tie on away goals alone and Zlatinski put them ahead in the tie after 78 minutes when his dipping long-range effort deceived Marchetti.
The tie was far from over - as Klose proved four minutes later, following in to score after Lucas Biglia's header was saved.
But there was still time for one last twist as Quixada ran on to Bezjak's long pass and flicked the ball past the keeper to see the Bulgarians through.
Thu 27th Feb - Round of 32
Rubin0 - 2Real Betis
Napoli3 - 1Swansea
Sevilla2 - 1Maribor
Shak Donetsk1 - 2Plzen
Basel3 - 0Mac Tel Avi
Salzburg3 - 1Ajax
Frankfurt3 - 3FC Porto
Ludogorets3 - 3Lazio
Fiorentina1 - 1Esbjerg
Tottenham3 - 1Dnipro
Genk0 - 2A Mak'kala
Valencia0 - 0Dynamo Kiev
Benfica3 - 0PAOK S'nika
AZ Alkmaar1 - 1S Liberec
Trabzonspor0 - 2Juventus
Lyon1 - 0C'morets
Europa League Group A
Europa League Group B
Europa League Group C
|1||Red Bull Salzburg||6||18|
Europa League Group D
Europa League Group E
Europa League Group F
|2||Maccabi Tel Aviv||6||11|
Europa League Group G
Europa League Group H
Europa League Group I
|3||Vitoria de Guimaraes||6||5|
Europa League Group J
Europa League Group K
|3||Sheriff Tiraspol (Mol)||6||6|
Europa League Group L
|3||Maccabi Haifa (Isr)||6||5|
Europa League round of 32 2014
Tim Sherwood was delighted by the character his Tottenham side showed, as they came from behind to beat Dnipro 3-2 on aggregate in the Europa League.
Tim Sherwood believes Tottenham's miraculous Europa League comeback can inspire their Premier League top-four bid.
Nick Viergever struck again as AZ Alkmaar reached the last 16 of the Europa League after a 1-1 home draw with Liberec.
- Fiorentina draw to progress
- Monk proud after Swansea exit
- Lyon knock out Chornomorets
- Anzhi too strong for Genk
- Valencia edge past Dynamo Kiev
- Benfica pick off 10-man PAOK
- Juventus topple Trabzonspor
- Stunning Spurs oust Dnipro
- Sevilla survive Maribor scare
- Sevilla, Betis set up derby
- Porto prevail in Frankfurt
- Basel ease past Maccabi
- Solid Salzburg sail past Ajax
- Spirited Swansea bow to Napoli
- Betis ease to Rubin victory
- Defoe ruled out of Dnipro tie
- Monk salutes Swansea display
- Frankfurt draw with Porto
- Shakhtar held at Plzen
- Yann the man for brave Basle
- Rubin hit back to stun Betis
- Maribor stay in Sevilla tie
- Ajax shocked by super Salzburg
- Superb Swansea hold Napoli
- Sherwood: Pitch was a disgrace
- Valencia too strong for Kiev