Champions League - Qualifying First Round - 1st Leg
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Champions League: Ludogorets Razgrad 7-0 Crusaders

Crues Ludogorets
Crusaders were well beaten by the Bulgarian champions

Substitute Jacub Swierczok scored a seven-minute hat-trick as Bulgarian champions Ludogorets dominated Crusaders in Razgrad.

The north Belfast side produced a defensively resolute first-half performance but could not keep up with their opponents after the break.

Ludogorets reached the last 32 of last season's Europa League.

The sides will meet in the return leg of the Champions League qualifier tie next Tuesday at Seaview.

It was always going to be a difficult task for the Crues against a side who have won seven consecutive domestic titles.

Ludogorets dominated possession throughout but did not force Sean O'Neill into a save until the 24th minute when he dived low to deny Marcelinho.

However it was the Bulgarian international who opened the scoring just minutes later with a smart turn and finish.

Rodney Brown's scuffed attempted clearance doubled Ludogorets' lead before half-time.

Crusaders, who were without Ulster Footballer of the Year Gavin Whyte, struggled to make an impact in the opposition half.

The visitors did come close to grabbing an away goal when Kyle Owens and Howard Beverland had headers cleared off the line.

However Ludogorets remained in control of proceedings throughout and Keseru nodded in a third shortly after the interval before Marcelinho's low drive found the bottom corner.

Swierczok made use of his fresh legs against a tiring Crues defence by notching an emphatic hat-trick between the 73rd and 80th minute.

Line-ups

Ludogorets

  • 33dos Santos
  • 28KeseruBooked at 6minsSubstituted forSwierczokat 68'minutes
  • 18Dyakov
  • 4Gusmao
  • 6Batista Pimienta
  • 93Misidjan
  • 84Nascimento da Costa
  • 10CampanharoSubstituted forPacheco Affiniat 64'minutes
  • 30Moti
  • 90Forster
  • 88Cristaldo FariasSubstituted forLukokiat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Broun
  • 5Terziev
  • 8Pacheco Affini
  • 25Panov
  • 37da Silva Araujo
  • 70Swierczok
  • 92Lukoki

Crusaders

  • 1O'Neill
  • 10CarvillSubstituted forClarkeat 76'minutes
  • 2BurnsBooked at 14mins
  • 12CaddellBooked at 7minsSubstituted forOwensat 59'minutes
  • 4BeverlandBooked at 36mins
  • 14ForsytheBooked at 83mins
  • 7Lowry
  • 22HeatleySubstituted forGlackinat 75'minutes
  • 18Owens
  • 19Snoddy
  • 20Brown

Substitutes

  • 9Glackin
  • 11Cushley
  • 15Holden
  • 16Owens
  • 17Ruddy
  • 25Clarke
  • 26Doherty
Referee:
Dumitru Muntean
Attendance:
4,597

Live Text

Match ends, Ludogorets Razgrad 7, Crusaders FC 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ludogorets Razgrad 7, Crusaders FC 0.

Booking

Jordan Forsythe (Crusaders FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Ludogorets Razgrad 7, Crusaders FC 0. Jakub Swierczok (Ludogorets Razgrad) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Ludogorets Razgrad 6, Crusaders FC 0. Jakub Swierczok (Ludogorets Razgrad) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Ludogorets Razgrad. Jody Lukoki replaces Wanderson.

Substitution

Substitution, Crusaders FC. Ross Clarke replaces Michael Carvill.

Substitution

Substitution, Crusaders FC. Jamie Glackin replaces Paul Heatley.

Goal!

Goal! Ludogorets Razgrad 5, Crusaders FC 0. Jakub Swierczok (Ludogorets Razgrad) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Ludogorets Razgrad. Jakub Swierczok replaces Claudiu Keseru.

Goal!

Goal! Ludogorets Razgrad 4, Crusaders FC 0. Marcelinho (Ludogorets Razgrad) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Ludogorets Razgrad. Sasha replaces Gustavo Campanharo.

Substitution

Substitution, Crusaders FC. Kyle Owens replaces Declan Caddell.

Goal!

Goal! Ludogorets Razgrad 3, Crusaders FC 0. Claudiu Keseru (Ludogorets Razgrad) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Ludogorets Razgrad 2, Crusaders FC 0.

Half Time

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

Goal!

Own Goal by Rodney Brown, Crusaders FC. Ludogorets Razgrad 2, Crusaders FC 0.

Booking

Howard Beverland (Crusaders FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Ludogorets Razgrad 1, Crusaders FC 0. Marcelinho (Ludogorets Razgrad) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Booking

Billy Joe Burns (Crusaders FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Declan Caddell (Crusaders FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Claudiu Keseru (Ludogorets Razgrad) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 11th July 2018

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A

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3CSKA Moscow6303810-29
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B

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2Bayern Munich6501136715
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C

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D

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E

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3Spartak Moscow6132913-46
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F

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G

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H

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