FC Žalgiris was two goals up by aggregate, unfortunately, Ludogorets Razgrad was the better side in the second leg, won the second game 4:1 and finished another Champions League campaign for Lithuanian champions.
Razgrad side was better in the second game Photo: Saulius Čirba
On 15 minutes everything looked very promising for Žalgiris – Matija Ljujič made a run into the penalty box and passed the ball to Serge Nyuiadzi, who scored in the second game in a row. Ludogorets players were surprised and for some time confused, however, later Žalgiris defenders and goalkeeper Armantas Vitkauskas had to step up into game more and more often. On 41 minutes Claudiu Keseru found Natanael near the penalty box and Brazilian left back managed to score an equaliser.
In the second half, Ludogorets came back storming and twice sent Žalgiris in a knockdown in a span of just two minutes. On 55 minutes Wanderson's crafty cross was too good Žalgiris defence and the goalkeeper, while just after one minute Keseru smashed the ball past Vitkauskas.
On 74 minutes Romanian international made a double and a feast for the Ludogorets fans. In the third round of Champions League qualifying stage Razgrad side will face up Hapoel Beer Sheva from Israel.
Ludogorets Razgrad 4:1 (1:1) FC Žalgiris
Goals:41 min. Natanael, 55 min. Wanderson, 56 and 74 min. C.Keseru; 15 min. S.Nyuiadzi
Yellow cards:45 min. C.Moti, 70 min. Natanael, 75 min. C.Keseru, 76 min. S.Dyakov; 9 min. E.Vaitkūnas, 56 min. S.Blagojevič, 61 min. D.Slijngard
Ludogorets: J.Broun, Natanael, Lucas Sasha, Anicet, S.Dyakov, J.Cafu (81 min. V.Misidjan), C.Keseru (88 min. J.Lukoki), C.Moti, I.Plastun, Marcelinho, Wanderson (86 min. J.Paulo).
Žalgiris:A.Vitkauskas, D.Slijngard, L.Klimavičius, M.Mbodj, E.Vaitkūnas, S.Blagojevič, M.Kuklys, M.Traore (46 min. B.Atajič), Elivelto, S.Nyuiadzi (66 min. V.Lukša), M.Ljujič (76 min. D.Oyarzun).