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Europa League - biggest shock?

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Ludogrets have been champions of Bulgaria two years in a row and they finally came made enough progress in the Champions League qualifiers to stay in Europe at the second attempt.

They defeated Slovan Bratislava and Partizan to get into play-offs, but their UEFA Champions League path stopped there after losing to FC Basel, although earned them a right to play in the Europa League.

In the 12-13 season the Bulgarian club didn't succeeded in getting through qualifications. Being stopped by Dinamo Zagreb after conceding an unforgetable goal in the 97th minute which provided the Croatian team next CL phase beating them on aggregate 4-3.

Returning to the 13-14 season, Ludogorets got a rough group where they had to face last year's opponent - Dinamo, also PSV and Ukrainian Chernomorets.

Suprisingly, they've gone through winning five out of six matches which provided them first place in the group, in front of Chernomorets Odessa. PSV disappointed as they ended up third in the group. 

Led by Roman Bezjak, Eagles from Razgrad were facing Lazio. Only one goal in the first match, scored by the Slovenian, was enough for the guests to seal the victory.

The secong leg was a real treat for the neutral fans. Lazio got up in front, just a few second after the first whistle, thanks to Keita Balde. Brayan Perea made it two in the second half, scoring his first goal ever for Biancazzuri.

The Bulgarians didn't lose hope and finally scored in the 67th minute. Again, the scorer was Slovenian Bezjak. 10 minutes after their first goal Zlatinski puts another one into the net for the home team and ties the match. It seemed that the home players will celebrate , but just five minutes after he came in from the bench, Miroslav Klose caused complete shock as he made it 2-3.

One minute before the end of 90 minutes Juninho Quixada reminded us why do we all love football. He scored a goal for a complete comeback of his team giving the fans a reason to celebrate all night.

Their next opponent is Valencia, can they keep on suprising?

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