Ludogorets Centre-Back Saves Two Penalties in Epic Champions League Shootout

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2014


The most dramatic Champions League action of Wednesday evening occurred in Bulgaria, where PFC Ludogorets defeated Steaua Bucuresti in an eventful penalty shootout.

With the aggregate score even after 90 minutes, the match went into extra time.

A spanner was then thrown in the works when Ludogorets goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov was dismissed in the 118th minute for a professional foul on Fernando Varela. 

With all three substitutes already used, central defender Cosmin Moti was forced to go in goal for the resulting penalty shootout.

Against all odds, Moti then became the hero. Not only did he score the first goal for his team, but he proceeded to save two penalties!

Here's the match-winning save, which Moti celebrated by jumping straight into the crowd:

Moti—who is from Romania and played for Steaua's rivals Dimano Bucharest for seven years—helped Ludogorets win the epic shootout 6-5.

As a result of his heroics, the Bulgarian champions will now feature in the Champions League proper for the first time in their history.  

Some rogue Wikipedia editors, meanwhile, wasted no time in updating Moti's profile...