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Moti's exploits propel Ludogorets into group stage
August 28th, 2014 1:17AM
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[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Romanian defender Cosmin Moti got his 15 minutes of fame -- and a big pay day for his Bulgarian club Ludogorets -- when he stepped into goal following the dismissal of his team's goalie late in overtime and proceeded to score the first penalty kick of the shootout and save two opposing spot kicks and send Ludogorets into the group stage of the Champions League for the first time at the expense of Romanian champion Steaua Bucharest.

A 1-0 win in the second leg was enough to erase Steaua's 1-0 lead after Game 1, so it went to overtime, where goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov was sent off in the 120th minute.

The 29-year-old Moti stepped into goal for the shootout, scored on the first shot and then went to work in goal. He stopped Paul Pirvulescu and later stoned Cornel Rapa to give Ludogorets a 6-5 shootout win.

The 32 teams -- 22 automatic qualifiers and 10 playoff winners -- will be drawn into the eight groups at ceremonies on Thursday in Monaco.

Pot 1:
Real Madrid
Bayern Munich
Atletico Madrid

Pot 2:
Schalke 04
Borussia Dortmund
Paris St. Germain
Shakhtar Donetsk
Zenit St. Petersburg
Manchester City

Pot 3:
Bayer Leverkusen
CSKA Moscow
Sporting Lisbon
Athletic Bilbao

Pot 4:
APOEL Nicosia
BATE Borisov

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