Oct 22, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Ludogorets Arena
LudogoretsLudogorets Razgrad
Minev (91')
Minev (24'), Moti (86'), Espinho (93')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Xhaka (44'), Gonzalez (45'), Embolo (67'), Frei (85'), Schar (93')
Die (18')

Half-Time Report: Ludogorets Razgrad goalless with 10-man Basel

Basel go into half time level with Ludogorets Razgrad, but must play the rest of the game with 10 men in Bulgaria.

Ludogorets Razgrad are level at half time in their Champions League clash with Basel, but the Swiss side face a further 45 minutes with only 10 men after an early sending-off in Bulgaria.

Referee Deniz Aytekin shows a red card to Basel's midfielder Geoffroy Serey Die during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Ludogorets Razgrad and FC Basel 1893 at the Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia on October 22, 2014© Getty Images

The Eagles, unbowed by a defeat in their last game against Real Madrid, tried to make an early breakthrough when Dani Abalo found Marcelinho, but the forward shot was kept out by Tomas Vaclik.

Basel were on the attack within seconds and almost took the lead themselves through Breel Embolo only for Vladislav Stoyanov to make a good save.

However, the Swiss side's chances were hindered by Serey Die's early sending-off for what was deemed to be serious foul play by referee Deniz Aytekin, although replays suggest that the midfielder was unlucky to receive a straight red card.

Ludogorets almost made their one-man advantage count midway through the half when Mihail Aleksandrov's cross reached Roman Bezjak, who saw his subsequent shot blocked by the visitors' defence.

Basel didn't look to retreat after the loss of Die and had an opportunity to nick a goal on 27 minutes but Derlis Gonzalez was tipped away as his drive headed towards the top corner.

Later in the half, the Bulgarian side again threatened to break the deadlock as Fabio Espinho unleashed right-footed strike from the edge of the box that almost crept inside Vaclik's post.

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