Joaquin becomes oldest Europa League scorer after strike against Ludogorets

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Real Betis veteran Joaquin marked his name in Europa League history after becoming the oldest scorer in the competition with a first-half strike against Ludogorets.

Manuel Pellegrini's side were ahead after 25 minutes on Thursday following Luiz Henrique's header from Juan Miranda's cross.

Captain Joaquin doubled Betis' advantage six minutes before the break, drifting in from the left to curl a wonderful effort into the top-right corner past Sergio Padt.

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That strike made Joaquin, aged 41 years and 56 days old, the oldest player to score in the Europa League, surpassing Molde's Daniel Hestad after his goal against Celtic in November 2015.

Kiril Despodov pulled one back for Ludogorets before the break, though Betis restored their two-goal lead after Sergio Canales found the net in the 59th minute.

Ludogorets substitute Rick responded with 16 minutes remaining to tee up an enticing conclusion, but Betis held on for a 3-2 victory to remain as the early Group C pacesetters with two wins in as many games.