A burst of three goals in ten second-half minutes swept Manchester City FC to victory at FK Viktoria Plzeň that gave the Premier League club the ideal start to Group D.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini turned 60 the day before the game, and his players presented him with the perfect gift in the Czech Republic. Though frustrated in the first half, Pellegrini's new side cut loose after the break with Edin Džeko, Yaya Touré and Sergio Agüero all finding the net in quick succession to inflict Plzeň's first defeat in 15 competitive games this season.
We imagined it differently. We knew City's quality and it certainly showed on the pitch but I think our mistakes made it easier for them.
Jan Kovařík, Plzeň midfielder
In the first half we had chances to score, but in the second half we played really well. We played with movement and we were able to create space.
Manuel Pellegrini, City manager
|1||Kozáčik (GK)||1||Hart (GK)|
|13||Bolek (GK)||30||Pantilimon (GK)|
|Pavel Vrba (CZE)||Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)|
|Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)|
|A||Real Sociedad||Shakhtar Donetsk|