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Plzeň plot way past FCK for group stage berth

Published: Monday 8 August 2011, 11.45CET
FC København got to the round of 16 last season and to have any chance of a repeat must overcome Czech champions FC Viktoria Plzeň, who are bidding to reach the group stage for the first time.
Plzeň plot way past FCK for group stage berth
København players celebrate their third qualifying round victory against Shamrock Rovers ©Sportsfile

Tournament statistics

KøbenhavnPlzeň

Goals scored5
 
18
Attempts on target19
 
43
Attempts off target31
 
45
Corners27
 
37
Offsides3
 
10
Fouls committed52
 
76
Yellow cards8
 
11
Red cards0
 
0
 
Published: Monday 8 August 2011, 11.45CET

Plzeň plot way past FCK for group stage berth

FC København got to the round of 16 last season and to have any chance of a repeat must overcome Czech champions FC Viktoria Plzeň, who are bidding to reach the group stage for the first time.

FC København reached the UEFA Champions League round of 16 in 2010/11, but could have their work cut out to make it through to this season's group stage against a fearless FC Viktoria Plzeň side.

Previous meetings
• The teams have never played in UEFA competition and this is Plzeň's first meeting with Danish opponents.

• FCK have been paired with Czech sides on three previous occasions. Kjøbenhavns BK, one of the clubs that merged to form FCK in 1992, lost 6-1 on aggregate to FC Baník Ostrava in the 1983/84 UEFA Cup first round, while FCK went down 7-2 over two legs to FC Hradec Králové in the first round of the 1995/96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

• While FCK have thus lost both previous two-legged ties against Czech sides, in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League group stage they beat AC Sparta Praha 1-0 at home and 3-0 in Prague, Dame N'Doye scoring three of those goals.

• The Danish club are also unbeaten in those three home games, drawing with Baník (1-1) and Hradec Králové (2-2) before beating Sparta.

Match background
• FCK have neither lost nor conceded a goal in three European fixtures since losing 2-0 at home against Chelsea FC in last season's round of 16.

• That defeat is the only time that København have lost in their last seven European home games, which also include five wins and a 1-1 draw against FC Barcelona.

• Prior to this season Plzeň had never won a European game away from home, going down 6-1 at FC Bayern München in the first round of the 1971/72 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and 3-0 at Beşiktaş JK in last season's UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.

• Plzeň are unbeaten in three European home games under Pavel Vrba  having lost only their first continental fixture, a 1-0 defeat by Bayern in September 1971. They drew 1-1 with Beşiktaş in July 2010.

• Prior to their 2-0 win at Shamrock Rovers FC in this season's third qualifying round, when completed a 3-0 aggregate success, København had gone three games without scoring an away European goal.

• The Lions are aiming to build on last season's achievement of becoming the first Danish club to qualify for the round of 16, where they lost 2-0 on aggregate to Chelsea.

• Their previous group stage incursion came in 2006/07, when they collected seven points against Celtic FC, Manchester United FC and SL Benfica but still finished bottom of their section.

• København also participated in the 1993/94 UEFA Champions League, eliminating Linfield FC but succumbing 7-0 over two legs to eventual champions AC Milan in the second round.

• Plzeň are by far the most inexperienced side in the play-offs; this is only their third season in Europe and they have never appeared in the group stage of a UEFA club competition.

• The Czech titleholders have impressed in their maiden UEFA Champions League campaign, surpassing their second qualifying round success against FC Pyunik (4-0 away, 5-1 home) by eliminating Rosenborg BK (1-0 away, 3-2 home) in the following round.

Team ties
• København coach Roland Nilsson faced Czech opponents at the start of his playing career. The former Sweden defender's IFK Göteborg came up against SK Sigma Olomouc in the 1986/87 UEFA Cup, drawing 1-1 away and winning 4-0 at home.

• Plzeň midfielder Pavel Horváth was in the Sparta side that drew 0-0 home and away against Odense BK in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup first round then won the tie 4-3 on penalties, Horváth scoring the first of them.

Last updated: 14/08/11 18.46CET

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