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Plzeň supplant BATE in race for Europa League spot

Published: Wednesday 23 November 2011, 20.51CET
FC BATE Borisov 0-1 FC Viktoria Plzeň
The Czech champions are poised to finish third in Group H after Marek Bakoš' 42nd-minute strike brought reward for an enterprising performance.

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Match statistics

BATEPlzeň

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target4
 
8
Attempts off target11
 
7
Corners7
 
11
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed13
 
12
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)60
 
40

Standings

Group H

PPts
1FC Barcelona Barcelona513
2AC Milan Milan58
3FC Viktoria Plzeň Plzeň54
4FC BATE Borisov BATE52
Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:42 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 23 November 2011, 20.51CET

Plzeň supplant BATE in race for Europa League spot

FC BATE Borisov 0-1 FC Viktoria Plzeň
The Czech champions are poised to finish third in Group H after Marek Bakoš' 42nd-minute strike brought reward for an enterprising performance.

FC Viktoria Plzeň's European campaign looks set to continue into the new year after a 1-0 victory allowed them to leapfrog FC BATE Borisov in Group H.

With AC Milan and FC Barcelona already through to the UEFA Champions League knockout stages, this was effectively a shoot-out for third and a UEFA Europa League spot. BATE had been in the box seat but were supplanted after an enterprising Plzeň performance that brought its reward when Marek Bakoš fired in on 42 minutes.

With so much at stake both teams could have been forgiven a tentative start but there was nothing of the sort. The game was just two minutes old when Václav Pilař carved out a fine chance, exchanging passes with Daniel Kolář and slaloming past Aleksandr Yurevich before aiming a shot towards the far corner.

The alert Aleksandr Gutor palmed away, grateful the ball fell to a yellow shirt; but Plzeň had served notice of their intent. Kolář, their midfield pivot, exemplified the approach. A waspish presence off the ball, hurrying and harrying, when possession changed hands he immediately sought to release Bakoš, Milan Petržela and Pilař on the break.

By half-time the tactic had earned nine corners to BATE's one and, more importantly, the opening goal. Petržela was the instigator, outstripping Marko Simić on the inside right channel before pulling the ball back to Bakoš. Three metres out, with six goals in his last seven games, the man coach Pavel Vrba had warned was in "brilliant form" duly converted.

BATE, who had mustered a solitary effort dragged wide by Renan Bressan until then, flickered into life. It took a committed David Bystroň block to keep the Belarusian champions at bay before the break, though a half-time rejig from Vrba ensured the visitors were rarely so exposed after the restart.

Maksim Bordachev's cross grazed the bar after Marek Čech flapped at a high ball, but for the most part it was Plzeň, on the counterattack, who posed the greater threat. Gutor stood up tall when František Rajtoral and Kolář were sent through, but the hosts could not make them pay for their profligacy.

BATE will travel to Barcelona in a fortnight needing victory to have any hope of avoiding the wooden spoon; Plzeň's maiden UEFA Champions League win means a draw at home to Milan would make it academic.

Last updated: 27/11/12 6.11CET

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Lineups

bate

BATE

plzeň

Plzeň

30
GutorAleksandr Gutor (GK)
24
M. ČechMarek Čech (GK)
5
YurevichAleksandr Yurevich (C)
6
PilařVáclav Pilař
Substitution90
7
KontsevoiArtem Kontsevoi
Substitution75
8
LimberskýDavid Limberský
8
A. VolodkoAleksandr Volodko
10
HorváthPavel Horváth (C)
10
Renan BressanRenan Bressan
11
PetrželaMilan Petržela
Substitution83
15
SkavyshMaksim Skavysh
Substitution77
15
ŠevinskýFrantišek Ševinský
17
PavlovAleksandr Pavlov
Yellow Card62
Substitution69
18
BystroňDavid Bystroň
Yellow Card35
18
BordachevMaksim Bordachev
20
JiráčekPetr Jiráček
21
FilipenkoEgor Filipenko
23
BakošMarek Bakoš
Goal42
Yellow Card72
Substitution79
22
SimićMarko Simić
26
KolářDaniel Kolář
25
BagaDmitri Baga
27
RajtoralFrantišek Rajtoral

Substitutes

35
ChesnovskiPavel Chesnovski (GK)
33
PavlíkRoman Pavlík (GK)
2
LikhtarovichDmitri Likhtarovich
5
ĎurišMichal Ďuriš
Substitution79
11
GordeychukMikhail Gordeychuk
Substitution69
9
FilloMartin Fillo
Substitution83
14
RadkovArtem Radkov
12
KrmenčikMichael Krmenčik
23
OlekhnovichEdgar Olekhnovich
14
ŘezníkRadim Řezník
Substitution90
77
RudikFilipp Rudik
Substitution75
16
DaridaVladimír Darida
99
KežmanMateja Kežman
Substitution77
17
HoraJakub Hora

Coach

Viktor Goncharenko (BLR) Pavel Vrba (CZE)

Referee

Kevin Blom (NED)

Assistant referees

Nicky Siebert (NED), Patrick Langkamp (NED)

Fourth official

Tom van Sichem (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Danny Makkelie (NED), Peter Janssen (NED)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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