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Plzeň secure late draw with Milan to end on a high

Published: Tuesday 6 December 2011, 23.05CET
FC Viktoria Plzeň 2-2 AC Milan
Heading for defeat but nevertheless assured of third in Group H, Plzeň scored two late goals to go into the UEFA Europa League on a high.
by Ian Holyman
from Eden Stadium

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Match statistics

PlzeňMilan

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
7
Attempts off target13
 
5
Corners8
 
2
Offsides5
 
1
Fouls committed18
 
9
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)44
 
56

Standings

Group H

PPts
1FC Barcelona Barcelona616
2AC Milan Milan69
3FC Viktoria Plzeň Plzeň65
4FC BATE Borisov BATE62
Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:42 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 6 December 2011, 23.05CET

Plzeň secure late draw with Milan to end on a high

FC Viktoria Plzeň 2-2 AC Milan
Heading for defeat but nevertheless assured of third in Group H, Plzeň scored two late goals to go into the UEFA Europa League on a high.

FK Viktoria Plzeň gave coach Pavel Vrba a 48th birthday to remember as substitute Michal Ďuriš struck three minutes into added time to earn a 2-2 draw with AC Milan.

Milan arrived in Prague assured of second in Group H, and though fortunate not to be behind at the break, they slipped into the groove two minutes after the restart, going 2-0 up in the space of 60 scintillating seconds through Pato and Robinho.

Plzeň, though, revived hope through David Bystroň's 89th-minute goal before Ďuriš's dramatic strike earned the Czech champions a deserved point. They will be in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 draw on 16 December after finishing third in the section, three points ahead of FC BATE Borisov.

Vrba had fallen off his chair before his pre-match press conference, and his team had him out of his perch in the dugout with the most positive of starts. Their penetrative running and incisive passing posed Milan untold worry, though it was a wonderful Václav Pilař attempt, direct from Pavel Horváth's corner, that came closest to giving the hosts reward for their enterprise.

An ankle injury to Petr Jiráček that forced the Czech international off did little to diminish the hosts' elan, and a clever Horváth pass released Pilař behind the visiting back four only for his finishing skills to desert him. Marián Čišovský then connected cleanly with a corner only to head narrowly wide.

With their destiny decided before kick-off and their starting lineup shorn of nine players that lost to FC Barcelona on matchday five, it was unsurprising Milan were uncharacteristically disjointed. That, though, quickly changed after the interval. Massimo Ambrosini's diagonal ball was chested down by Robinho and Pato darted in ahead of Čišovský before rounding Marek Čech to put the visitors in front.

Within a minute, the pair repeated the feat. Čišovský's poor header was pounced upon, and a quick exchange of passes led to Robinho clipping the ball into an empty net. The remarkable shift in momentum could have been yet more brutal for Plzeň had a powerful Pato shot not ended with the ball ricocheting off a post.

Plzeň refound their composure, though, and Milan Petržela and Ďuriš both struck the woodwork before Bystroň reduced the deficit after unselfish play from Marek Bakoš. Then, with the last kick of the game, Ďuriš turned past Philippe Mexès to fire beyond Marco Amelia and spark wild celebrations from home players and fans.

Last updated: 27/11/12 4.11CET

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Lineups

plzeň

Plzeň

milan

Milan

24
M. ČechMarek Čech (GK)
1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
6
PilařVáclav Pilař
Substitution84
2
TaiwoTaye Taiwo
Substitution90
8
LimberskýDavid Limberský
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
10
HorváthPavel Horváth (C)
7
PatoPato
Goal47
11
PetrželaMilan Petržela
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
18
BystroňDavid Bystroň
Goal89
22
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
Substitution40
20
JiráčekPetr Jiráček
Substitution28
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini (C)
Yellow Card11
23
BakošMarek Bakoš
Yellow Card90+2
25
BoneraDaniele Bonera
26
KolářDaniel Kolář
Substitution67
28
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
27
RajtoralFrantišek Rajtoral
52
De SciglioMattia De Sciglio
28
ČišovskýMarián Čišovský
70
RobinhoRobinho
Goal48
Substitution81

Substitutes

33
PavlíkRoman Pavlík (GK)
30
RomaFlavio Roma (GK)
5
ĎurišMichal Ďuriš
Substitution67
Yellow Card86
Goal90+3
11
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
9
FilloMartin Fillo
19
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
Substitution90
14
ŘezníkRadim Řezník
20
AbateIgnazio Abate
15
ŠevinskýFrantišek Ševinský
33
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva
Substitution40
16
DaridaVladimír Darida
Substitution28
34
CristanteBryan Cristante
Substitution81
17
HoraJakub Hora
Substitution84
76
YepesMario Yepes

Coach

Pavel Vrba (CZE) Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)

Referee

István Vad (HUN)

Assistant referees

György Ring (HUN), Robert Kispal (HUN)

Fourth official

Tamás Bognar (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Mihaly Fabian (HUN), Sandor Szabo (HUN)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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