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Ďuriš strike gives Plzeň breathing space

Published: Tuesday 20 August 2013, 22.50CET
FC Viktoria Plzeň 3-1 NK Maribor
The Czech champions will take a two-goal advantage into their play-off second leg in Slovenia thanks to an 89th-minute goal by Michal Ďuriš.
by Ondrej Zlamal
from Štruncovy Sady Stadión

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Match statistics

PlzeňMaribor

Goals scored3
 
1
Possession (%)45
 
55
Total attempts16
 
12
on target9
 
6
off target7
 
6
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners10
 
1
Offsides2
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
11
Fouls suffered8
 
16
Passes447
 
613
completed338
 
504

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 20 August 2013, 22.50CET

Ďuriš strike gives Plzeň breathing space

FC Viktoria Plzeň 3-1 NK Maribor
The Czech champions will take a two-goal advantage into their play-off second leg in Slovenia thanks to an 89th-minute goal by Michal Ďuriš.

FC Viktoria Plzeň will head into their play-off second leg at NK Maribor with a two-goal advantage over their Slovenian counterparts after a late Michal Ďuriš strike swung the tie strongly in their favour. 

The 2011/12 UEFA Champions League group stage contenders looked well placed when defender Marián Čišovský hit his fifth goal in qualifying in the eighth minute and Vladimír Darida doubled the advantage after the interval. Ante Čačić's men kept themselves in the contest courtesy of Aleš Mejač's beautifully struck away goal, but the two-goal lead was restored as substitute Ďuriš scored in the 89th minute.

With both teams undefeated at the top of their domestic leagues after five games, each had reason for confidence yet it was home goalkeeper Matúš Kozáčik who was forced into action first, repelling a sharp shot from Goran Cvijanovič.

The hosts quickly found their stride, however, and forced a flurry of corners, the fourth of which was fired back across goal by Darida for Čišovský to turn the ball into the corner at the back post. Darida thumped a header over shortly after, Milan Petržela had a drive saved at the near post, and prolific defender Čišovský saw a downward header bounce over the bar from yet another corner as Plzeň pushed hard for a second.

The visitors were unable to get their attacking game going and it appeared their chances of a first group stage appearance since 1999/2000 were slipping away when Darida timed his run perfectly to connect with Jan Kovařík's low cross from the left after 58 minutes.

With Maribor struggling to break down the home defence it appeared something special was needed to get them back into the tie, and it arrived through Mejač in the 66th minute, as the midfielder controlled a clearance with his first touch before driving a spectacular effort from distance into the corner of the net with his second.

Pavel Vrba's hosts reacted strongly, pushing to restore their advantage as Ďuriš and Petržela both fired off target. Eventually, the former gave his side a precious two-goal cushion for next Wednesday's return, guiding in František Rajtoral's cross in the dying moments.

Last updated: 05/09/13 6.16CET

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Lineups

plzeň

Plzeň

maribor

Maribor

1
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
33
J. HandanovičJasmin Handanovič (GK)
7
HořavaTomáš Hořava
Yellow Card75
6
MilecMartin Milec
Substitution85
8
LimberskýDavid Limberský
7
MejačAleš Mejač
Goal66
10
HorváthPavel Horváth (C)
9
TavaresTavares (C)
11
PetrželaMilan Petržela
Substitution77
10
IbraimiAgim Ibraimi
Substitution88
14
ŘezníkRadim Řezník
20
CvijanovičGoran Cvijanovič
Yellow Card34
15
WágnerTomáš Wágner
Substitution63
22
PotokarNejc Potokar
16
DaridaVladimír Darida
Goal58
Substitution87
26
RajčevičAleksander Rajčevič
19
KovaříkJan Kovařík
28
VilerMitja Viler
21
ProcházkaVáclav Procházka
39
BoharDamjan Bohar
28
ČišovskýMarián Čišovský
Goal8
70
MerteljAleš Mertelj

Substitutes

13
BolekPetr Bolek (GK)
12
PridigarMarko Pridigar (GK)
2
HejdaLukáš Hejda
14
MendyJean-Philippe Mendy
Substitution88
5
HanousekMarek Hanousek
17
FajićNusmir Fajić
9
TeclStanislav Tecl
Substitution87
21
DerviševičAmir Derviševič
Substitution85
12
ĎurišMichal Ďuriš
Substitution63
Yellow Card80
Goal89
24
TrajkovskiDejan Trajkovski
23
BakošMarek Bakoš
45
MevljaNejc Mevlja
27
RajtoralFrantišek Rajtoral
Substitution77
92
ČrnicMatic Črnic

Coach

Pavel Vrba (CZE) Ante Čačić (CRO)

Referee

Olegário Benquerença (POR)

Assistant referees

Ricardo Santos (POR), João Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Nuno Pereira (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Artur Dias (POR), Carlos Xistra (POR)

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