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City hold off plucky Plzeň

Published: Wednesday 27 November 2013, 22.50CET
Manchester City FC 4-2 FC Viktoria Plzeň
Eliminated Plzeň equalised twice but already qualified City secured a win which means they can still catch Group D leaders FC Bayern München.
by Simon Hart
from City of Manchester Stadium

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Match statistics

Man. CityPlzeň

Goals scored4
 
2
Possession (%)53
 
47
Total attempts20
 
16
on target9
 
9
off target11
 
7
blocked0
3
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners3
 
11
Offsides2
 
6
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
14
Fouls suffered13
 
12
Passes513
 
428
completed375
 
294

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 19:32 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 27 November 2013, 22.50CET

City hold off plucky Plzeň

Manchester City FC 4-2 FC Viktoria Plzeň
Eliminated Plzeň equalised twice but already qualified City secured a win which means they can still catch Group D leaders FC Bayern München.

Manchester City FC scored two late goals to overcome battling FC Viktoria Plzeň and keep alive their hopes of topping UEFA Champions League Group D.

City led twice through Sergio Agüero and Samir Nasri but each time Plzeň replied as Tomáš Hořava and Stanislav Tecl found the net. With 12 minutes remaining, though, recently introduced substitute Álvaro Negredo arrived at the back post to turn in a low cross by Jesús Navas. Edin Džeko ended any doubt with a late header from James Milner's centre and Plzeň remain without a point.

With City's qualification already secured, there was a subdued mood in the stadium at the start but Nasri produced a rising shot from distance that came back off the crossbar with Matúš Kozáčik beaten. The Frenchman threatened again when teed up by Agüero's far-post cross but he miscued his volley.

Manuel Pellegrini had made seven changes from City's 6-0 weekend defeat of Tottenham Hotspur FC, including a return for Joe Hart in goal. Plzeň spurned a couple of early opportunities to test him, first when František Rajtoral flashed a ball across goal and neither Tecl nor Michal Ďuriš could react. Ďuriš then steered an effort wide after being set up by Daniel Kolář.

Within two minutes of that miss, City were in front as Rajtoral was adjudged to have handled Agüero's cross and the Argentinian tucked away the spot kick. To the delight of the small but noisy band of Czech supporters, Plzeň heads did not drop. By half-time they had something to celebrate as Kolář played in Hořava and the winger struck a superb first-time shot past Hart into the far corner.

Although Kozáčik tipped over a Fernandinho header after the restart, City were back ahead after 65 minutes when Nasri scored with a fine left-foot volley from a Navas centre. To their credit, Plzeň came back again. Kolář drew a flying save from Hart with a long-range drive and then fed Tecl to make it 2-2.

It was a neatly worked goal, Pavel Horváth finding Kolář who laid the ball off to Tecl who stroked low past Hart, but their quest for a point was to be dashed by Negredo and Džeko. While Pavel Vrba's men must now beat PFC CSKA Moskva on 10 December for a chance of third place, City will travel to FC Bayern München, three points ahead, needing a big win of their own to overtake them having lost 3-1 at home.

Last updated: 03/12/13 19.41CET

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Lineups

man. city

Man. City

plzeň

Plzeň

1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
1
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
2
RichardsMicah Richards
4
HubníkRoman Hubník
6
LescottJoleon Lescott
7
HořavaTomáš Hořava
Goal43
7
MilnerJames Milner
Yellow Card40
9
TeclStanislav Tecl
Goal69
8
NasriSamir Nasri
Goal65
Substitution75
10
HorváthPavel Horváth (C)
10
DžekoEdin Džeko
Goal89
11
PetrželaMilan Petržela
Substitution73
13
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov (C)
12
ĎurišMichal Ďuriš
Substitution90+1
14
Javi GarcíaJavi García
21
ProcházkaVáclav Procházka
16
AgüeroSergio Agüero
Goal33
Substitution46
26
KolářDaniel Kolář
Substitution86
25
FernandinhoFernandinho
Substitution64
27
RajtoralFrantišek Rajtoral
26
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
Yellow Card72
28
ČišovskýMarián Čišovský
Yellow Card49

Substitutes

30
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
13
BolekPetr Bolek (GK)
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
2
HejdaLukáš Hejda
9
NegredoÁlvaro Negredo
Substitution75
Goal78
14
ŘezníkRadim Řezník
15
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
Substitution46
15
WágnerTomáš Wágner
Substitution90+1
38
BoyataDedryck Boyata
19
KovaříkJan Kovařík
Substitution73
42
Y. TouréYaya Touré
Substitution64
Yellow Card90+2
23
BakošMarek Bakoš
Substitution86
52
HuwsEmyr Huws
24
PospíšilMartin Pospíšil

Coach

Manuel Pellegrini (CHI) Pavel Vrba (CZE)

Referee

Fırat Aydınus (TUR)

Assistant referees

Serkan Ok (TUR), Alek Tascioglu (TUR)

Fourth official

Çem Satman (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Mete Kalkavan (TUR), Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)

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