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Man. City - Plzeň
4-2
 

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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. City
Plzeň

4

Goals scored

2

53

Possession (%)

47

20

Total attempts

16

9

on target

9

11

off target

7

0

blocked

3

1

against woodwork

0

3

Corners

11

2

Offsides

6

3

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

12

Fouls committed

14

13

Fouls suffered

12

513

Passes

428

375

completed

294

Lineups

man. city

Man. City

plzeň

Plzeň

1Hart (GK)1Kozáčik (GK)
2Richards4Hubník
6Lescott7Hořava
Goal43
7Milner
Yellow Card40
9Tecl
Goal69
8Nasri
Goal65
Substitution75
10Horváth (C)
10Džeko
Goal89
11Petržela
Substitution73
13Kolarov (C)12Ďuriš
Substitution90+1
14Javi García21Procházka
16Agüero
Goal33
Substitution46
26Kolář
Substitution86
25Fernandinho
Substitution64
27Rajtoral
26Demichelis
Yellow Card72
28Čišovský
Yellow Card49

Substitutes

30Pantilimon (GK)13Bolek (GK)
5Zabaleta2Hejda
9Negredo
Substitution75
Goal78
14Řezník
15Jesús Navas
Substitution46
15Wágner
Substitution90+1
38Boyata19Kovařík
Substitution73
42Y. Touré
Substitution64
Yellow Card90+2
23Bakoš
Substitution86
52Huws24Pospíšil

Coaches

Manuel Pellegrini (CHI) Pavel Vrba (CZE)

Referee

Fırat Aydınus (TUR)

Standings

Last updated: 28/11/2013 09:07 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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