Substitute Tomáš Wágner lashed in a 90th-minute winner as FC Viktoria Plzeň stole third place in Group D and a UEFA Europa League spot from right under PFC CSKA Moskva's noses, giving coach Pavel Vrba a dream send-off.
The Russian visitors, needing only a draw, looked home and hosed when Ahmed Musa broke the deadlock midway through the second half. But the dismissal of Alan Dzagoev soon after altered the complexion of the match. Daniel Kolář headed a 76th-minute equaliser to spark a Plzeň onslaught and Wágner found a way through the Army Men defences at the death – though there was still time for Pontus Wernbloom to see red and complete CSKA's misery.
I could not have thought of a better ending to a great five years, coming out on the winning side in such a dramatic game.
Pavel Vrba, Plzeň coach
We should have killed this game off easily. We ran out of steam and concentration to stop our opponents.
Leonid Slutski, CSKA coach
|1||Kozáčik (GK)||35||Akinfeev (GK) (C)|
|13||Bolek (GK)||1||Chepchugov (GK)|
|Pavel Vrba (CZE)||Leonid Slutski (RUS)|
|Damir Skomina (SVN)|
|A||Man. United||Shakhtar Donetsk|