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Plzeň pegged back by predatory Huntelaar

Published: Thursday 16 February 2012, 20.53CET
FC Viktoria Plzeň 1-1 FC Schalke 04
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar equalised with 15 minutes remaining to deny the Czech champions a notable first-leg victory in this round of 32 tie.
Plzeň pegged back by predatory Huntelaar
Schalke's Julian Draxler (left) stops František Rajtoral in his tracks ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PlzeňSchalke

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners11
 
7
Offsides1
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 16 February 2012, 20.53CET

Plzeň pegged back by predatory Huntelaar

FC Viktoria Plzeň 1-1 FC Schalke 04
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar equalised with 15 minutes remaining to deny the Czech champions a notable first-leg victory in this round of 32 tie.

FC Schalke 04 will host FC Viktoria Plzeň in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie with the advantage of an away goal thanks to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's second-half equaliser.

A 22nd-minute volley from Vladimír Darida seemed set to give Plzeň a narrow lead to defend in the return next Thursday as Schalke struggled to fashion clear openings. Huntelaar, however, tilted the tie in the Gelsenkirchen team's favour with a predatory strike with a quarter of an hour left.

A vibrant start from Plzeň − playing their first competitive fixture since a 2-2 draw with AC Milan on UEFA Champions League matchday six − gave way to Huntelaar forcing a save from Marek Čech. He warmed the goalkeeper's palms again after getting ahead of Marián Čišovský.

The Czech title holders forced a flurry of corners in the first quarter and from their fourth Darida opened the scoring. Unmarked, the Czech Under-21 international applied a left-footed volley to Pavel Horváth's chip to the edge of the penalty area.

With full-backs František Rajtoral and David Limberský pushing on, Schalke had plenty to contend with. It took a flying Lars Unnerstall save three minutes before the break to prevent Rajtoral doubling the lead following another short corner.

The only Schalke player to carry a threat before the interval, Huntelaar was on the prowl again five minutes into the second half only for Čech to smother. Plzeň responded with Milan Petržela, having exchanged passes with Daniel Kolář, bringing the best out of Unnerstall and Marek Bakoš seeing an effort deflected over.

If any player was going to draw the Bundesliga visitors level, though, it was Huntelaar, and he did not disappoint. With 15 minutes remaining, the Dutch international was in the right place to touch in the loose ball after Jefferson Farfán's stabbed shot struck fellow substitute Ciprian Marica.

Last updated: 18/02/12 0.15CET

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Lineups

plzeň

Plzeň

schalke

Schalke

24
M. ČechMarek Čech (GK)
36
UnnerstallLars Unnerstall (GK)
6
PilařVáclav Pilař
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes (C)
8
LimberskýDavid Limberský
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González
Substitution69
10
HorváthPavel Horváth (C)
Yellow Card86
12
HögerMarco Höger
11
PetrželaMilan Petržela
Substitution66
13
JonesJermaine Jones
16
DaridaVladimír Darida
Goal22
14
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
21
ProcházkaVáclav Procházka
19
ObasiChinedu Obasi
Yellow Card59
Substitution62
23
BakošMarek Bakoš
Substitution80
23
FuchsChristian Fuchs
Yellow Card84
26
KolářDaniel Kolář
Substitution89
25
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Goal75
27
RajtoralFrantišek Rajtoral
31
DraxlerJulian Draxler
28
ČišovskýMarián Čišovský
32
MatipJoel Matip

Substitutes

33
PavlíkRoman Pavlík (GK)
34
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
5
ĎurišMichal Ďuriš
Substitution66
6
HooglandTim Hoogland
7
TrappPetr Trapp
8
MaricaCiprian Marica
Substitution69
13
BergerTomáš Berger
Substitution80
17
FarfánJefferson Farfán
Substitution62
14
ŘezníkRadim Řezník
18
JuradoJosé Manuel Jurado
15
ŠevinskýFrantišek Ševinský
21
MetzelderChristoph Metzelder
19
WágnerTomáš Wágner
Substitution89
28
MoritzChristoph Moritz

Coach

Pavel Vrba (CZE) Huub Stevens (NED)

Referee

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Assistant referees

Eric Dansault (FRA), Frédéric Cano (FRA)

Fourth official

Antony Gautier (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Fredy Fautrel (FRA), Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

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