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Huntelaar hat-trick earns extra-time triumph

Published: Thursday 23 February 2012, 23.34CET
FC Schalke 04 3-1 FC Viktoria Plzeň (aet, agg: 4-2)
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar struck twice in the second period of extra time after František Rajtoral's late equaliser set up a thrilling finale.
by Paul Curran
from Arena AufSchalke

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Match statistics

SchalkePlzeň

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
1
Attempts off target15
 
1
Corners6
 
6
Offsides3
 
5
Fouls committed13
 
18
Yellow cards3
 
5
Red cards0
1

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Published: Thursday 23 February 2012, 23.34CET

Huntelaar hat-trick earns extra-time triumph

FC Schalke 04 3-1 FC Viktoria Plzeň (aet, agg: 4-2)
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar struck twice in the second period of extra time after František Rajtoral's late equaliser set up a thrilling finale.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored twice in the second half of extra time to complete his hat-trick and set up a return to his homeland where FC Schalke 04 will meet FC Twente in the round of 16.

The Netherlands striker ended FC Viktoria Plzeň's hopes of an upset raised when František Rajtoral cancelled out his early opener two minutes from time. That came despite Marek Bakoš being sent off on the hour, but in the end their hard work was undone by the prolific Dutchman.

Having won all four previous home matches against Czech opposition, there was cause for optimism among the home crowd. Injury ruled out Lars Unnerstall, Schalke's young goalkeeper; however in Timo Hidebrand, a time-served deputy was at hand. Plzeň, meanwhile, were shorn of captain Pavel Horváth through suspension and his absence was felt just eight minutes in.

Julian Draxler's 20-metre drive could only be parried by goalkeeper Marek Čech and Huntelaar pounced from close range to score. If the goal settled the home side's nerves, though, they were soon shaken from any comfort. Milan Petržela sprinted clear on the right before crossing to the far post for Daniel Kolář to send a bullet header against an upright. Despite that scare and without managing to create another genuine scoring chance, Schalke were the more assertive of the two sides.

The balance seemed to have tipped firmly in favour of the Königsblauen when Bakoš was ordered off, judged to have elbowed Kyriakos Papadopoulos. Plzeň appeared down and out until, with the end in sight, Benedikt Höwedes' clearance fell for Rajtoral, who lashed inside the near post.

Yet the ten men of Plzeň were unable to stem the tide. As pressure mounted, Chinedu Obasi's cross was headed in by Huntelaar on 106 minutes and the former AC Milan striker made sure with his third at the death.

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Lineups

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Schalke

plzeň

Plzeň

34
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
24
M. ČechMarek Čech (GK)
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes (C)
6
PilařVáclav Pilař
Yellow Card46
Substitution98 ET
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González
Substitution120 ET
8
LimberskýDavid Limberský (C)
Yellow Card58
12
HögerMarco Höger
Yellow Card23
11
PetrželaMilan Petržela
Substitution65
14
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
15
ŠevinskýFrantišek Ševinský
Yellow Card66
17
FarfánJefferson Farfán
Yellow Card72
Substitution73
16
DaridaVladimír Darida
21
MetzelderChristoph Metzelder
21
ProcházkaVáclav Procházka
23
FuchsChristian Fuchs
23
BakošMarek Bakoš
Red Card60
25
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Goal8
Goal106 ET
Goal120+1 ET
26
KolářDaniel Kolář
Substitution79
31
DraxlerJulian Draxler
Substitution79
27
RajtoralFrantišek Rajtoral
Goal88
Yellow Card102 ET
32
MatipJoel Matip
Yellow Card79
28
ČišovskýMarián Čišovský

Substitutes

33
SchoberMathias Schober (GK)
33
PavlíkRoman Pavlík (GK)
6
HooglandTim Hoogland
5
ĎurišMichal Ďuriš
Substitution65
8
MaricaCiprian Marica
Substitution120 ET
7
TrappPetr Trapp
11
BaumjohannAlexander Baumjohann
Substitution79
13
BergerTomáš Berger
Substitution98 ET
Yellow Card114 ET
19
ObasiChinedu Obasi
Substitution73
14
ŘezníkRadim Řezník
22
UchidaAtsuto Uchida
17
HoraJakub Hora
Substitution79
28
MoritzChristoph Moritz
19
WágnerTomáš Wágner

Coach

Huub Stevens (NED) Pavel Vrba (CZE)

Referee

Alan Kelly (IRL)

Assistant referees

Damien MacGraith (IRL), Marc Douglas (IRL)

Fourth official

Neil Doyle (IRL)

Additional assistant referees

Padraig Sutton (IRL), Tomas Connolly (IRL)

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