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Plzeň earn comeback win against Académica

Published: Thursday 20 September 2012, 21.08CET
FC Viktoria Plzeň 3-1 A. Académica de Coimbra
Pavel Vrba's men were forced to come from a goal behind, but three second-half headers secured a deserved opening win.
Plzeň earn comeback win against Académica
Michal Ďuriš is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring for Plzeň ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PlzeňAcadémica

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target2
 
3
Corners7
 
1
Offsides11
 
2
Fouls committed7
 
17
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 22/10/2012 09:53 CET

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Published: Thursday 20 September 2012, 21.08CET

Plzeň earn comeback win against Académica

FC Viktoria Plzeň 3-1 A. Académica de Coimbra
Pavel Vrba's men were forced to come from a goal behind, but three second-half headers secured a deserved opening win.

A trio of second-half headers secured FC Viktoria Plzeň an opening UEFA Europa League Group B victory as they were forced to come from behind against a dogged A. Académica de Coimbra side.

Following a 40-year absence from European competition, it took Académica time to find their feet, but they soaked up intense early pressure before shocking the hosts when Wilson Eduardo finished off a sweeping counterattack. The home side hit the woodwork in response, before second-half strikes from Pavel Horváth, Michal Ďuriš and František Rajtoral rounded off a commanding display.

Plzeň defeated AC Sparta Praha at the weekend to go top of the table in the Czech Republic, and they transferred their strong domestic form into European competition early on as Jakub Hora and František Rajtoral went close. Horváth's free-kick then troubled Ricardo, but the Portuguese Cup winners burst into life in the 19th minute. With their first foray into Plzeň's final third, Salim Cissé streaked clear on the left and crossed low for Eduardo to tap in.

The home team almost responded immediately when Václav Procházka thumped a header against the bar before the break. However, Pavel Vrba's men had to wait less than a minute after the restart to draw level, as Vladimír Darida's corner was turned in by Horváth, with Ricardo fumbling into the net under pressure from Hora.

Twelve minutes later, Ďuriš – scorer of five goals in six UEFA Europa League qualifying games – powered in a near-post header to put Plzeň in front. The points were then wrapped up with ten minutes remaining as Rajtoral made a telling connection to Marek Hanousek's floated left-wing cross.

Last updated: 22/09/12 0.16CET

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Lineups

plzeň

Plzeň

académica

Académica

1
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
Yellow Card88
12
RicardoRicardo (GK)
5
HanousekMarek Hanousek
4
FerreiraFlávio Ferreira (C)
8
LimberskýDavid Limberský
5
HallicheRafik Halliche
Yellow Card21
Substitution47
10
HorváthPavel Horváth (C)
Goal46
Yellow Card49
6
KeitaAlphousseyni Keita
Substitution63
12
ĎurišMichal Ďuriš
Goal58
Substitution76
7
MarinhoMarinho
14
ŘezníkRadim Řezník
8
MakeleleMakelele
Substitution73
16
DaridaVladimír Darida
22
Rodrigo GaloRodrigo Galo
17
HoraJakub Hora
Substitution61
26
NivaldoNivaldo
21
ProcházkaVáclav Procházka
28
Wilson EduardoWilson Eduardo
Goal19
27
RajtoralFrantišek Rajtoral
Goal80
Substitution90+2
35
Reiner FerreiraReiner Ferreira
28
ČišovskýMarián Čišovský
92
S. CisséSalim Cissé
Yellow Card50

Substitutes

13
BolekPetr Bolek (GK)
1
PeiserRomuald Peiser (GK)
2
HejdaLukáš Hejda
2
DiasJoão Dias
7
ZemanMartin Zeman
Substitution61
3
Júnior Lopes Júnior Lopes
11
FilloMartin Fillo
Substitution76
14
Bruno ChinaBruno China
Substitution47
15
ŠevinskýFrantišek Ševinský
30
OguJohn Ogu
Substitution63
Yellow Card82
22
MalakyanEdgar Malakyan
Substitution90+2
36
EdinhoEdinho
Substitution73
Yellow Card78
29
ŠtípekDavid Štípek
77
AfonsoAfonso

Coach

Pavel Vrba (CZE) Pedro Emanuel (POR)

Referee

Hannes Kaasik (EST)

Assistant referees

Jaanus Mutli (EST), Dmitri Vinogradov (EST)

Fourth official

Silver Koiv (EST)

Additional assistant referees

Kristo Tohver (EST), Eiko Saar (EST)

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