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Rodríguez rocket extends Atlético's winning streak

Published: Thursday 4 October 2012, 23.10CET
Club Atlético de Madrid 1-0 FC Viktoria Plzeň
Cristian Rodríguez's stoppage-time strike extended the Rojiblancos' sequence of victories in UEFA club competitions to 15 matches. 
Rodríguez rocket extends Atlético's winning streak
Cristian Rodríguez enjoys his dramatic winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AtléticoPlzeň

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
1
Attempts off target6
 
2
Corners6
 
5
Offsides0
2
Fouls committed7
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 22/10/2012 01:13 CET

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Published: Thursday 4 October 2012, 23.10CET

Rodríguez rocket extends Atlético's winning streak

Club Atlético de Madrid 1-0 FC Viktoria Plzeň
Cristian Rodríguez's stoppage-time strike extended the Rojiblancos' sequence of victories in UEFA club competitions to 15 matches. 

Cristian Rodríguez powered in the winner in added time as Club Atlético de Madrid took firm control of UEFA Europa League Group B with victory against FC Viktoria Plzeň.

It appeared that the Rojiblancos' 14-game European winning streak was coming to an end as they laboured for long periods against the disciplined Czech side. However, the Uruguayan blasted past Matúš Kozáčik with the clock showing 93 minutes to stretch the run to 15 matches and make it two victories from two in the secion.

With an undefeated domestic start under their belts, including winning their last five in the Liga, the hosts were expected to come out firing on all cylinders, but Pavel Vrba's men did an excellent job of blunting Falcao-less Atlético. Emre Belözoğlu, Gabi and Rodríguez were restricted to efforts from distance, with only Koke's tame shot working Kozáčik before the break.

In fact, despite the Liga outfit controlling long spells of the game, the clearest openings fell to the visitors. Marek Bakoš headed just wide at the back post before Marek Hanousek pounced on a dawdling Emre in the area only for Domingo Cisma to wisely cut out the pull-back with Bakoš lurking.

The pattern continued after the restart, but again Diego Simeone's men struggled, and it was Sergio Asenjo who had to be the sharper of the goalkeepers as Václav Procházka slammed a free-kick towards the top corner.

At the other end, Raúl García's header elicited a sharp late save from Kozáčik, before Plzeň's dogged resistance was finally broken when Rodríguez received Emre's short free-kick 20 metres from goal, took a touch and drilled into the roof of the net. Atlético's winning sequence next comes under threat when they host A. Académica de Coimbra on 25 October, the same day Plzeň go to Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC.

Last updated: 06/10/12 0.12CET

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Lineups

atlético

Atlético

plzeň

Plzeň

1
Sergio AsenjoSergio Asenjo (GK)
1
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
6
KokeKoke
Substitution64
5
HanousekMarek Hanousek
7
Adrián LópezAdrián López
8
LimberskýDavid Limberský (C)
11
Cristian RodríguezCristian Rodríguez
Goal90+3
12
ĎurišMichal Ďuriš
12
PulidoJorge Pulido
14
ŘezníkRadim Řezník
14
GabiGabi (C)
Yellow Card11
15
ŠevinskýFrantišek Ševinský
15
Domingo CismaDomingo Cisma
16
DaridaVladimír Darida
Substitution90+1
18
Cata DíazCata Díaz
21
ProcházkaVáclav Procházka
Yellow Card31
19
Diego CostaDiego Costa
Substitution61
23
BakošMarek Bakoš
Substitution90+3
21
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
Yellow Card20
27
RajtoralFrantišek Rajtoral
Substitution89
42
OueslatiAbdelkader Oueslati
Substitution85
28
ČišovskýMarián Čišovský

Substitutes

13
CourtoisThibaut Courtois (GK)
13
BolekPetr Bolek (GK)
2
GodínDiego Godín
2
HejdaLukáš Hejda
Substitution90+1
5
TiagoTiago
Substitution64
7
ZemanMartin Zeman
8
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
Substitution61
10
HorváthPavel Horváth
17
SílvioSílvio
17
HoraJakub Hora
Substitution89
28
Saúl ÑiguezSaúl Ñiguez
Substitution85
22
MalakyanEdgar Malakyan
41
NdoyeMomar Ndoye
29
ŠtípekDavid Štípek
Substitution90+3

Coach

Diego Simeone (ARG) Pavel Vrba (CZE)

Referee

Antony Gautier (FRA)

Assistant referees

Michael Annonier (FRA), Philippe Jeanne (FRA)

Fourth official

Laurent Stien (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Laurent Duhamel (FRA), Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

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