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Plzeň hold off Académica to secure passage

Published: Thursday 22 November 2012, 23.10CET
A. Académica de Coimbra 1-1 FC Viktoria Plzeň
Pavel Vrba's charges did enough in Portugal, despite Edinho's late penalty, as they sealed the point that secured their progress from Group B.
Plzeň hold off Académica to secure passage
Edinho (left) scored from the spot to earn a point for Académica ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

AcadémicaPlzeň

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
1
Corners3
 
8
Offsides0
4
Fouls committed13
 
15
Yellow cards5
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 17/11/2012 15:19 CET

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Published: Thursday 22 November 2012, 23.10CET

Plzeň hold off Académica to secure passage

A. Académica de Coimbra 1-1 FC Viktoria Plzeň
Pavel Vrba's charges did enough in Portugal, despite Edinho's late penalty, as they sealed the point that secured their progress from Group B.

FC Viktoria Plzeň got what they came to Portugal for, as they secured a draw against A. Académica de Coimbra to confirm qualification from UEFA Europa League Group B.

Needing just a point to earn their passage, Pavel Vrba's men thought they had all three when Pavel Horváth scored from the spot in the 57th minute, but a late Edinho penalty meant the spoils were shared. The Czech side will play off with Club Atlético de Madrid on matchday six for pole position in the section, with the Spanish team currently two points better off.

After achieving their first-ever win in the competition on matchday four, and ending holders Atlético's run of 16 straight European victories in the process, it was no surprise to see the hosts come out bursting with energy. That early enthusiasm was personified by Marinho who charged down a clearance from Plzeň keeper Matúš Kozáčik, allowing Edinho to lay off for Cleyton, who could not tease his shot beyond the recovering Kozáčik.

However, as the half wore on the visitors showed why they were five points better off than the home side coming into the game, as they opened up Académica with regularity. Jakub Hora threatened on both flanks before being sent clear, though Ricardo did well to rush from his line to block.

After the interval David Štípek's surge from halfway took him into the Académica area, where João Dias's challenge sent the winger sprawling. Horváth did the rest from the spot, slipping the ball inside the right post. Plzeň were coasting to a third straight group success, until Marián Čišovský bundled over Salim Cissé inside the area with two minutes remaining, and Edinho drove down the middle to set up a rousing finale from the Students. However, the winner was not forthcoming, meaning they travel to Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC on the final day with nothing to play for.

Last updated: 24/11/12 0.11CET

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Lineups

académica

Académica

plzeň

Plzeň

12
RicardoRicardo (GK)
Yellow Card66
1
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
2
DiasJoão Dias
Yellow Card57
8
LimberskýDavid Limberský
4
FerreiraFlávio Ferreira (C)
Yellow Card90
10
HorváthPavel Horváth (C)
Goal57
6
KeitaAlphousseyni Keita
12
ĎurišMichal Ďuriš
Substitution84
7
MarinhoMarinho
Yellow Card79
14
ŘezníkRadim Řezník
13
RealJoão Real
16
DaridaVladimír Darida
Yellow Card54
20
CleytonCleyton
17
HoraJakub Hora
Yellow Card63
Substitution89
28
Wilson EduardoWilson Eduardo
Yellow Card77
Substitution81
21
ProcházkaVáclav Procházka
30
OguJohn Ogu
Substitution70
23
BakošMarek Bakoš
35
Reiner FerreiraReiner Ferreira
28
ČišovskýMarián Čišovský
36
EdinhoEdinho
Goal88
29
ŠtípekDavid Štípek
Yellow Card48
Substitution73

Substitutes

1
PeiserRomuald Peiser (GK)
13
BolekPetr Bolek (GK)
14
Bruno ChinaBruno China
6
KončalMatěj Končal
26
NivaldoNivaldo
7
ZemanMartin Zeman
Substitution73
77
AfonsoAfonso
Substitution81
15
ŠevinskýFrantišek Ševinský
Substitution89
92
S. CisséSalim Cissé
Substitution70
22
MalakyanEdgar Malakyan
Substitution84
25
SladkýMartin Sladký
27
RajtoralFrantišek Rajtoral

Coach

Pedro Emanuel (POR) Pavel Vrba (CZE)

Referee

Marcin Borski (POL)

Assistant referees

Rafal Rostkowski (POL), Maciej Wierzbowski (POL)

Fourth official

Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)

Additional assistant referees

Dawid Piasecki (POL), Daniel Stefanski (POL)

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