Plzen draws 1-1 with Borisov in Champions League

Renan Bressan scored a second-half equalizer to give BATE
Borisov a 1-1 draw with Viktoria Plzen in their Champions League
opener on Tuesday.

Striker Marek Bakos gave Plzen a 1-0 lead in first-half stoppage
time, converting the first chance for the tournament newcomer.

With the visitors pressing for an equalizer in the second half,
Bressan collected a through pass by Filipp Rudik in the 69th minute
and steered the ball between the legs of Plzen goalkeeper Marek
Cech.

The draw gave both teams a point in Group H. Barcelona and AC
Milan also shared the points in the other group game.

”I’m a little bit disappointed,” Plzen coach Pavel Vrba said
after the Champions League debut. ”We were leading and BATE scored
only due to our only mistake.”

Plzen applied early pressure, with David Bystron heading over
the crossbar four minutes into the match from a cross by Pavel
Horvath.

BATE was solid in defense and threatening on the counterattack
through Mateja Kezman. The Serbian striker, who previously played
for Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and PSV Eindhoven, just missed the
target with a right-foot shot from the edge of the area in the 22nd
and again just shot wide eight minutes later.

A long-range drive by Aleksandr Volodko forced Plzen goalkeeper
Marek Cech into a diving save in another chance.

But Plzen took the lead just before the break when Bakos tapped
in a precise cross by Petr Jiracek from the right to make it seven
goals in Champions League play this season following six in three
qualifying games.

Kezman finally found the back of the net in the 59th but the
goal was disallowed for offside. At the other end, BATE goalkeeper
Aleksandr Gutor denied Vaclav Pilar with a sharp save in the
63rd.

After Bressan’s equalizer, Plzen substitute Jakub Hora had a
shot blocked and fired over the bar in the final minute.

The match was played at the Slavia Prague stadium because the
arena in Plzen is under reconstruction.

BATE hosts Barcelona next on Sept 28 while Plzen travels to
Milan.