CSKA rallies to beat Plzen 3-2 in Champions League

Zoran Tosic scored one goal and made another to help CSKA Moscow

come from behind to beat Viktoria Plzen 3-2 in Group D of the

Champions League on Wednesday.

Frantisek Rajtoral gave Plzen an early lead, but strikes by

Tosic and Keisuke Honda put CSKA in front before an own goal by

Plzen’s Radim Reznik in the 78th minute put the match beyond the

Czech side’s reach. Marek Bakos added the visitors’ second goal in

stoppage time.

”It was a must-win game for us after our scoreless series,”

said CSKA coach Leonid Slutsky, whose side had opened with a 3-0

defeat by Bayern Munich two weeks ago and has lost its last three

Russian league games without scoring.

”We conceded a quick goal because of tension after past losses.

Viktoria had two more opportunities but we managed to come back and

win. Yet, we still have to put the team back on track.”

Rajtoral put Plzen ahead after just four minutes, beating the

diving Igor Akinfeev after the ball ricocheted off defender Sergei

Ignashevich.

The visitors could easily have extended their lead in the 14th

minute when Akinfeev failed to collect a volley from the left and

Daniel Kolar was allowed a header that flew wide of the right post.

Two minutes later, Bakos beat Akinfeev in a one-on-one, but Pontus

Wernbloom cleared the ball in front of an open goal.

CSKA equalized with its first scoring chance, courtesy of Tosic,

who hit the target with a low left-foot shot that took a slight

deflection off Raytoral in the 19th.

It was CSKA’s first goal in five matches.

Keisuke Honda then put CSKA 2-1 up just 10 minutes later,

beating Matus Kozacik in a one-on-one after collecting Tosic’s

pass.

Ahmed Musa hit the right post of the visitors’ goal in the 49th

as the Russian champion continued to dominate the game.

CSKA increased its lead when Reznik scored an own goal with a

backpass to the keeper, who failed to stop the ball with his right

foot. Bakos then headed home the Czech side’s second goal in injury

time.

The match was originally due to be played at Arena Khimki in

Moscow’s suburbs, but heavy rains in the region in recent weeks

ruined the pitch. UEFA representatives picked Petrovsky stadium in

St. Petersburg as a replacement.