Plzen beat CSKA 2-1 in Champions League
Second-half substitute Tomas Wagner scored in the final minute
as Viktoria Plzen came from behind to beat a nine-man CSKA Moscow
2-1 in their final group match of the Champions League on Tuesday
to secure a place in the Europa League.
Plzen finished third in Group D with three points, while CSKA
ended bottom of the table – also with three points. Bayern Munich
and Manchester City advanced from the group to the knockout
Unmarked Wagner collected a Frantisek Rajtoral cross to net the
winner from close range with an unstoppable right-foot blast, seven
minutes after coming off the bench.
”It’s a precious goal,” Wagner said. ”We believed till the
end” we could win.
Substitute Keisuke Honda set up the go-ahead goal for CSKA with
a precise cross for Ahmed Musa to head home from close range in the
The Czechs went on an all-assault attack since that paid off.
Daniel Kolar equalized in the 76th with a header off a Pavel
Horvath precise cross.
Alan Dzagoev was sent off in the 67th for a foul from behind on
Vaclav Prochazka and Pontus Wernbloom followed him in injury time
after pushing a player to the ground to set up a CSKA free kick in
an emotional finish.
”It was all about emotions,” Plzen coach Pavel Vrba said.
The match was a farewell for Vrba who takes over the Czech
national team in January. The 50-year-old led Plzen to the
lucrative Champions League twice in the last three years. Plzen
also became the first Czech club to extend their European campaign
into spring for the third straight year.
”It’s a great success for us, we’re changing the history of
Czech football,” Vrba said.