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.