Europa League

November 22, 2012



1 - 1


Group B

15:05 EST, November 22, 2012

Estadio Cidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Referee: Marcin Borski

Plzen through despite draw

Viktoria Plzen booked their place in the Europa League knockout stage, despite conceding a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Academica.

Pavel Horvath's penalty in the 55th minute looked set to earn the Czechs a deserved win, only for Edinho to net a spot-kick of his own two minutes from time.

The draw was still enough to send Plzen through and Academica out, though, as it moved the visitors five points clear of their third-placed opponents in Group B.

The hosts started brightly and Alexandre Silva Cleyton's right-footed shot from 12 yards was superbly saved with his feet by goalkeeper Matus Kozacik.

Both sides appeared content to try their luck from range, with Academica's John Ogu and Plzen's Horvath having shots from well outside the area saved.

There was little entertainment on offer in an uninspiring first half, but it threatened to come to life in the closing moments.

Ogu's drilled effort from the left side was parried impressively by Kozacik, while at the other end Ricardo Nunes pushed away a Vladimar Darida effort from inside the area.

The opening goal, when it arrived, came from the penalty spot.

Manuel Joao Dias fouled David Stipek and Horvath stepped up to slot the spot-kick low into the right corner.

The Czech side almost made it two in the 65th minute when Vladimar Darida met Radim Reznik only to see his shot denied by the feet of Nunes.

The visitors continued to create chances and again Nunes had to be alert, this time to parry a brilliant curling free-kick from Vaclav Prochazka.

The Portuguese were handed a way back into the match at the death when Marian Cisovsky fouled Salim Cisse in the area and Edinho levelled coolly from the spot, but it was not enough to prevent them going out.

Scoring Summary

Academica de Coimbra Viktoria Plzen
Arnaldo Edinho (pen 88')Pavel Horvath (pen 57')


Academica de Coimbra Viktoria Plzen
12 Ricardo1 Matus Kozacik
13 Joao Real28 Marian Cisovsky
2 Manuel Joao Dias21 Vaclav Prochazka
35 Ferreira14 Radim Reznik
Alphousseyni Keita10 Pavel Horvath
7 Tomas Rui Correia MarinhoDavid Limbersky
4 Nunes Flavio Ferreira12 Michal Duris
30 John Ogu29 David Stipek
20 Rafael Cleyton16 Vladimir Darida
36 Arnaldo Edinho23 Marek Bakos
28 Eduardo Da Costa Wilson17 Jakub Hora
1 Romuald PeiserPetr Bolek 13
26 NivaldoFrantisek Sevinsky 15
14 Manuel Rodrigues Bruno ChinaFrantisek Rajtoral 27
77 AfonsoMartin Zeman 7
92 Salim CisseMartin Sladky 25
 Edgar Malakjan 22
 Matej Koncal 6
Salim Cisse for John Ogu (70)
Martin Zeman for David Stipek (73)
Afonso for Eduardo Da Costa Wilson (81)
Edgar Malakjan for Michal Duris (84)
 Frantisek Sevinsky for Jakub Hora (89)
Yellow Cards
Manuel Joao Dias (57)
David Stipek (48)
Ricardo (66)
Vladimir Darida (54)
Eduardo Da Costa Wilson (78)
Jakub Hora (63)
Tomas Rui Correia Marinho (79)
Nunes Flavio Ferreira (90)
· Rosters: Academica de Coimbra | Viktoria Plzen