March 7, 2013
Fener record crucial away win
#INSERT type:image caption: Pierre Webo's late winner gave Fenerbahce a valuable 1-0 lead to take back to Turkey END#Fenerbahce are in a strong position heading into their Europa League last-16 second leg after an impressive 1-0 victory at Viktoria Plzen.
The Czechs failed to hit their stride and Pierre Webo's late strike was deserved punishment for the home side's lack of attacking intent.
Fenerbahce went into the game on the back of two straight losses against Trabzonspor in the Turkish Cup and then Besiktas in the Super Lig, a defeat which saw them drop to third.
Aykut Kocaman's side were also without suspended duo Egemen Korkmaz and Raul Meireles.
Plzen's 5-0 aggregate thrashing of Napoli in the last round, coupled with their domestic form which has taken them to the top of the Czech League, made them big favourites against the Turkish side.
However, it was Fenerbahce who started stronger, with Mehmet Topal's effort forcing a save by Matus Kozacik after 16 minutes.
Marek Bakos had the home side's first effort on goal after 25 minutes, but his header failed to land on target, before Volkan Demirel's first action came a minute later after he cut out Pavel Horvath's cross.
Cristian Baroni failed to test Kozacik from 25 yards, before Topal was the next Fenerbahce player to miss the target from range.
The Turkish side continued to dominate possession and Kozacik did well to parry Baroni's effort.
This seemed to wake the Czechs and eight minutes before the interval they came closest to breaking the deadlock.
Frantisek Rajtoral's left-footed effort from 18 yards crashed against the bar before Michal Duris' try was blocked by Reto Ziegler.
After the break, it was Fenerbahce who were once again on the attack with Moussa Sow testing Kozacik after 58 minutes
Plzen striker Bakos was replaced by Stanislav Tecl on the hour mark and 10 minutes later Martin Fillo came on for Duris, but after their goal-fest against Napoli, their forwards were now feeding off scraps.
And it was little surprise when it was the visitors who broke the deadlock after 81 minutes.
Gokhan Gonul's cross from the right found Sow at the back post, and though Webo's header was well saved, the Cameroonian followed in to put his side into the driving seat in the tie.
|Pierre Webo (81')|
|1 Matus Kozacik||1 Volkan Demirel|
|28 Marian Cisovsky||6 Joseph Yobo|
|21 Vaclav Prochazka||33 Reto Ziegler|
|14 Radim Reznik||4 Bekir Irtegun|
|10 Pavel Horvath||77 Gokhan Gonul|
|26 Daniel Kolár||21 Selcuk Sahin|
|27 Frantisek Rajtoral||5 Mehmet Topal|
|19 Jan Kovarik||16 Baroni Cristian|
|12 Michal Duris||11 Dirk Kuyt|
|16 Vladimir Darida||99 Pierre Webo|
|23 Marek Bakos||7 Moussa Sow|
|33 Roman Pavlik||Fehmi Mert Gunok 34|
|11 Martin Fillo||Serdar Kesimal 53|
|7 Martin Zeman||Mehmet Topuz 38|
|2 Lukas Hejda||Caner Erkin 88|
|6 Matej Koncal||Salih Ucan 48|
|20 Roman Adamov||Semih Senturk 23|
|9 Stanislav Tecl||Beykan Simsek 28|
|Stanislav Tecl for Marek Bakos (60)||Caner Erkin for Moussa Sow (83)|
|Martin Fillo for Michal Duris (69)||Mehmet Topuz for Pierre Webo (85)|
|Lukas Hejda for Daniel Kolár (89)|
|Reto Ziegler (51)|
|· Squads: Viktoria Plzen | Fenerbahce|