Looked rather suspect in the air, losing one or two key aerial battles with the opposition forwards, and perhaps could have done a bit more to prevent Frantisek Rajtoral's angled drive. He saved his worst for last though, punching the ball off the back of another player and gifting Plzen a late goal.
Unlucky to deflect a shot right into the path of Frantisek Rajtoral for the first goal of the game. Otherwise solid at the back, holding firm in the face of a lot of Plzen possession.
Not only did he recover well from the early goal to put in a strong defensive shift, but his attacking contributions were essential to his side's endeavours, as he caused a lot of problems for the opposition.
Controlled everything in the air, and never looked likely to be beaten on the ground either. Not the most cultured performance, but he more than did what had to be done to get rid of danger.
Picked his moments to get forward and support the attack very well, with one glorious low cross smacked on to the crossbar by Ahmed Musa when it was begging to be converted.
A constant threat in the first half with his ghosting runs on from the left flank, and he took full advantage of some space to run in and score CSKA's second with a cultured finish. Faded in the second half, however, as his influence waned.
At the heart of everything good for CSKA in attack, constantly leading the charge through the middle on the counter. Did just enough to squeeze home his side's first from close range, and kept his cool to slip in Keisuke Honda for the second goal.
His ability to win and quickly release the ball to more attack oriented players was a key factor in many of his side's counterattacks.
Put in an honest shift out wide, and he was a good outlet in wide areas for Zoran Tosic and Rasmus Elm on a few CSKA counter attacks. Began to tire after the break though, and was replaced by Mark Gonzalez.
Provided a few delightful searching balls to pick out runners like Ahmed Musa and Keisuke Honda, and was instrumental in keeping play ticking for the home side.
His acceleration and movement off the ball was a nightmare at times for the defence to manage, and it was one such move that saw him streak free to set up Zoran Tosic for the opener. If his finishing was even close to competent, CSKA may well have been out of sight.
Made one or two solid saves, but that will all be forgotten after his howler for the ages, letting a completely harmless backpass slip clean under his foot and into the back of the net, for the final nail in Plzen's coffin.
Was having a solid game, until his keeper made a complete hash of of his backpass, resulting in an own goal that never should have been.
Defended stoutly throughout, covering for Roman Hubnik on more then one occasion. He did have a few nervy moments when CSKA were on the counter though.
Though he occasionally abandoned his defensive position, the importance of his willingness to attack could not be understated. Scored the opener with a placed shot, and could have gotten his name on the scoresheet again but for Igor Akinfeev.
A completely abhorrent game for the poor defender, who was turned with consummate ease by Ahmed Musa for the opener, while his poor positioning left Keisuke Honda with the space he needed to slot in the second CSKA goal.
Took out Steven Zuber to pick up an early caution, and was similarly careless throughout, perhaps lucky to avoid another booking.
The main attacking threat for the home side, constantly having the rule of the roost down the right flank, and getting a few choice deliveries into the area.
Resourceful in an advanced midfield position, laying on a few chances and providing a good target in the box. Challenged Igor Akinfeev more than once on high balls.
Solid enough out wide, though lacked the dynamism of Milan Petrzela on the opposite flank.
The veteran midfielder was composed retaining possession, and even managed to make a few solid tackles. Not often bettered despite his lack of pace.
Led the line decently for the home side, working hard, but was given bitter consolation for his endeavours with a late conversion from close range that failed to change the final score.