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Played
November 27, 2013 2:45 PM EST
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ F. Aydinus‎
Attendance:‬ 37742‎
 
33′ (PG) Sergio Agüero
Tomas Horava 43′
65′ Samir Nasri
78′ Negredo
 
89′ Edin Dzeko
 
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Tomas Horava
Tomas Horava
FC Viktoria Plzeň
Edin Dzeko
Edin Dzeko
Manchester City
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Micah Richards
Micah Richards
Manchester City
Martín Demichelis
Martín Demichelis
Manchester City

Manchester City 4-2 Viktoria Plzen: Dzeko, Negredo seal late victory

The visiting Czechs twice equalized with Manuel Pellegrini's side before two strikers saw the hosts over the line.

Samir Nasri Manchester City v FC Viktoria Plzen - UEFA Champions League 11272013
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Manchester City kept its faint hopes of winning its Champions League group alive by beating Viktoria Plzen 4-2 at the Etihad Stadium.

Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko struck in the last 12 minutes from time as the Premier League outfit made hard work of seeing off the Czech champions on Wednesday and they could still win the group with a decisive victory at Bayern Munich in December.

In-form striker Sergio Aguero put Manuel Pellegrini's side in front from the penalty spot with his 15th goal in his last 12 games after Frantisek Rajtoral was harshly judged to have handled in the area. However, the Czechs were level at the break courtesy of an impressive strike from Tomas Horava.

Samir Nasri put City back in front but Plzen levelled for a second time in a frantic encounter when Stanislav Tecl fired home.

Negredo gave his side the lead for a third time when he finished from close range and Dzeko sealed the points at the death as the hosts took their tally to 22 goals in their last four home games.

Joe Hart made his first City start for a month as Pellegrini made seven changes to the side which hammered Tottenham 6-0 on Sunday while Roman Hubnik came in at left back for Plzen to replace David Limbersky, who was out with a stomach problem.

Nasri looked threatening early, rattling the crossbar with a vicious right-footed strike after 13 minutes.

Plzen was not content to sit and soak up pressure, though, and could have taken a surprise lead after 26 minutes when Rajtoral raced into the box and flashed the ball across the face of goal.

The defender's disappointment at spurning that opportunity was compounded 12 minutes before the break, when he was harshly deemed to have handled in the area and Aguero sent Matus Kozacik the wrong way from the spot.

Plzenot continued fighting and was deservedly level two minutes before the interval when Horava rounded off a slick move with a right-footed strike into the far corner that gave Hart no chance.

Jesus Navas replaced Aguero at the break and City was almost back in front when Fernandinho's header was tipped over by Kozacik, but the goalkeeper was beaten after 65 minutes. Yaya Toure made an immediate impact after coming on when he laid the ball off for Navas, whose cross was volleyed home left-footed by an unmarked Nasri.

Hart produced an outstanding reflex save to tip over Daniel Kolar's long-range drive a minute later but Tecl capitalized on some hesitant City defending to equalize with a measured right-footed finish from inside the area with 20 minutes to go.

There was still time for a final twist and Negredo provided it as he converted a Navas cross before Dzeko had the final say by heading home an inviting James Milner cross at the back post to seal the points.


Manchester City

1
Joe Hart
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Micah Richards
Defender
2.50
6
Joleon Lescott
Defender
3.00
13
3.50
26
2.50
7
James Milner
Midfielder
40′ 89′
3.50
8
Samir Nasri
Midfielder
65′ 75′
3.50
14
Javi García
Midfielder
3.00
25
Fernandinho
Midfielder
64′
3.00
10
Edin Dzeko
Striker
89′
3.50
16
3.00

FC Viktoria Plzeň

3.00
1
Matus Kozacik
Goalkeeper
3.00
18
3.00
28
3.50
4
3.00
-
4.00
-
Tomas Horava
Midfielder
43′
3.00
10
Pavel Horváth
Midfielder
2.50
12
3.00
26
Daniel Kolar
Midfielder
43′ 69′ 86′
3.00
11
3.50
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Substitutes

30
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5
 - 
38
D. Boyata
Defender
 - 
15
3.50
42
Yaya Touré
Midfielder
64′ 92′
3.00
9
Negredo
Striker
75′ 78′
3.00
-
Emyr Huws
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
13
Petr Bolek
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Lukas Hejda
Defender
 - 
14
 - 
-
Jan Kovařík
Midfielder
73′
 - 
-
 - 
23
 - 
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Coach/Manager

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Results
Group A Matchday 5
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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
6 2