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UEFA Champions League

  • October 2, 2013
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadion Petrovskij, Sankt-Peterburg (St. Petersburg)
  • Referee: B. Nijhuis
  • • Attendance: 6135

Live Commentary

  • That's my cue folks, bye for now.
  • In the end it was a grandstand finish, but not the one that Plzen wanted. Not a proud day for goalkeeping, as both Kozacik and Akinfeev made dreadful errors late on to gift goals to the opposition. But in the end, its CSKA who get the win, and are now back into contention in the group. The same can't be said of Plzen, who, with two losses in two games, need a miracle to qualify.
  • 90' + 4'
    That's it folks, CSKA take the points!
  • 90' + 3'
    Honda late on the counter attack and wins a corner. CSKA will milk this for all its worth.
  • 90' + 1'
    Assist Stanislav Tecl
  • 90' + 1'
    Goal Marek Bakos
    Another keeper shocker, this time from Akinfeev. A heroic attempt at a punch fails horribly, as he whacks the ball into the back of Tecl, it rebounds high in the air, and Bakos follows it through into the back of the net!
  • 90' + 1'
  • 90'
    Three minutes of injury time to go.
  • 89'
    SubstitutionAhmed Firaz Moosa Vitinho
  • 88'
    Musa makes way for Vitinho. The Nigerian has been effective up front with his movement, but had he taken one of the two glorious chances that fell his way, CSKA would have has this sewn up a while ago.
  • 86'
    The game well and truly winding down here. CSKA have the points in the bag and are pinging the ball around confidently.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionRadim Reznik Martin Pospisil
  • 84'
    Reznik, still shaking his head, has departed for the final stretch. Pospisil comes on in his stead. Not that it matters much at this point.
  • 82'
    Czech football is now set for another Champions League defeat - in their last 27 games, sides from the nation have won two, drawn eight and lost a whopping 17 ties.
  • 80'
    A now virtually impossible task for the reigning Czech champs to get back in this one. To add further humiliation, the shameless Kozacik had the nerve to complain to Reznik for passing the ball wrong. Unfair that the right back will be statistically listed as the scorer of that own goal, blame lies squarely at the feet of the goalkeeper.
  • 78'
    Own Goal Radim Reznik
    What an absolute blunder from Kozacik, who will now be immortalized in future video compilations of the worst keeper gaffes of all time. Reznik plays him the simplest back pass, and all he has to do is hack it away. But somehow, he messes up his first touch completely, the ball rolls clean under his foot and into the net!
  • 78'
  • 77'
    SubstitutionTomas Horava Michal Duris
  • 77'
    Plzen are setting up for what they hope is a grandstand finish. Strikers aplenty on the pitch, and CSKA are hoping to take their chances on the counter if they come.
  • 77'
    Plzen are setting up for what they hope is a grandstand finish. Strikers aplenty on the pitch, and CSKA are hoping to take their chances on the counter if they come.
  • 76'
    Yellow Card Stanislav Tecl
  • 75'
    Musa for one second gets the better of Reznik, but his teammates were not expecting that, and with no targets in the box to hit, he dribbles back into a safe position.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionRasmus Elm Georgi Milanov
  • 73'
    CSKA starting to string together a few passes, but still a long way away from their dominant end to the half. Plzen still very much on top.
  • 71'
    Honda, who has all but evaporated in the second half, suddenly bursts into life with a jinking run, and is brought down, legally, by the veteran Horvath on the edge of the box.
  • 70'
    SubstitutionJan Kovařík Stanislav Tecl
  • 69'
    Wernbloom does excellently to intercept a Nababkin ball in midfield, which would have released Kovarik for a clear run down the left hand side.
  • 67'
    Not much coming from CSKA, who are definitely on the back foot in the face of a confident Plzen side. This lead is very tenuous.
  • 65'
    Good change from Lenoid Slutsky, as Zuber was really becoming a passenger out wide due to fatigue. A decent game from the winger, but it was time for a shuffle.
  • 64'
    SubstitutionSteven Zuber M. González
  • 63'
    Tosic with an acrobatic over head kick to clear the ball, moments before the referee blows the whistle for an infraction. Meanwhile, Steven Zuber makes way, and Mark Gonzalez, the former Liverpool winger, replaces him. Remember him?
  • 61'
    Plzen really making their mark on the pitch, putting increasing amounts of pressure on CSKA with some intricate passing moves. It would not surprise me in the slightest if there's another goal in this.
  • 59'
    And another at the other end! Kolar does really well to clip a deft pass into Petrzela centrally, but with time to shoot, he hurriedly scoops his shot well over.
  • 57'
    Elm's corner is flicked well by Aleksei Berezutski, but Musa just cannot align himself in time to convert! Another chance!
  • 55'
    It's shaping up once again to be that glorious back and fourth we witnessed in the first half. Both sides gunning for each other. Usually these early kick off games lack a sense of gravitas, but not today!
  • 53'
    Petrzela with a gorgeous, silky smooth run down the right towards the byeline, but his cutback just misses a throng of Plzen players queuing up for the finish! Zuber quickly recovers the ball though, and fires towards the corner, its heading in, but Honda, of all people is there to block!
  • 51'
    Huge let off for Plzen, who are now starting to settle into the game once again, enjoying a decent little spell of possession.
  • 49'
    MUSA NOOOOO!! How did he pass that up!?!?! Nababkin's low cross had it all on a plate for the attacker, but with the goal gaping, he contrives to plant the ball onto the woodwork!
  • 47'
    No changes at the break, and a fairly timid start to the second half so far.
  • 46'
    We're back in action.
  • This has been an entertaining, back and fourth contest at the Petrovski Stadium so far! Rajtoral got the ball rolling with a shock opener, but CSKA were not beaten, responding through Tosic and Honda to end the half on top. Both sides have had plenty of attacking intent, but towards the end, CSKA's superior quality began to tell. One thing's for sure, you won't want to miss the second half. Join me for the restart in just a bit.
  • 45' + 2'
    And barely a second after the allotted minute of added time, the ref signals for the break.
  • 45' + 1'
    The ever ambitious Rajtoral takes aim from an identical position that he opened the scoring, but this time, Akinfeev sees it all the way and parries with authority! Nearly a dream end to the half for the visitors!
  • 45'
    The CSKA counter attaching machine is revved into action again with Zuber. Honda makes his typically unnoticed run across the left flank, but this time, Zuber waits too long to slide him through and is challenged on the edge of the area.
  • 43'
    What were Plzen doing? Their defence is pushed suicidally high up the pitch, and is predictably exploited when Elm releases Musa on goal. The winger always had the drop on Hubnik for pace, but his finish is beyond woeful. Scratch that, what was Musa doing?
  • 41'
    The hosts have kept the ball without interruption for the last few minutes. Plzen are chasing shadows here, and finally break the spell when Horava hacks down Zuber again. Does the midfielder not realize that he's on a yellow card already?
  • 39'
    CSKA are piling on the pressure! Lots of threatening possession around the box, but Plzen just about hold their lines. Still, the home side are looking worlds better than their early snafu.
  • 37'
    Zuber elects to test Kozakick's concentration with a snap-shot 20-yarder, but the Plzen keeper is on his game, getting down low to parry the ball well despite seeing it late.
  • 35'
    Plzen have the ball in the back of the net for a short-lived equalizer, but Petrzela, who converted, was correctly adjudged to be offside.Still, the visitors have the wherewithal to cut through the home side's defence.
  • 33'
    Hubnik gives the ball away cheaply, but Zuber cannot make anything of it. The Plzen centre back is having a dreadful game, culpable for the first and also partly to blame for the second, completely losing sight of Honda streaking on from the left.
  • 31'
    Plzen are shell shocked here. Two goals in 10 minutes have seen what looked like a relatively comfortable one goal advantage turn into a strenuous 2-1 deficit, with the home side having the wind in their sails.
  • 29'
    Assist Zoran Tosic
  • 29'
    Goal Keisuke Honda
    CSKA slice and dice Plzen on the counter! Tosic once again leads the charge excellently down the centre, and once again releases Honda on the left. This time, the Japanese takes matters into his own hands, running centrally and bending a superb finish into the far corner.
  • 29'
  • 29'
    Credit to both sides for playing an open game, exploiting the flanks well and doing their best to score again.
  • 27'
    Rajtoral caught in possession on the edge of the CSKA box, and the home side break straight away. Tosic drives it centrally, and slips a diagonal to Honda, who looks to pick out Zuber with a lofted cross, but Prochazka leaps well to head away the danger.
  • 25'
    Reznik angles in another deep cross from the left flank. This time, Akinfeev wisely opts to stay on his line and let Schennikov busy himself with removing the danger ahead of Kolar.
  • 23'
    The game has opened up with a pop, as both sides suddenly realize that the opposition are breakable. CSKA in particular will be relieved to rid themselves of a nearly 400 minute scoreless streak.
  • 22'
    Yellow Card Tomas Horava
  • 21'
    Horava is out first booking of the game, for a foul on Zuber.
  • 19'
    Assist Ahmed Firaz Moosa
  • 19'
    Goal Zoran Tosic
    Credit for that goal must be shared equally between Musa and Hubnik, the CSKA attacker turning beautifully around his marker to sprint through on goal, and the Plzen defender allowing himself to be rolled like a pancake. Tosic was then left with a simple tap in from Musa's cross, which he almost made a hash of, but Prochazka was not able to deflect the ball far enough and prevent it from rolling in.
  • 19'
  • 18'
    Not outrageous at all to suggest that the Czech outfit could be three up already. CSKA really dogging it out there, looking ready to collapse like a row of dominoes whenever the visitors attack.
  • 16'
    Plzen suddenly flip that switch, and go gallivanting through the CSKA ranks on the counter. Petrzela leads the break, sees no one willing to confront him, and slides in Bakos on the left, who beats the keeper but not the trailing Wernbloom, who clears!
  • 14'
    Akinfeev nearly left with a big sloppy egg on his face. Kovarik whips in a deep cross from the left flank, and the keeper loses an eminently winnable aerial duel against Kolar, whose header rolls past the post by about a foot, to the absolute relief of the Russians.
  • 12'
    CSKA steadying the ship, and are settling themselves into a decent spell of possession in the opposition half.
  • 10'
    Zuber gets the ball in a good position on the inside-left of the box, but he just cannot shake the attention of Rajtoral, who is clearly still high off the fumes of his goal, hustling the winger right off the ball.
  • 8'
    Plzen certainly playing without fear, pressing CSKA high up the pitch whenever they have the ball. Time will tell whether that early approach will be a wise one.
  • 6'
    CSKA are pushing right back in the opposition half in a bid to recover from that early stomach punch, but so far, Plzen are holding firm. I may be stating the obvious, but there's still plenty of time for things to change though.
  • 4'
    Goal Frantisek Rajtoral
    Out of nowhere, the visitors channel a lucky break into the opening goal! Petrzela's shot deflected off Ignashevitch, right into the path of Rajtoral. The fullback gets the bounce of the ball, quite literally, and does not hesitate, sliding the ball past Akinfeev with the rest of the defence absolutely static!
  • 4'
  • 3'
    Throngs of empty seats dot the Petrovski Stadium, which is seeing its second game in two days after a match from regular home team Zenit St Petersburg. Most of CSKA"s fans have remained hundreds of miles away in the Russian capital, where the rain has apparently been coming down in biblical proportions, prompting the change of venue.
  • 1'
    The ref signals, and CSKA get us underway.
  • The teams are out, the pre-match formalities just about wrapped up. Get ready folks...
  • Winning this match would really be in the best interests of both sides, given their losing starts, and daunting matches against Bayern and Man City to come. It will be hard to see a way back in the group for the side that loses tonight, while a draw would be of scant help to anyone.
  • Plzen on the other hand are in fine form in the Czech First League, with seven wins and three draws marking an unbeaten start to their domestic campaign.
  • Though ostensibly you would fancy CSKA to take the points here, the Russians have been in terrible form in front of goal. So far, 379 minutes of play have passed since they have found the back of the net, which has also manifested itself in a four-game winless run.
  • Both teams, of course have some ground to make up after losing their opening group games. CSKA fell to Bayern Munich, while Plzen were defeated by Manchester City.
  • It may be listed as a home fixture for CSKA, but it's home in name only. Their current stadium, Arena Khimki in Moscow, is in such a poor state that UEFA have moved this fixture to St Petersburg, some 700km from the Russian capital.
  • VIKTORIA PLZEN: Kozacik, Hubnik, Reznik, Prochazka, Rajtoral, Horava, Horvath, Petrzela, Kovarik, Kolar, Bakos. SUBS: Bolek, Hejda, Pospisil, Koukal, Tecl, Duris, Wagner.
  • CSKA MOSCOW: Akinfeev, Ignashevich, Aleksei Berezutski, Nababkin, Schennikov, Wernbloom, Honda, Zuber, Elm, Tosic, Musa. SUBS: Chepchugov, Vasin, Gonzalez, Milanov, Rahimic, Vitinho, Bazelyuk.
  • The lineups are in.
  • Greetings all, and welcome to another night of Champions League action. This evening we're at the Petrovski Stadium in St Petersburg, for CSKA Moscow vs Viktoria Plzen. I'm Keeghann Sinanan, your designated scribe.