Viktoria Plzeň can look forward to European football in the New Year after securing third spot in their Champions League group to earn a place in the Europa League. It is the fifth time coach Pavel Vrba has steered Plzeň to the spring phase of Europe’s second-tier competition – an impressive feat for a club of the West Bohemians’ stature.
Viktoria Plzeň have boosted their chances of coming third in their group
in football’s Champions League after a 2:1 away win over CSKA Moscow on
Tuesday evening. The Czech side went behind in Moscow before overturning
the deficit with goals from Roman Procházka, who had earlier missed a
penalty, and Lukáš Hejda.
With the two qualifying positions in the group won by Real Madrid and Roma, Plzeň are vying with CSKA for third spot and a place in the Europa League after Christmas. With both on equal points, Plzeň welcome Roma on the final match day in a fortnight while CSKA visit Real.
Viktoria Plzeň were beaten 5:0 away by Roma in the Champions League group
stage on Tuesday evening. The hosts’ striker Edin Dzeko, who played for
Teplice earlier in his career, scored a hat trick in the one-sided
That result leaves Plzeň with one point after two games. On the previous match day the West Bohemians drew at home with CSKA Moscow, who now top the group after a surprise win over Real Madrid.
Slavia Prague have replaced Viktoria Plzeň at the top of the Czech soccer
league after a 4:0 victory over reigning champions in the capital. In a
dramatic game the hosts opened the scoring after just three minutes through
Souček and were awarded two penalties, converting one. The visitors had
defender Hubník sent off five minutes before half-time.
Previously Plzeň had taken the maximum points in the opening six round of the league and Slavia are only in front of them on goal difference.