Fighting game was not enough, AS Roma – FC Viktoria Plzeň 4-1
FC Viktoria Plzeň lost to AS Roma 4-1. The half-time result was 1-1 when Viktoria´s goals was scored by Zeman. After the break the Italian team got in lead and at the end of the match they scored twice again. Edin Džeko scored hattrick.
Viktoria had to figure out a problem before the match because the captain Roman Hubník was injured. The coach Roman Hubník finally decided for an interesting solution. David Limberský moved to the centre of the defence as the captain and Jan Kovařík played at his position.
Plzeň locked their opponent in the penalty area at the beginning of the match. Kovařík, Zeman and Petržela sent very dangerous passes near the gate but with no effect. On the other side the home team passed one ball after another behind the defence but Viktoria´s defenders were ready. The Stadio Olimpico waited long for the first goal of the match. On 10 minutes the AS Roma forward Edin Džeko beat Kovařík in the 18-yard box and quickly scored, Kozáčik only watched the ball flying behind him – 1-0.
3 minutes later Džeko could add one more hit but his shot failed. Viktoria had an effort on goal on 18 minutes and they scored. Kovařík rectified his mistake and his amazing centre pass found Martin Zeman´s head who equalized the score 1-1!
The game after the goals was equal and both teams attempted to outsmart the defence of their opponent. As the time passed AS Roma put Viktoria under pressure and in the last 5 minutes they had several big goal chances. Palmieri´s shot was blocked by Matějů, Džeko attempted above the gate moments later and on 44 minutes Salah hit an upright. The half-time result was 1-1.
The 2nd half began in the same mood as the 1st one finished. On 3 minutes of the game Paredes touched Kozáčik´s crossbar and soon after that Salah received the ball and was very close to scoring but the goalkeeper Kozáčik rebounded it off the goal. The Italian team was definitely better but Viktoria was dangerous in the offense as well. On 53 minutes Zeman passed a sharp ball in the penalty area but Krmenčík was too short for that. On 61 minutes Plzeň did not watch Džeko again and he sent Roma in lead 2-1.
After 2 minutes the coach Pivarník made the first substitution and Kopic was replaced by Ďuriš who immediately participated in the game but his rough shot went off the goal. On 75 minutes Viktoria substituted Krmenčík for Marek Bakoš and he also quickly joined the game but his attempt was saved by the goalkeeper. Roma waited for nothing and quickly responded by an excellent goal – 3-1. 2 minutes before the end of the match Edin Džeko scored his today´s third goal and completed his hattrick. Viktoria Plzeň lost to AS Roma 4-1 and in temrs of other results in the group they lost their chance to play the spring part of the Europa League.
AS Roma - FC Viktoria Plzeň 4:1 (1:1)
AS Roma: Alisson – Peres, Rüdiger, Fazio, Emerson Palmieri – Paredes, Strootman (89. Gerson) – Salah (83. De Rossi), Nainggolan (C), Iturbe (63. Perotti) – Džeko
Plzeň: Kozáčik – Matějů, Hejda, Limberský (C), J. Kovařík – Hrošovský, Hromada – Petržela, Kopic (63. Ďuriš), Zeman – Krmenčík (75. Bakoš)
Goals: 11. Džeko, 61. Džeko, 82. Perotti, 88. Džeko – 18. Zeman YC: Nainggolan – Matějů, Zeman, Petržela Referees: Stieler – Foltyn, Schiffner (all Germany)