MOSCOW, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid and AS Roma reached the Champions League knockout levels earlier than kicking a ball on Tuesday after CSKA Moscow misplaced 2-1 after struggling a late collapse at residence to Viktoria Plzen in Group G.
CSKA had to win to have any probability of reeling within the high two, who each have 9 factors and meet in a while Tuesday in Rome, and took the lead after 10 minutes with a Nikola Vasic penalty after Lukas Hedja had tripped Georgi Shchennikov.
The Russian defender then conceded a penalty on the different finish simply earlier than halftime for a foul on Radim Reznik. Nevertheless, Russia’s World Cup goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev dived to his proper to save Roman Prochazka’s weak effort.
Prochazka made up for that miss by beating Akinfeev with a miscued end into the highest proper nook 10 minutes after the break earlier than Hedja received redemption of his personal by heading in a cross from Patrik Hrosovsky to full Plzen’s comeback.
CSKA’s first defeat by Czech opposition at residence meant that Plzen be part of them on 4 factors within the group, intensifying the battle for third place and a Europa League spot.
(Reporting by Christian Radnedge; Modifying by Ken Ferris)