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Czech champs Viktoria Plzen hold AC Milan to draw

Reuters, PRAGUE

Two late goals gave tournament newcomers Viktoria Plzen a 2-2 draw with AC Milan in their final Champions League Group H match on Tuesday and secured a place for the home team in the Europa League.

Alexandre Pato opened the scoring for Milan, who had already reached the last 16, in the 47th minute when he collected a cross from Robinho and beat Plzen goalkeeper Marek Cech.

The Brazilian pair switched roles a minute later and this time Robinho was the scorer.

Milan appeared to be heading for a comfortable win and had a few more chances, with Pato hitting the post.

However, a minute from fulltime, Marek Bakos passed to an unmarked David Bystron who revived Plzen’s chances for a point.

Prague’s Eden Stadium went crazy when Marian Cisovsky lobbed the ball to substitute Michal Duris, who beat Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia three minutes into stoppage-time.

“We mainly blew the first half. We did not really let Milan do anything, we had about four chances,” jubilant Plzen coach Pavel Vrba said.

“Then in three minutes we conceded two goals, which were both very cheap. But we showed some strong will, we wanted to show attacking football which was risky because it opened space for breakaways, but it paid off,” he added.

Czech champions Plzen finished the group in third place behind Milan, with Barcelona on top and BATE Borisov in fourth place after their 4-0 hammering by the Spanish champions.

Milan rotated their squad slightly having been assured of second spot and handed a first start of the season to defender Philippe Mexes, who has recovered from a cruciate ligament tear.

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