Published On: Thu, Feb 21st, 2013

Viktoria Plzen 2-0 Napoli (Agg. 5-0): Sorry Partenopei crash out in Czech Rep.

Viktoria Plzen defeated Napoli 2-0 in their Europa League round of 16 encounter, meaning the Italians were undone 5-0 on aggregate.

The Czech side had Jan Kovarik and Stanislav Tecl, whose second half goals clinched the tie.

Not that this was much of a surprise as Napoli were on the back foot from the off as Plzen had an early chance through Frantisek Rajtoral.

It took a while for Napoli to settle with Lorenzo Insigne and Emanuele Calaio having reasonable shots saved by Matus Kozacik in the Plzen goal.

Marek Bakos almost put the Czechs in the lead on the night as his shot could only be poked wide after pressure from Rolando.

In the second period, Walter Mazzarri brought on Edinson Cavani and Gokhan Inler in a bid to rescue the tie, but it had little effect.

Bakos was once more in the thick of the action as his free header went just over the bar, before Morgan De Sanctis produced a good save to deny Plzen from long range.

However, the breakthrough was soon forthcoming as a Pavel Horvath cross wasn’t dealt with properly and Kovarik smashed the ball directly at De Sanctis, but the goalkeeper didn’t get hold of the ball and it slipped under his body and into the net.

Plzen’s second of the night came soon after. An excellent 4v3 counter attack culminated in Tecl curling a ball from the edge of the area into the far corner, leaving De Sanctis stranded and Napoli beaten.

It could have been even worse for the Partenopei as Radim Reznik rattled the crossbar in the dying moments, though Insigne forced a good save from Kozacik in the end.

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