Feb 20, 2014 at 8.05pm UK
Viktoria Plzen
1-1
ShakhtarShakhtar Donetsk
Tecl (62')
Petrzela (31'), Horvath (76'), Limbersky (88'), Prochazka (92')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Adriano (66')
Costa (35'), Hubschman (54'), Rakitskiy (59')

Result: Shakhtar Donetsk held by Viktoria Plzen

Result: Shakhtar held by Plzen
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Shakhtar Donetsk take a small advantage in their Europa League tie against Viktoria Plzen after a 1-1 draw in Czech Republic.

Viktoria Plzen have held Shakhtar Donetsk to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League knockout tie.

The Ukrainian side had by far the better of the play but were unable to beat the hosts' goalkeeper and had to settle for the slight advantage of an away goal.

Shakhtar started the game brightly and created several early opportunities through Taison, Douglas Costa and Alex Teixeira.

The Brazilian trio continued their threat throughout the half, with Costa in particular able to get behind the home defence several times.

Matus Kozacik remained strong in the Plzen goal though, punching, catching and blocking anything that came into the six-yard box to keep his side level at the break.

Shortly into the second half, almost out of nowhere, Stanislav Tecl found space inside the box and put the home side ahead.

The lead did not last long, however, as minutes later Darijo Srna found Luiz Adriano with a fine pass and the striker fired the ball into the corner, giving the goalkeeper no chance.

Shakhtar continued to push forward in search of a winner but unfortunately were unable to really test the goalkeeper from then on in, and will be disappointed not to have gained a bigger advantage ahead of the second leg.

Phil Jones of Manchester United crosses the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Shakhtar Donetsk at Old Trafford on December 10, 2013
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