The home team started in the same line-up as in Sunday’s 2:1 league win over Slavia. Stopper and captain Hejda started only on the bench. Dinamo created the first opportunity in the sixth minute. Ristovský’s shot from outside the penalty area was blocked by goalkeeper Staněk, who after a head injury returned to the field wearing a protective helmet.
The visiting goalkeeper Zagorac lost the ball in the 25th minute after an aerial duel with Chorý, and the Pilsen forward hit it into the empty net, but the referee disallowed the goal due to an offensive foul.
The West Bohemians continued to press. After the corner, Mišič played in the box with his hands and in the 35th minute the penalty kick was easily converted by Chorý, who thus additionally celebrated the prime minister’s nomination to the representative A-team.
The home team could have added an insurance after that, but Kalvach’s shot was blocked by Zagorac, and then even the onrushing Dweh and Cadu failed. Just before the break, Chorý failed in a 100% chance when he mishandled the ball in front of Zagorac and only hit the goalkeeper.
The reigning Croatian champions could have equalized shortly after the change of sides, but Špikič narrowly missed. Dinamo was much more active after that than in the first half. Staněk did not keep the ball after Mišič’s blow, and referee Sidiropulos ordered a penalty kick for the visitors after the subsequent contact of the home goalkeeper with Baturona. However, he called it off again in the 70th minute after intervention by the video referee (VAR) and a check on the monitor.
In the dramatic ending, Viktoria was once again helped by VAR, which revealed close offside during Kulenović’s equalizing goal. In this year’s Conference League, including the preliminary rounds, Pilsen maintained their invincibility and won the ninth out of ten matches. Dinamo lost in the Czech Republic in European cups for the third time in a row.
Coach Miroslav Koubek’s men will play in the penultimate duel of the group in three weeks at the Ballkani stadium. The Kosovar team has four points on their account, just like Astana, their Thursday match in Kazakhstan ended 0:0. Dinamo is last in the table with three points.