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Roma drop points away at Plzen in Europa League opener

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Egypt international was an unused substitute in Roma’s opener that ended in a 1-1 draw at Viktoria Plzen on Thursday.

After they missed out on the Champions League group stage, the Giallarossi’s first match in the Europa League saw Diego Perotti’s penalty cancelled out by a Marek Bakos goal.

Viktoria Plzen XI: Bolek; Hubnik; Hejda; Limbersky; Mateju; Kace; Horava; Zeman; Kopic; Duris; Bakos.

Roma XI: Alisson; Fazio; Manolas; Jesus; Peres; Paredes; Gerson; Nainggolan; Perotti; El Shaarawy; Iturbe.

Roma got their Europa League campaign underway with a tricky fixture away at Czech champions Viktoria Plzen. The Giallorossi are competing in the Europa League after they lost their Champions League final playoff games to Porto.

The visitors got off to a dream start, as Diego Perotti dispatched a penalty after Stephan El Shaarawy was fouled in the area four minutes into the game.

However, the home side would soon equalise through Marek Bakos, as his header to the far post squeezed into the net, making it 1-1 in the 11th minute.

Although Roma would dominate possession, and eventually would bring on super-sub Francesco Totti, they were unable to take the lead, and as a result they would leave the Czech Republic with one point.

The result means that Roma and Plzen are joint second in the group behind Austria Wien, who won 3-2 away at Romanian champions Astra Giurgiu, who defeated West Ham United to reach the group stage.

Match Reporter and Editor at KingFut.com. Quantity surveyor from South East London. Support Leyton Orient and Inter at club level. Due to my mixed heritage I also support England, Egypt and Poland at national level. If it involves a stadium and a football then I'll watch it.

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