Viktoria Plzen beat struggling Roma 2-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday to earn a Europa League spot.

Tomas Chory scored the winner with a diving header after Cengiz Under had canceled out Jan Kovarik’s opener — with all three goals coming over a 16-minute span in the second half.

The victory meant Plzen finished third in Group G.

Roma's Ivan Marcano reacts after Plzen's Jan Kovarik scored his side's opening goal during the Champions League group G soccer match between Viktoria Plzen and Roma at the Doosan arena in Pilsen, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Roma’s Ivan Marcano reacts after Plzen’s Jan Kovarik scored his side’s opening goal during the Champions League group G soccer match between Viktoria Plzen and Roma at the Doosan arena in Pilsen, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Three-time defending champion Real Madrid, which lost 3-0 to CSKA Moscow, had already won the group and Roma was already assured of finishing second.

Madrid finished with 12 points, Roma nine and Plzen and CSKA seven each.

Plzen advanced to the Europa League courtesy of a better head-to-head record with CSKA, having beaten the Russian side in their second meeting after a draw in their first encounter. The Czech side needed to match CSKA’s result to finish third.

Plzen's Jan Kovarik, second from left, scores his side's opening goal during the Champions League group G soccer match between Viktoria Plzen and Roma at the Doosan arena in Pilsen, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Plzen’s Jan Kovarik, second from left, scores his side’s opening goal during the Champions League group G soccer match between Viktoria Plzen and Roma at the Doosan arena in Pilsen, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Injury-plagued Roma, a semifinalist last season, extended its winless streak in all competitions to five matches. Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Stephan El Shaarawy were each out injured for Roma.

When Roma hosted Plzen in October, Dzeko scored a hat trick in a 5-0 victory.

Roma's Cengiz Under, left, challenges for the ball with Plzen's Roman Hubnik during the Champions League group G soccer match between Viktoria Plzen and Roma at the Doosan arena in Pilsen, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Roma’s Cengiz Under, left, challenges for the ball with Plzen’s Roman Hubnik during the Champions League group G soccer match between Viktoria Plzen and Roma at the Doosan arena in Pilsen, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Roma ended with 10 men when substitute Luca Pellegrini picked up two yellow cards.

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Source: The Associated Press

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