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Cassano downs brave Genk

Published: Wednesday 2 October 2002, 22.45CET
KRC Genk 0-1 AS Roma Antonio Cassano heads the winner against ten-man Genk.

Match statistics

GenkRoma

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target4
 
5
Attempts off target8
 
7
Corners5
 
4
Offsides0
5
Fouls committed14
 
19
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

Group C

PPts
Real Madrid CF Real Madrid37
AS Roma Roma34
AEK Athens FC AEK33
KRC Genk Genk31
Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 2 October 2002, 22.45CET

Cassano downs brave Genk

KRC Genk 0-1 AS Roma Antonio Cassano heads the winner against ten-man Genk.

AS Roma finally scored their first UEFA Champions League goal of the season, Antonio Cassano getting the all-important strike to decide their Group C clash with ten-man KRC Genk at the Fenixstadion. The Belgian side played the last 78 minutes of the game one man down after goalkeeper Jan Moons was sent off.

Goalless minutes
Roma had gone 380 Champions League minutes without scoring before Cassano, a half-time substitute for Brazilian full-back Cafu, finally broke the deadlock in bizarre circumstances.

Calm header
The danger looked to have been cleared when Ivorian defender Didier Zokora hooked clear a Francesco Totti through-ball aimed at Vincenzo Montella, but substitute keeper Davy Schollen had raced from his goalline, and was left stranded as Cassano calmly headed the loose ball into the goal from 22 metres.

Harsh defeat
Defeat was harsh on Genk, who had battled hard to contain Roma after the 12th-minute dismissal of Moons. Totti raced clear on to a looping through-ball and, as he got his toe to the ball, Moons clearly blocked the effort with his fists.

Looking bleak
At that stage things looked bleak for the home side. A moment before the dismissal, Totti had floated a chip just over after Zakora had been caught in possession, and it seemed only a matter of time before Roma opened the floodgates.

Home possession
But Genk dug in, and, although Roma had the best chance of the half when Gabriel Batistuta eluded the offside trap only to be denied by Schollen, it was the home side who had the bulk of early possession.

Daerden threat
Deprived of a right-wing outlet by the decision to remove Mirsad Bešlija for Schollen, they focused their attacks down the left, where Koen Daerden was a constant threat, his crosses frequently threatening to service the aerial threat of Moumouni Dagano.

Enter Cassano
The introduction of Cassano at half-time heralded a more attack-minded Roma, as they switched to what was effectively a 4-3-3 formation, with Totti operating just behind Batistuta and the substitute drifting wide to the right.

Golden chance
Cassano, indeed, looked much the likeliest to create something, and he had already won a corner after a clever jink on the edge of the box when he laid on a golden chance for Batistuta just after the hour. The Argentinian, stretching, though, saw his shot deflected wide by the chest of Schollen.

Genk shattered
Once Genk had gone behind they looked shattered, and as Roma knocked the ball around calmly, it seemed they were too exhausted even to mount an attack. Indeed Totti, who hit a hat-trick against Brescia Calcio at the weekend, almost doubled Roma's advantage as his 22-metre free-kick came back off the upright.

Sonck chance
At the death, though, Genk almost snatched an equaliser, substitute Marco Ingrao crossing from the left for Wesley Sonck, who jinked inside Jonathan Zebina, only for the Frenchman to slide in and deflect the ball wide for a corner.

Genk frustration
Sonck was left beating the ground in frustration, and so too were Genk, who, with just one point from their first three games have a mountain to climb if they are to qualify. Roma meanwhile, move to second in the table, a point ahead of AEK Athens FC, who drew 3-3 with Real Madrid CF.

Last updated: 03/10/02 6.32CET

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Lineups

genk

Genk

roma

Roma

1
MoonsJan Moons (GK)
Red Card10
1
AntonioliFrancesco Antonioli (GK)
2
TomašićIgor Tomašić
2
CafuCafu
Substitution46
4
ZokoraDidier Zokora
Yellow Card72
5
ZebinaJonathan Zebina
6
BešlijaMirsad Bešlija
Substitution12
8
LimaFrancisco Lima
8
SonckWesley Sonck
10
TottiFrancesco Totti (C)
9
DaganoMoumouni Dagano
11
EmersonEmerson
Yellow Card77
10
SkokoJosip Skoko (C)
Yellow Card88
17
TommasiDamiano Tommasi
Yellow Card20
Substitution53
13
RoumaniAkran Roumani
Substitution85
19
SamuelWalter Samuel
Yellow Card41
14
ThijsBernd Thijs
23
PanucciChristian Panucci
20
DaerdenKoen Daerden
Substitution68
32
CandelaVincent Candela
Yellow Card31
22
WamforJustice Wamfor
33
BatistutaGabriel Batistuta
Yellow Card51
Substitution68

Substitutes

26
SchollenDavy Schollen (GK)
Substitution12
12
ZottiCarlo Zotti (GK)
3
SoleySeyfo Soley
Substitution68
4
SartorLuigi Sartor
5
DelbroekWilfried Delbroek
9
MontellaVincenzo Montella
Substitution68
15
De CamargoIgor De Camargo
14
TomićIvan Tomić
Substitution53
18
VanbeurenKevin Vanbeuren
18
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Substitution46
Goal81
25
IngraoMarco Ingrao
Substitution85
28
GuardiolaJosep Guardiola
30
SuzukiTakayuki Suzuki
31
DellasTraianos Dellas

Coach

Sef Vergoossen (NED)

Referee

Alain Sars (FRA)

Assistant referees

Patrick Reinbold (FRA), Jean-Paul Chaudre (FRA)

Fourth official

Thierry Auriac (FRA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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