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Rocky Roma reach second stage

Published: Tuesday 12 November 2002, 22.00CET
AS Roma 1-1 AEK Athens FC Roma resistance secures progress at the expense of undefeated AEK.

Match statistics

RomaAEK

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target10
 
1
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners10
 
6
Offsides13
 
7
Fouls committed18
 
20
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group C

PPts
Real Madrid CF Real Madrid69
AS Roma Roma69
AEK Athens FC AEK66
KRC Genk Genk64
Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 12 November 2002, 22.00CET

Rocky Roma reach second stage

AS Roma 1-1 AEK Athens FC Roma resistance secures progress at the expense of undefeated AEK.

AS Roma scraped their way through to Friday's draw for the UEFA Champions League's second group stage after a nail-biting 1-1 draw with AEK Athens FC at the Stadio Olimpico.

Late drama
A first-half header from Marco Delvecchio put Roma in the driving seat, but Walter Centeno equalised in the 90th minute, forcing Roma to hang on for six-and-a-half nervewracking minutes of added time.

AEK undefeated
The result means AEK, who made Champions League history by drawing all six of their Group C games, drop into the UEFA Cup despite being undefeated. Roma, who dominated the match but lacked the killer instinct infront of goal, progress to the tournament's last 16 along with group winners Real Madrid CF.

Stubborn defending
For much of the first half it seemed Roma, who had found the net just twice in their first five games, would fail to score at all. A combination of stubborn defending and a mean offside trap kept Roma's chances to a minimum.

Chiotis chaos
Dionisios Chiotis was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers. The 25-year-old spilled a 13th-minute effort from Cafu and 14 minutes later narrowed the angle causing Christian Panucci, who was at the heart of everything for the home side, to clip a shot narrowly wide from eight metres out.

Deadly Delvecchio
On 36 minutes Cafu's cross from the left presented Delvecchio with a gilt-edged chance, but despite rising to meet the swerving ball, the striker flicked a header wide of the far post. Four minutes later Chiotis made a stunning parried save from Panucci's vicious effort but when Georgos Georgatos made a mess of his clearance, Panucci nodded the ball forward for Delvecchio, whose looping header gave Roma a well-deserved lead.

Clever chip
Roma played a more guarded game after half-time, breaking forward sporadically and allowing AEK to take possession in their own half. But on one surge forward eight minutes into the second period, Cafu's clever chip played in Delvecchio and, as the striker tried to lob the onrushing Chiotis, the AEK goalkeeper appeared to block the ball with his arm outside his area, but the referee waved play on.

Cassano calamity
Five minutes later Delvecchio's trickery on the left fed Vincenzo Montella, who sprinted into the area and drew a wonderful save from Chiotis with an angled, left-footed drive. The ball dropped to to Antonio Cassano, unmarked six metres from goal, but he completely failed to connect despite having the goal at his mercy.

Montella miss
Midway through the half Vassilios Tsartas sent a rising drive over the bar from 22 metres as AEK signalled their goalscoring intentions and at the other end Montella missed a wonderful goalscoring opportunity. Cafu's chipped pass fell to the striker, who brought the ball down but waited too long and failed to beat Chiotis with his shot.

Centeno scores
As the clock ran down it seemed Roma had done enough to top the group but when Tsartas swung in a swerving free-kick at the death, Centeno stuck out a leg to prod the ball past the helpless Francesco Antonioli and salvage some pride for the tireless Greek side.

Last updated: 13/11/02 5.26CET

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Lineups

roma

Roma

aek

AEK

1
AntonioliFrancesco Antonioli (GK)
22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
2
CafuCafu
Substitution90
2
BorbokisVassilios Borbokis (C)
5
ZebinaJonathan Zebina
6
ZagorakisTheodoros Zagorakis
Yellow Card62
8
LimaFrancisco Lima
Substitution81
11
NikolaidisDemis Nikolaidis
9
MontellaVincenzo Montella
18
CentenoWalter Centeno
Goal90
11
EmersonEmerson
19
WrightMauricio Wright
17
TommasiDamiano Tommasi (C)
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
18
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Substitution65
23
LakisVasilis Lakis
Substitution61
19
SamuelWalter Samuel
31
GeorgatosGrigoris Georgatos
23
PanucciChristian Panucci
32
KapsisMichalis Kapsis
Substitution46
24
DelvecchioMarco Delvecchio
Goal40
Yellow Card49
37
NalitzisDimitrios Nalitzis
Substitution46

Substitutes

22
PelizzoliIvan Pelizzoli (GK)
33
MihailidisChrisostomos Mihailidis (GK)
6
AldairAldair
5
KostenoglouNikolaos Kostenoglou
Substitution46
13
CufréLeandro Cufré
Substitution65
8
KreekMichel Kreek
20
BombardiniDavide Bombardini
Substitution90
10
TsiartasVasilis Tsiartas
Substitution61
25
GuigouGianni Guigou
Substitution81
17
KasapisMihalis Kasapis
28
GuardiolaJosep Guardiola
20
KonstantinidisSotirios Konstantinidis
31
DellasTraianos Dellas
30
IvićIlija Ivić
Substitution46

Coach

Dušan Bajević (SRB)

Referee

Stéphane Bre (FRA)

Assistant referees

Lionel Dagorne (FRA), Serge Vallin (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Kalt (FRA)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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