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Carew breaks Roma resistance

Published: Tuesday 18 February 2003, 22.00CET
AS Roma 0-1 Valencia CF A John Carew goal 12 minutes from time condemns Roma to a third defeat.

Match statistics

RomaValencia

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target1
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
3
Corners7
 
4
Offsides9
 
5
Fouls committed29
 
26
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

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Published: Tuesday 18 February 2003, 22.00CET

Carew breaks Roma resistance

AS Roma 0-1 Valencia CF A John Carew goal 12 minutes from time condemns Roma to a third defeat.

A freak John Carew goal gave unbeaten Valencia CF the narrowest of wins at AS Roma, leaving the Italian side still without a point, and well off the pace in UEFA Champions League Group B. With the game seemingly heading for a goalless draw, Carew's cross somehow flew into the net, to deal Roma's campaign yet another blow.

Depleted Roma
The signs were not good for the Italians, yet to record a home win in this year's tournament. Captain and inspirational attacker Francesco Totti had pulled out with a back problem, joining the injured Vincent Candela and the suspended Emerson and Walter Samuel on the sidelines. Valencia were without right-back Curro Torres, but were able to field recent signing and Champions League debutant Anthony Réveillère in his place.

Not intimidated
However, Roma showed they were not intimidated with a promising start. Vincenzo Montella's pace gave the visiting defence early problems, while the Spanish champions struggled to put together the long passing movements they have used to dominate games this season.

Zebina heads wide
Santiago Cañizares narrowly escaped a red card on nine minutes, referee Wolfgang Stark adjudging his foul on the breaking Montella a bookable offence only, but Cafu's free-kick was headed only just wide by Jonathan Zebina.

Tipped over
Valencia then had a good spell themselves, and went close as Francisco Rufete shot wide and then Vicente Rodríguez sent a cross across the face of goal. Pablo Aimar, though forced back into midfield by Roma's sound defending, nearly set up a goal on 25 minutes when his quickly taken free-kick resulted in Rufete's long-range effort being tipped over by Roma goalkeeper Ivan Pelizzoli. But gradually the sides cancelled each other out, only Cafu and Rufete's wing play looking likely to produce chances.

Further injuries
Montella's replacement by Antonio Cassano at the break gave Roma an extra spark, the substitute looking fresh and hungry. Ten minutes into the second half, however, the home team then lost both Traianos Dellas and Marco Delvecchio to injury, breaking up their rhythm.

Shot blocked
Indeed, both teams struggled for momentum, although Dellas's absence freed up Aimar, and Valencia introduced Kily González and Mista to try and find some spark. It appeared to be having little effect but suddenly, 12 minutes from the end, and moments after Rubén Baraja had had a shot blocked by Pelizzoli, a goal came out of the blue.

Valencia ahead
Carew, who had been very quiet in the second period, hit a seemingly innocuous cross from the right wing. Too close to the goal for any Valencia forward to connect with, the ball swerved, catching out Pelizzoli, and sneaking inside his near post.

Decisive moment
It came as a shock for Roma, and they never recovered their poise as a game that seemed to be providing them with at least a point suddenly turned into another defeat. They did not threaten the Valencia goal after falling behind, and their Champions League campaign is now in peril.

Last updated: 19/02/03 8.06CET

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Lineups

roma

Roma

valencia

Valencia

22
PelizzoliIvan Pelizzoli (GK)
1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK) (C)
Yellow Card9
2
CafuCafu
2
PellegrinoMauricio Pellegrino
5
ZebinaJonathan Zebina
Yellow Card60
4
AyalaRoberto Ayala
6
AldairAldair
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
8
LimaFrancisco Lima
7
CarewJohn Carew
Goal78
9
MontellaVincenzo Montella
Substitution46
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
17
TommasiDamiano Tommasi
14
VicenteVicente
Substitution63
23
PanucciChristian Panucci
15
CarboniAmedeo Carboni
24
DelvecchioMarco Delvecchio (C)
Substitution54
19
RufeteFrancisco Rufete
Substitution73
25
GuigouGianni Guigou
Yellow Card81
21
AimarPablo Aimar
Substitution89
31
DellasTraianos Dellas
Substitution54
33
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère

Substitutes

1
AntonioliFrancesco Antonioli (GK)
13
PalopAndrés Palop (GK)
4
SartorLuigi Sartor
3
Fábio AurélioFábio Aurélio
7
FuserDiego Fuser
5
DjukićMiroslav Djukić
13
CufréLeandro Cufré
Substitution54
11
SánchezJuan Sánchez
18
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Substitution46
12
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
Substitution89
20
BombardiniDavide Bombardini
Substitution54
18
Kily GonzálezKily González
Substitution63
Yellow Card68
27
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
20
MistaMista
Substitution73
Yellow Card84

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Volker Wezel (GER), Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)

Fourth official

Michael Weiner (GER)

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