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Raúl revives ailing Madrid

Published: Wednesday 29 September 2004, 0.08CET
Real Madrid CF 4-2 AS Roma Two Raúl González goals help Madrid overcome a two-goal deficit.

Match statistics

Real MadridRoma

Goals scored4
 
2
Attempts on target8
 
5
Attempts off target9
 
4
Corners3
 
5
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed21
 
15
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 29 September 2004, 0.08CET

Raúl revives ailing Madrid

Real Madrid CF 4-2 AS Roma Two Raúl González goals help Madrid overcome a two-goal deficit.

By Andy Hall at the Santiago Bernabéu

Real Madrid CF overcame a two-goal deficit to seal an astonishing UEFA Champions League Group B win, against an AS Roma side that had initially stunned the home side with two early goals. Madrid captain Raúl González inspired the comeback with two goals, while Luís Figo and Roberto Carlos scored the others.

Reputations at stake
A failure to set their domestic campaigns alight has heralded a change of coaches at both clubs since Matchday 1 defeats, and while Zinedine Zidane returned to Mariano García Remón's home side with his injured shoulder heavily strapped, Roma caretaker, Ezio Sella, was able to field ex-Madrid defender Christian Panucci, who had been doubtful with muscular problems.

Roma go ahead
Roma took just two minutes to open the scoring, following an earlier opportunity where Iván Helguera had been forced to head the ball into touch after Mancini had beaten Iker Casillas. From the resulting corner, the visitors broke the offside trap with a neatly-threaded ball from Traianos Dellas to Daniele de Rossi, who gleefully flicked the ball into the net. Madrid's response was to launch a quick-fire attack, which culminated in Raúl curling a shot just past the post. Moments later Helguera saw his low drive  held by Ivan Pelizzoli.

Jittery defending
Nerves were evident in Madrid's defence every time Roma came forward. They were made to pay for their jittery defending after 21 minutes when Ezio Sella's team doubled their lead. Francesco Totti played in Simone Perrotta, whose touch found Antonio Cassano. The young striker beat Casillas with a shot that went just inside the post, and Madrid's goalkeeper was in action again soon after, pushing over a Totti free-kick.

Raúl hits back
Madrid continued to dominate possession but their chances were limited to a series of off-target Roberto Carlos shots from distance. Their hopes were lifted, though, when Raúl pulled a goal back after 40 minutes. He reacted sharply to Zidane’s pass on the edge of the area, and his shot was deflected off the boot of Dellas before looping over Pelizzoli and into the net to make it 2-1.

Penalty decision
A half-time pep talk from García Remón seemed to boost Madrid, who returned to the game in determined fashion. Figo charged his way into the Roma box just seconds after the restart but Pelizzoli easily gathered his low cross. The scores were levelled seven minutes after the restart following a controversial penalty decision. Raúl, sandwiched between Panucci and Dellas, was judged to have been pushed while leaping for a cross. Figo confidently struck the spot-kick low and hard to Pelizzoli’s right to restore parity.

Comeback on the cards
Madrid scented the chance to take all three points from the game, and dominated possession in the second half. Their patience paid off after 71 minutes, when Raúl grabbed his second goal of the evening, poking in a low Figo drive from close range. Suddenly rejuvenated, Madrid sought a fourth goal. Ronaldo, who had been closely shackled by Leandro Cufré and Dellas, broke free but his low volley skidded across the face of goal.

Roberto Carlos seals win
Roberto Carlos, who bore the brunt of much of the criticism from the team’s fans, responded by smashing a blistering strike into the top corner with ten minutes left on the clock. The Brazilian made celebratory gestures towards the stands to acknowledge his effort. He almost doubled his tally in added time but his ambitious volley from David Beckham’s sweeping pass flew just over the top. By then, Madrid had already sealed their first win of this European campaign.

Last updated: 29/09/04 13.05CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

roma

Roma

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
22
PelizzoliIvan Pelizzoli (GK)
2
Míchel SalgadoMíchel Salgado
2
PanucciChristian Panucci
Yellow Card52
3
Roberto CarlosRoberto Carlos
Goal79
4
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Goal3
Substitution76
5
ZidaneZinédine Zidane
10
TottiFrancesco Totti (C)
6
Iván HelgueraIván Helguera
Yellow Card49
15
DacourtOlivier Dacourt
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González (C)
Goal39
Goal72
Substitution82
18
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Goal21
9
RonaldoRonaldo
Substitution85
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
10
Luís FigoLuís Figo
Goal53
25
CufréLeandro Cufré
19
SamuelWalter Samuel
Yellow Card86
30
ManciniMancini
20
CeladesAlbert Celades
Yellow Card45
Substitution64
31
DellasTraianos Dellas
23
BeckhamDavid Beckham
32
CandelaVincent Candela
Substitution61

Substitutes

26
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
1
CurciGianluca Curci (GK)
8
MorientesFernando Morientes
7
SartorLuigi Sartor
Substitution61
11
OwenMichael Owen
8
FerrariMatteo Ferrari
14
GutiGuti
Substitution64
9
MontellaVincenzo Montella
15
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
Substitution85
19
ScurtoGiuseppe Scurto
22
PavónPaco Pavón
Substitution82
23
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
24
MejíaÁlvaro Mejía
99
MidoMido
Substitution76

Coach

Raul Masso Zambudio (ESP) Ezio Sella (ITA)

Referee

Valentin Ivanov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Vladimir Eniutin (RUS), Evgueni Volnin (RUS)

Fourth official

Stanislav Sukhina (RUS)

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