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Extra men made to count

Published: Wednesday 20 October 2004, 0.55CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-1 AS Roma Leverkusen top Group B after coming from behind to beat nine-man Roma.

Match statistics

LeverkusenRoma

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
4
Attempts off target13
 
1
Corners2
 
0
Offsides4
 
4
Fouls committed17
 
23
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
2

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 20 October 2004, 0.55CET

Extra men made to count

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-1 AS Roma Leverkusen top Group B after coming from behind to beat nine-man Roma.

By Mark Bennett at the BayArena

Bayer 04 Leverkusen came from behind to beat nine-man AS Roma thanks to goals from Roque Junior, Jacek Krzynówek and França and move to the top of UEFA Champions League Group B.

Second half strikes
Leverkusen dominated much of the early play, but fell behind on 26 minutes when Francesco Totti’s free-kick was deflected into the net by Dimitar Berbatov. However, there was no stopping Leverkusen after the break: Roque Junior equalised three minutes into the second half and both Krzynówek and França then struck to secure all three points.

Montella scare
The pattern of the match became clear in the opening minutes. Roma sat back in defence waiting for their chances on the break and Vincenzo Montella soon broke forward but saw his shot saved by Jörg Butt. Leverkusen tried to control the run of play and, as coach Klaus Augenthaler had demanded, attacked down the wings with a revamped 3-4-3 lineup.

Lucky escape
They hit back soon after the Montella effort and Krzynówek came close after a Jermaine Jones cross on three minutes. Leverkusen should have taken the lead minutes later when the Polish international’s free-kick fell perfectly for Roque Junior, but the Brazilian defender put his close-range header wide.

Berbatov unlucky
Leverkusen continued to worry the Roma defence and were unlucky when Robson Ponté sent a chipped pass on to Berbatov's head. The Bulgarian beat goalkeeper Carlo Zotti only to see his effort hit the bar. Roma, meanwhile, had to wait until midway through the first half before creating their next chance. Totti found Montella waiting on the edge of the area, but his shot was easily saved.

Roma ahead
The visitors made their next attempt count after 26 minutes, however, as Totti's free-kick took a vicious deflection off Berbatov. Leverkusen tried desperately to get an equaliser before the break, but both Carsten Ramelow and Bernd Schneider pulled their efforts wide.

Early equaliser
Augenthaler decided to field an even more attacking lineup in the second half. Ramelow was replaced by França and this prompted a change in the formation with Leverkusen now playing as a 3-3-4. Only three minutes into the second half Augenthaler's courage was rewarded: Ponté's longe-range free-kick was faintly touched on by Roque Junior, which was enough to beat Zotti.

Unorthodox finish
Leverkusen then put the pressure on the visitors and Roma were struggling to get the ball out of their own half. That is when Krzynówek put the hosts ahead just before the hour-mark. Jones's cross fell for the Polish international, who hit an unorthodox volley from the edge of the area which Zotti could do nothing to stop.

Panucci off
Two minutes later the Italian side's hopes took a further blow when referee Eric Poulat sent off Christian Panucci for elbowing Krzynówek when the two players rose for a header. Nursing a 2-1 lead, Leverkusen no longer attacked with the same venom, but França and Paul Freier could have increased the home team’s tally.

De Rossi off
Roma's last chance to get something from the game disappeared when Totti curled a late free-kick tantalisingly over the wall only to see the ball skim off the crossbar, and soon after Daniele De Rossi was shown a straight red card for kicking out at Krzynówek.

Victory complete
Leverkusen then rubbed it in further when França tapped home from close range with the last kick of the game, and his side are now above FC Dynamo Kyiv and Real Madrid CF on goal difference. Roma, without a point, welcome Leverkusen on 3 November.

Last updated: 20/10/04 12.05CET

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

roma

Roma

1
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
12
ZottiCarlo Zotti (GK)
Yellow Card44
3
Roque JuniorRoque Junior
Goal48
2
PanucciChristian Panucci
Red Card61
4
JuanJuan
4
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Red Card87
5
NowotnyJens Nowotny (C)
8
FerrariMatteo Ferrari
7
PontéRobson Ponté
Yellow Card40
Substitution90+1
9
MontellaVincenzo Montella
Substitution50
8
JonesJermaine Jones
Substitution67
10
TottiFrancesco Totti (C)
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
Goal26
18
CassanoAntonio Cassano
16
KrzynówekJacek Krzynówek
Goal59
19
ScurtoGiuseppe Scurto
25
SchneiderBernd Schneider
Yellow Card43
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
Yellow Card31
Substitution73
28
RamelowCarsten Ramelow
Substitution46
25
CufréLeandro Cufré
35
PlacenteDiego Placente
30
ManciniMancini
Yellow Card48
Substitution67

Substitutes

20
StarkeTom Starke (GK)
1
CurciGianluca Curci (GK)
10
FreierPaul Freier
Substitution67
Yellow Card84
7
SartorLuigi Sartor
Substitution67
11
FrançaFrança
Substitution46
Goal90+4
11
CorviaDaniele Corvia
14
BalitschHanno Balitsch
Substitution90+1
21
D'AgostinoGaetano D'Agostino
18
SahinKenan Sahin
23
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Substitution50
Yellow Card83
19
BabićMarko Babić
29
De MartinoRaffaele De Martino
29
Callsen-BrackerJan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker
99
MidoMido
Substitution73

Coach

Claude Bouillet (FRA) Mustafa Denizli (TUR)

Referee

Eric Poulat (FRA)

Assistant referees

Nelly Viennot (FRA), Daniel Bequignat (FRA)

Fourth official

Stéphane Moulin (FRA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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