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Figo propels Madrid forward

Published: Thursday 9 December 2004, 0.07CET
AS Roma 0-3 Real Madrid CF Two second-half goals from Luís Figo ensure of Madrid's place in the next phase.

Match statistics

RomaReal Madrid

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target6
 
5
Attempts off target7
 
6
Corners9
 
1
Offsides7
 
2
Fouls committed11
 
16
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 9 December 2004, 0.07CET

Figo propels Madrid forward

AS Roma 0-3 Real Madrid CF Two second-half goals from Luís Figo ensure of Madrid's place in the next phase.

By Michael Harrold

Two second-half goals from Luís Figo made sure of Real Madrid CF's place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League as they beat AS Roma 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico.

Ronaldo opener
Victory would have assured Madrid's progress as runners-up regardless of the score in the night's other Group B match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Dynamo Kyiv and Ronaldo put Madrid on the right path with the opening goal in the ninth minute. A Figo penalty on 60 minutes made the game safe before he added the third late on.

Totti rested
Roma coach Luigi Del Neri's hands were tied by a lengthy injury list, and with his side's European campaign sure to end after the match, Francesco Totti, Christian Panucci, Antonio Cassano and Vincenzo Montella were given the night off. Philippe Mexes returned in defence, with Vincent Candela patrolling the left side of midfield and Marco Delvecchio in the centre of a three-man attack.

Full strength
Roberto Carlos and Raúl González were rested for Sunday's draw with Villarreal CF, but both returned as Madrid coach Mariano García Remón fielded his full firmament of stars. Zinedine Zidane was included for the first time since suffering a back injury in the draw with Leverkusen two weeks ago, and Figo, also missing against Villarreal, shook off an ankle problem to start.

Ronaldo chance
The game was played in an empty Olimpico, part of Roma's punishment for crowd disturbances on Matchday 1. The eerie silence belied the fixture's importance, but did not disturb Madrid's concentration. In only the second minute Figo crossed for Ronaldo, but, unmarked, the Brazilian powered his header wide.

Madrid ahead
Ronaldo made the most of his second opportunity seven minutes later, exchanging passes with Zidane before scything through the Roma defence and chipping over the advancing Ivan Pelizzoli. Madrid were in control and both Raúl and Ronaldo came close in quick succession, the latter after collecting a superb 40-metre pass beyond the Roma defence from David Beckham.

Roma chances
Roma began to see more of the ball as the half progressed and on 31 minutes Candela struck the top of the crossbar with a free-kick, before Daniele Corvia, enjoying his first Champions League start, shot over from a tight angle. But Pelizzoli could not afford to relax and on 37 minutes he did well to hold Roberto Carlos's characteristic low, swerving drive.

Casillas saves
Iker Casillas punched away Leandro Cufré's shot shortly before the break, a reminder that Madrid's progress in the competition was by no means assured, and the Spanish side looked to up the tempo at the start of the second half. Four minutes after the restart, Ronaldo's low shot from the edge of the area was saved by Pelizzoli as Madrid passed and probed, the tap-tap of their short passes echoing round the cavernous stadium.

Figo penalty
The reward for Madrid's patience came on the hour when Ronaldo was impeded by Traianos Dellas after a surging run into the penalty area. Figo took responsibility for the spot-kick and he put it high to the left of Pelizzoli to seemingly seal his side's place in the last 16.

Figo double
Roma tried to force their way back into the match and Casillas had to be alert to fist away Candela's deflected shot on 78 minutes. A minute later Roma did get the ball in the net when Corvia turned in Matteo Ferrari's header but that effort was disallowed for offside. That was as close as Roma would come, and on 82 minutes Figo completed an excellent night for Madrid when he volleyed in from just inside the area.

Last updated: 07/05/05 20.53CET

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Lineups

roma

Roma

real madrid

Real Madrid

22
PelizzoliIvan Pelizzoli (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
2
Míchel SalgadoMíchel Salgado
8
FerrariMatteo Ferrari
3
Roberto CarlosRoberto Carlos
11
CorviaDaniele Corvia
5
ZidaneZinédine Zidane
Yellow Card64
Substitution86
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
Yellow Card69
Substitution82
6
Iván HelgueraIván Helguera
23
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González (C)
24
DelvecchioMarco Delvecchio (C)
9
RonaldoRonaldo
Goal9
Substitution84
25
CufréLeandro Cufré
10
Luís FigoLuís Figo
Goal60
Goal82
Substitution82
30
ManciniMancini
14
GutiGuti
31
DellasTraianos Dellas
Yellow Card60
19
SamuelWalter Samuel
32
CandelaVincent Candela
23
BeckhamDavid Beckham

Substitutes

12
ZottiCarlo Zotti (GK)
13
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
7
SartorLuigi Sartor
8
MorientesFernando Morientes
21
D'AgostinoGaetano D'Agostino
11
OwenMichael Owen
Substitution84
26
CerciAlessio Cerci
15
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
27
BriottiAndrea Briotti
20
CeladesAlbert Celades
Substitution86
29
De MartinoRaffaele De Martino
Substitution82
21
SolariSantiago Solari
35
SimonettaAlessandro Simonetta
22
PavónPaco Pavón
Substitution82

Coach

Mustafa Denizli (TUR) Raul Masso Zambudio (ESP)

Referee

Rene H.J. Temmink (NED)

Assistant referees

Rob B.G. Meenhuis (NED), Roger Geutjes (NED)

Fourth official

Ben H. Haverkort (NED)

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