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Perrotta earns Roma prize

Published: Thursday 19 October 2006, 0.30CET
Olympiacos CFP 0-1 AS Roma Simone Perrotta's late strike in Athens gave the visitors a firm grip on second place in Group D at Olympiacos's expense.
by Graham Wood
from Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium

Match statistics

OlympiacosRoma

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target3
 
2
Attempts off target3
 
3
Corners2
 
4
Offsides1
 
5
Fouls committed19
 
18
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 19 October 2006, 0.30CET

Perrotta earns Roma prize

Olympiacos CFP 0-1 AS Roma Simone Perrotta's late strike in Athens gave the visitors a firm grip on second place in Group D at Olympiacos's expense.

AS Roma secured a firm grip on second place in Group D by taking three vital points against Olympiacos CFP thanks to Simone Perrotta's solitary goal at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.

Match-winner
The Italy midfielder slid in substitute Aleandro Rosi's cross to break Olympiacos hearts and hand Roma their first UEFA Champions League away win in five matches following a tense encounter in the Greek capital. Trond Sollied's Olympiacos had the majority of the chances but were undone by a determined display by Luciano Spalletti's men, who will be confident about facing the Greek champions again on Matchday 4.

Disallowed goal
Roma had burst out of the blocks, forcing a corner in the first minute through Francesco Totti's raid down the right, and the Italian team continued to take the initiative by penning Olympiacos inside their own half. Indeed, it took Olympiacos ten minutes to register their first shot, Predrag Djordjević waking the home fans with a long-range effort over Doni's crossbar. Olympiacos then had the ball in the net after 28 minutes when striker Michalis Konstantinou prodded home after Georgios Anatolakis had hit the crossbar from close range. However, referee Graham Poll spotted a handball by Anatolakis and the goal was disallowed.

Rivaldo frustration
Roma midfielder Ricardo Faty shadowed Rivaldo in the first half and was instrumental in breaking up the home side's midfield moves. The Brazilian danger man finally broke free from Faty's shackles on the half-hour but his long-distance volley was comfortably gathered by Doni. Olympiacos winger Nery Alberto Castillo then showed a glimpse of his skill six minutes before half-time, drawing a fine diving save from Doni after a jinking run that took him past three Roma defenders.

Cagey affair
Both teams looked tense after the break and began tentatively. After a sustained period of possession, however, Roma threatened from a corner ten minutes after the restart. The ball was worked into the centre and Totti got his first sight of goal but his snapshot flashed high over Antonios Nikopolidis's crossbar. Three minutes later, Cristian Chivu curled a left-footed strike goalwards but Nikopolidis was equal to it, acrobatically denying the Giallorossi defender.

Breakthrough made
Olympiacos created an opening at the other end on 69 minutes when Djordjević released substitute Miloš Marić, only for the midfielder to slice his shot just wide of Doni's right post with the keeper at full stretch. Instead, it was Roma who broke the deadlock in the 76th minute following a flowing move down the right. Totti held up play brilliantly before threading the ball through for the overlapping Rosi whose low centre was touched in by Perrotta. The largely ineffective Rivaldo was replaced by Félix Borja seven minutes from time as Sollied attempted to steal an equaliser but Roma hung on for a precious win.

Last updated: 18/10/06 23.20CET

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Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

roma

Roma

71
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
32
DoniDoni (GK)
1
KafesPantelis Kafes
Substitution59
2
PanucciChristian Panucci
6
StoltidisIeroklis Stoltidis
10
TottiFrancesco Totti (C)
7
CastilloNery Castillo
11
TaddeiRodrigo Taddei
Substitution90+2
10
RivaldoRivaldo
Substitution83
13
ChivuCristian Chivu
11
P. DjordjevićPredrag Djordjević (C)
Substitution70
14
FatyRicardo Faty
Substitution77
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
16
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
21
GeorgatosGrigoris Georgatos
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
Goal76
23
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
21
FerrariMatteo Ferrari
32
AnatolakisGeorgios Anatolakis
22
TonettoMax Tonetto
Yellow Card3
55
Júlio CésarJúlio César
77
CassettiMarco Cassetti
Substitution66

Substitutes

74
ButinaTomislav Butina (GK)
1
CurciGianluca Curci (GK)
2
PatsatzoglouChristos Patsatzoglou
8
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Substitution77
3
DomiDidier Domi
18
VirgaValerio Virga
8
MarićMiloš Marić
Substitution59
19
DefendiRodrigo Defendi
Substitution90+2
9
OkkasIoannis Okkas
Substitution70
23
VučinićMirko Vučinić
18
BorjaFélix Borja
Substitution83
28
RosiAleandro Rosi
Substitution66
27
OuaddouAbdeslam Ouaddou
35
OkakaStefano Okaka

Coach

Trond Sollied (NOR) Luciano Spalletti (ITA)

Referee

Graham Poll (ENG)

Assistant referees

David Bryan (ENG), Kevin Pike (ENG)

Fourth official

Mike Dean (ENG)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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