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Panucci sends Roma through

Published: Wednesday 6 December 2006, 0.50CET
AS Roma 1-0 Valencia CF Defender Christian Panucci scored the only goal as Roma secured second spot in Group D behind Valencia.
by Tom Kington
from Stadio Olimpico

Match statistics

RomaValencia

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
1
Attempts off target2
 
3
Corners3
 
3
Offsides6
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
19
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

5 December 2006

A Chelsea
2-0
Levski
A Barcelona
2-0
Werder
B Sporting
1-3
Spartak Moskva
B Bayern
1-1
Internazionale
C Galatasaray
3-2
Liverpool
C PSV
1-3
Bordeaux
D Olympiacos
1-1
Shakhtar
D Roma
1-0
Valencia

6 December 2006

E Dynamo
2-2
Real Madrid
E Lyon
1-1
Steaua
F Man. United
3-1
Benfica
F København
3-1
Celtic
G Porto
0-0
Arsenal
G Hamburg
3-2
CSKA Moskva
H Anderlecht
2-2
AEK
H Milan
0-2
Lille
 
Published: Wednesday 6 December 2006, 0.50CET

Panucci sends Roma through

AS Roma 1-0 Valencia CF Defender Christian Panucci scored the only goal as Roma secured second spot in Group D behind Valencia.

Christian Panucci scored the only goal as AS Roma defeated Valencia CF to secure second spot in Group D behind the Spanish side and a place in the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League.

Past winner
Panucci knows all about the big occasion having won the competition with Real Madrid CF in 1998, and he proved his worth to Roma at both ends of the pitch on a night when Valencia, with the section sewn up, fielded a team of twentysomethings or less. Panucci, a veteran to his opponents at 33, headed the winner in the 13th minute to ensure a comfortable evening and dash FC Shakhtar Donetsk's hopes of stealing a last-16 berth.

Rare start
Roma coach Luciano Spalletti entrusted 20-year-old Valerio Virga with a starting place in the absence of captain and talisman Francesco Totti, while Cristian Chivu pushed into midfield to replace Simone Perrotta as the Italian international was deemed fit enough only for the bench due a troublesome ankle. The Giallorossi were eager to seize control of the match and their destiny, and striker Mirko Vučinić, preferred to Vincenzo Montella, charged down a long ball in the opening seconds, only to see his effort palmed away by Ludovic Butelle - the Valencia goalkeeper enjoying a rare start with Santiago Cañizares rested.

Panucci goal
Butelle was one of a number of changes by Quique Sánchez Flores, the visiting coach who kept his promise to give his fringe players a UEFA Champions League run-out with the knockout rounds to come. Forward Aarón Ñíguez, 17, had big boots to fill as David Villa's stand-in, yet had a sniff of goal after latching on to a raking Joaquín Sánchez pass, before Panucci defended adroitly to snuff out the danger. The right-back then made a more crucial intervention at the opposite end, racing in unmarked to head the ball into an unguarded net from close range after Philippe Mexes had nodded Taddei's free-kick back across goal.

Warning shot
Valencia were rarely as threatening, Panucci and Mexes having little trouble blocking incursions by Francesco Tavano and Ñíguez before the youngster was taken off injured in the 27th minute. Mancini and Vučinić were a more cohesive attacking unit, although the latter player just failed to connect with the Brazilian's inviting cross in the 38th minute, and just before half-time Joaquín fired a warning shot when drilling a powerful attempt over. The second half followed a similar pattern, with Joaquín looking Valencia's most likely source of inspiration, and Panucci the man most likely to stop him; a 65th-minute challenge by the defender on the winger summing up his dominance.

Knockout football
Save for a Hugo Viana free-kick and a Tavano chance in the latter stages, a Roma victory was never in doubt and they can look forward to knockout football in 2007, when Valencia will be back at full strength.

Last updated: 06/12/06 11.53CET

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Lineups

roma

Roma

valencia

Valencia

32
DoniDoni (GK)
25
ButelleLudovic Butelle (GK)
2
PanucciChristian Panucci (C)
Goal13
12
TavanoFrancesco Tavano
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
15
JoaquínJoaquín
11
TaddeiRodrigo Taddei
16
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
13
ChivuCristian Chivu
17
D. NavarroDavid Navarro
16
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Substitution75
18
Jorge LópezJorge López
Substitution74
18
VirgaValerio Virga
Substitution83
20
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
22
TonettoMax Tonetto
23
Curro TorresCurro Torres (C)
23
VučinićMirko Vučinić
Substitution90+1
26
CerraCerra
Yellow Card79
30
ManciniMancini
30
Aarón ÑíguezAarón Ñíguez
Substitution27
77
CassettiMarco Cassetti
31
PallardóMiguel Pallardó
Substitution90+1

Substitutes

1
CurciGianluca Curci (GK)
13
MoraJuan Luis Mora (GK)
9
MontellaVincenzo Montella
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
19
DefendiRodrigo Defendi
14
VicenteVicente
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
Substitution75
21
SilvaDavid Silva
28
RosiAleandro Rosi
Substitution83
28
Nacho InsaNacho Insa
Substitution27
34
MarsiliMassimiliano Marsili
29
CórcolesDavid Córcoles
Substitution90+1
35
OkakaStefano Okaka
Substitution90+1
38
Romero RomeroVicente Romero Romero
Substitution74

Coach

Luciano Spalletti (ITA) Quique Sánchez Flores (ESP)

Referee

Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Assistant referees

Markus Mayr (AUT), Wojciech Gorgon (AUT)

Fourth official

Dietmar Drabek (AUT)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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