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Mancini magic downs Madrid in Rome

Published: Wednesday 20 February 2008, 0.58CET
AS Roma 2-1 Real Madrid CF
Mancini supplied the winning goal as the Giallorossi came from behind to edge an entertaining first-leg tie.
by Simon Hart
from Stadio Olimpico
Mancini magic downs Madrid in Rome
Mancini celebrates scoring Roma's winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

RomaReal Madrid

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
3
Attempts off target2
 
10
Corners2
 
3
Offsides0
4
Fouls committed15
 
19
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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2-3
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Published: Wednesday 20 February 2008, 0.58CET

Mancini magic downs Madrid in Rome

AS Roma 2-1 Real Madrid CF
Mancini supplied the winning goal as the Giallorossi came from behind to edge an entertaining first-leg tie.

AS Roma came from behind to record a first home win over Real Madrid CF, Mancini's second-half strike earning the Giallorossi a slender advantage to take to the Santiago Bernabéu for the conclusion of this first knockout round tie in a fortnight's time.

Turnaround
Trailing to Raúl González's eighth-minute goal, Luciano Spalletti's side levelled through David Pizarro midway through the first half before Mancini's winner raised their hopes of reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the second season running.

Madrid settle quickly
Madrid had prevailed on their three previous trips to Roma and the home fans in a freezing Stadio Olimpico could have been forgiven for fearing the worst when Raúl gave the visitors an early lead. Despite an injury list including Robinho, their joint-leading scorer in the group stage, Madrid settled quickly to their task and struck when Arjen Robben surged down the left and pulled the ball back to the edge of the box for Guti to take a first-time shot which Raúl – played onside by Pizarro – helped past Doni.

Roma reprieved
Although Marco Cassetti tested Iker Casillas low to his left moments later, Madrid had the ball in Roma's net again within two minutes but Ruud van Nistelrooy, burying the rebound after Doni had parried a Robben drive, was adjudged offside. There was another reprieve for the hosts on 21 minutes when the lively Robben got to the byline down the right and crossed for Raúl who aimed a free header wide of the far post.

Mancini threat
There had been much talk pre-match about Roma's recent dip in form and Francesco Totti, in particular, was slow to find his touch on a night when he surpassed Aldair's club record for appearances in Europe with his 65th. Instead their main threat came from Mancini and, after Simone Perrotta had failed to connect with the Brazilian's pull-back, his next ball into the box led to Pizarro's equalising goal after 24 minutes. Although Fernando Gago turned Mancini's centre away from Totti, the ball went only as far as Pizarro. The Chilean's shot was hard and low but deflected off Gago and flew high past Casillas.

Totti class tells
Madrid still looked the more fluent side as half-time approached, Raúl sliding a ball through to Van Nistelrooy who fired wide on the stretch. Come the second period, though, it was Roma who seized the initiative with Totti the architect of their second goal in the 58th minute. The No10's class told as he collected a high ball under pressure from Gabriel Heinze, span away from the Argentinian and threaded a perfectly-weighted pass through to Mancini. After sidestepping the onrushing Casillas, Mancini slipped the ball into the empty net.

Hanging on
Sergio Ramos blazed wide of the near post from 20 metres almost immediately and Roma were soon defending in numbers as Bernd Schuster's team sought a reply. It took a superb interception from Juan to stop Raúl converting the rebound after Doni had spilled a Robben cross and, from the resulting corner, Perrotta bravely got his head in the way of Mahamadou Diarra's piledriver. Madrid went even closer in the 80th minute when Van Nistelrooy lashed the ball against the near post but Roma held on.

Last updated: 20/02/08 10.01CET

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Lineups

roma

Roma

real madrid

Real Madrid

32
DoniDoni (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
2
PanucciChristian Panucci
Substitution67
4
RamosSergio Ramos
Yellow Card69
4
JuanJuan
Substitution77
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
6
M. DiarraMahamadou Diarra
Yellow Card23
Substitution79
7
PizarroDavid Pizarro
Goal24
Substitution62
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González (C)
Goal8
10
TottiFrancesco Totti (C)
8
GagoFernando Gago
14
GiulyLudovic Giuly
11
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution79
16
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Yellow Card42
14
GutiGuti
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
Yellow Card68
16
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
30
ManciniMancini
Goal58
17
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
77
CassettiMarco Cassetti
Yellow Card90+1
22
Miguel TorresMiguel Torres
Yellow Card64

Substitutes

27
Júlio SérgioJúlio Sérgio (GK)
25
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
3
CicinhoCicinho
2
Míchel SalgadoMíchel Salgado
8
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Substitution62
9
SoldadoRoberto Soldado
9
VučinićMirko Vučinić
15
DrentheRoyston Drenthe
Substitution79
11
TaddeiRodrigo Taddei
19
Júlio BaptistaJúlio Baptista
Substitution79
21
FerrariMatteo Ferrari
Substitution77
20
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
22
TonettoMax Tonetto
Substitution67
24
Javier BalboaJavier Balboa

Coach

Luciano Spalletti (ITA) Bernd Schuster (GER)

Referee

Herbert Fandel (GER)

Assistant referees

Carsten Kadach (GER), Volker Wezel (GER)

Fourth official

Babak Rafati (GER)

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