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Resolute Roma oust ten-man Madrid

Published: Thursday 6 March 2008, 0.58CET
Real Madrid CF 1-2 AS Roma (agg: 2-4) Second-half headers from Taddei and substitute Mirko Vučinić took the Italian team into April's quarter-finals.
by Paul Bryan
from Santiago Bernabéu

Match statistics

Real MadridRoma

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
7
Attempts off target4
 
8
Corners10
 
4
Offsides0
2
Fouls committed31
 
27
Yellow cards5
 
6
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

Matches

4 March 2008

Milan
0-2
Arsenal
Sevilla
3-2
(2-3p)
Fenerbahçe
Barcelona
1-0
Celtic
Man. United
1-0
Lyon

5 March 2008

Real Madrid
1-2
Roma
Chelsea
3-0
Olympiacos
Porto
1-0
(1-4p)
Schalke

11 March 2008

Internazionale
0-1
Liverpool
 
Published: Thursday 6 March 2008, 0.58CET

Resolute Roma oust ten-man Madrid

Real Madrid CF 1-2 AS Roma (agg: 2-4) Second-half headers from Taddei and substitute Mirko Vučinić took the Italian team into April's quarter-finals.

AS Roma reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the second successive season as second-half headers from Taddei and substitute Mirko Vučinić earned a memorable victory over ten-man Real Madrid CF.

Roma resolve
Despite winning 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico two weeks ago, the Italian side were widely considered as outsiders against the Spanish champions and Primera División leaders, who had bowed out in the last 16 of this competition in each of the last three campaigns. Both teams had their chance in an open encounter, but the 71st-minute dismissal of Madrid defender Pepe finally tipped the balance in Roma's favour. Taddei duly headed the visitors in front two minutes later and, although Raúl González levelled with 15 minutes left, Vučinić struck in added time to ensure it is Luciano Spalletti's Roma who take their place in the draw on 14 March.

Cautious opening
Both coaches had stressed the importance of concentration and the danger of committing errors, so it was perhaps no surprise that the cautious opening 15 minutes contrasted sharply with the thunderous welcome the sides received as they were led on to the pitch. Little was given away as Madrid probed down either flank and through the centre, with Roma content to sit back and wait for counterattacking opportunities. Soon enough, though, the chances began to arrive. Roma keeper Doni pushed away a fierce Julio Baptista shot and Alberto Aquilani delivered a delicate effort from distance that struck the post before Casillas kept out a thunderous attempt from the same player after Mancini had retrieved possession.

Madrid relief
Robinho, however, started to find space as the half wore on and set about pulling the strings for Madrid. The Brazilian, high on confidence after two goals on Saturday, picked out Baptista with a looping pass only for his compatriot to hurriedly slice high and wide. Opportunities were coming at either end in quick succession, Aquilani flashing another long-range shot wide, and it was the Roma fans who were the happier as the referee brought the opening period to a close, roaring their favourites into the dressing room.

Taddei delight
The second half was three minutes old when Madrid almost had the goal that would have levelled the tie, Baptista floating a free-kick over both the Roma wall and Doni yet being denied by the crossbar. The Serie A outfit responded accordingly and, after Simone Perrotta had collected the yellow card that rules him out of the quarter-final first leg, Casillas was again rescued by his crossbar, Vučinić rattling the woodwork from Max Tonetto's low cross. Madrid's ambitions then looked to have been all but ended in a disastrous three-minute spell as first Pepe earned a second yellow card for a block on Vučinić, then Tonetto's perfectly flighted left-wing centre was nodded beyond Casillas by Taddei.

Vučinić finish
Bernd Schuster's team revived their hopes almost immediately, Raúl sliding the ball in after good work from Guti and Robinho, and that was the cue for Madrid to throw men forward in increasing numbers in the last 15 minutes. Clear openings proved impossible to carve out, however, and two minutes into added time their challenge was extinguished as Christian Panucci floated in a right-wing free-kick for the unmarked Vučinić to head past the exposed Casillas.

Last updated: 27/03/08 14.54CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

roma

Roma

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
32
DoniDoni (GK)
2
Míchel SalgadoMíchel Salgado
Substitution64
3
CicinhoCicinho
Yellow Card67
Substitution87
3
PepePepe
Yellow Card41
Red Card71
4
JuanJuan
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
6
M. DiarraMahamadou Diarra
Substitution61
8
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Yellow Card83
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González (C)
Goal75
10
TottiFrancesco Totti (C)
8
GagoFernando Gago
11
TaddeiRodrigo Taddei
Yellow Card20
Goal73
10
RobinhoRobinho
Yellow Card76
16
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Yellow Card35
14
GutiGuti
Yellow Card81
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
Yellow Card55
Substitution76
16
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
Yellow Card14
22
TonettoMax Tonetto
Yellow Card84
19
Júlio BaptistaJúlio Baptista
Substitution85
30
ManciniMancini
Substitution65

Substitutes

25
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
27
Júlio SérgioJúlio Sérgio (GK)
9
SoldadoRoberto Soldado
Substitution85
2
PanucciChristian Panucci
Substitution87
12
MarceloMarcelo
7
PizarroDavid Pizarro
Substitution76
15
DrentheRoyston Drenthe
Substitution61
9
VučinićMirko Vučinić
Substitution65
Goal90+2
20
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
14
GiulyLudovic Giuly
22
Miguel TorresMiguel Torres
Substitution64
21
FerrariMatteo Ferrari
24
Javier BalboaJavier Balboa
33
BrighiMatteo Brighi

Coach

Bernd Schuster (GER) Luciano Spalletti (ITA)

Referee

Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Bozatzidis (GRE), Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE)

Fourth official

Christoforos Zografos (GRE)

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