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Vučinić reigns as Roma reel in Chelsea

Published: Wednesday 5 November 2008, 0.50CET
AS Roma 3-1 Chelsea FC
Mirko Vučinić scored two superb second-half goals as the Giallorossi ended a miserable run in style to close to within one point of the Group A leaders.
by Richard Allen
from Stadio Olimpico
Vučinić reigns as Roma reel in Chelsea
Mirko Vučinić is mobbed by his Roma team-mates ©Getty Images

Match statistics

RomaChelsea

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
14
Corners1
 
10
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed21
 
18
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
1

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 5 November 2008, 0.50CET

Vučinić reigns as Roma reel in Chelsea

AS Roma 3-1 Chelsea FC
Mirko Vučinić scored two superb second-half goals as the Giallorossi ended a miserable run in style to close to within one point of the Group A leaders.

AS Roma shrugged off their troubles in emphatic style, defeating ten-man Chelsea FC 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico to reinvigorate their hopes of reaching the knockout stages from Group A.

Stunning strikes
A first-half goal from former Chelsea player Christian Panucci and two stunning Mirko Vučinić strikes gave the Italian side a deserved three points to lift them within a point of the visitors at the top of the section. Chelsea, suffering only their second defeat under Luiz Felipe Scolari and a first for an English club in this season's UEFA Champions League, found a consolation goal through John Terry before an increasingly frustrating performance was completed by Deco's late dismissal.

Rain in Rome

Despite a heavy downpour before kick-off, there was plenty of attractive football in the opening exchanges. At the heart of things early on, Deco fired the first shot in anger on ten minutes, moving into oceans of space 25 metres out before letting fly to force Doni into a fingertip save. Just as they had done at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago, Roma appeared happy to play on the counter. From one move, captain Francesco Totti, who had passed a late fitness test, flicked the ball to Vučinić but the Montenegrin's opportunist volley cleared Petr Čech and the bar by a metre.

Doni defence
Yet the visitors remained in control, and had three chances to open the scoring in as many minutes midway through the half. First Deco and then Florent Malouda saw goal-bound shots deflected wide before a low, long-range effort from Frank Lampard stung the right hand of Doni. On the half-hour mark it was the Brazilian goalkeeper's left hand which denied the Chelsea midfielder after a rasping right-footed drive, again from distance. Roma were looking like a team that had lost their last five matches but that all changed after they struck first after a well-worked free-kick on 34 minutes. Cicinho, receiving the ball out wide, crossed first time for Panucci, who side-footed in having been left all alone in front of Čech.

Special goals
With players and fans alike visibly lifted, Roma were soon playing with the confidence that had eluded them all season. Three minutes into the second half played the Giallorossi were two up. Totti and Matteo Brighi exchanged passes before the latter teed up Vučinić to drill a fierce shot to the left of the diving Čech from outside the box. The 25-year-old's second goal, ten minutes later, was equally special as Vučinić dispossessed John Mikel Obi midway inside his own half and ran a full 70 metres before beating the Nigerian a second time and, finally, wrong-footing Čech at the near post to make it 3-0.

Terry again

Chelsea were given a glimmer of hope with 15 minutes to go when Terry prodded home from close in after Deco's shot had fallen his way, but it was not enough and five minutes later the Portuguese received his second yellow card to complete a miserable night for the visitors.

Last updated: 05/11/08 11.00CET

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Lineups

roma

Roma

chelsea

Chelsea

32
DoniDoni (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
2
PanucciChristian Panucci
Goal34
8
LampardFrank Lampard
3
CicinhoCicinho
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
Substitution46
4
JuanJuan
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
Substitution46
7
PizarroDavid Pizarro
17
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
Substitution63
9
VučinićMirko Vučinić
Goal48
Goal58
Substitution88
18
BridgeWayne Bridge
10
TottiFrancesco Totti (C)
Substitution62
20
DecoDeco
Yellow Card33
Red Card81
16
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
Goal75
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
Yellow Card67
Substitution72
33
AlexAlex
33
BrighiMatteo Brighi
39
AnelkaNicolas Anelka

Substitutes

25
ArturArtur (GK)
23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
11
TaddeiRodrigo Taddei
Substitution72
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
15
LoriaSimone Loria
9
Di SantoFranco Di Santo
17
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
Substitution88
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Substitution46
19
Júlio BaptistaJúlio Baptista
Substitution62
19
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
22
TonettoMax Tonetto
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
Substitution63
24
MénezJérémy Ménez
35
BellettiJuliano Belletti
Substitution46

Coach

Luciano Spalletti (ITA) Luiz Felipe Scolari (BRA)

Referee

Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP), Luis Alberto Gutierrez Perez (ESP)

Fourth official

Julian Rodriguez Santiago (ESP)

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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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