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Brighi double puts Roma in command

Published: Thursday 27 November 2008, 0.50CET
CFR 1907 Cluj 1-3 AS Roma
Matteo Brighi scored twice and Francesco Totti the other as Roma avenged their Matchday 1 defeat by the Romanian champions to go top of Group A.
by Derek Brookman
from CFR Stadium
Brighi double puts Roma in command
Matteo Brighi celebrates scoring his second goal for Roma ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CFR ClujRoma

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target7
 
5
Attempts off target9
 
5
Corners10
 
3
Offsides2
 
6
Fouls committed15
 
10
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Thursday 27 November 2008, 0.50CET

Brighi double puts Roma in command

CFR 1907 Cluj 1-3 AS Roma
Matteo Brighi scored twice and Francesco Totti the other as Roma avenged their Matchday 1 defeat by the Romanian champions to go top of Group A.

Matteo Brighi scored twice in a clinical 3-1 victory in Transylvania to take AS Roma within touching distance of the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League and extinguish any lingering chance CFR 1907 Cluj had of progressing.

Roma dominate
CFR went into the game knowing only a victory would do, but with less than half an hour gone their hopes were hanging by a thread. Brighi opened the scoring with his first UEFA Champions League goal before Francesco Totti doubled Roma's lead with a wonderful free-kick. Any notions that CFR would buckle were dispelled seven minutes later when Yssouf Koné headed in from close range, but Brighi struck again after 64 minutes to put the result beyond doubt. The win took Luciano Spalletti's Roma into first place in Group A on nine points, one above Chelsea FC who were held by FC Girondins de Bordeaux in the other match.

Brighi opener
CFR were quick off the mark, forcing three corners in as many minutes and coming close when Eugen Trică's shot was knocked over by Doni. Moments later they were even more threatening, Trică's neat pass setting up Koné whose rising drive was expertly tipped behind by the Roma keeper. But the visitors' first serious attack saw them grab the initiative after eleven minutes. Simone Perrotta beat Eduard Stăncioiu to the ball on the byline and lofted it over the stranded Cluj keeper for Brighi to stroke into an empty net.

Trademark Totti
The Romanian champions rallied and went agonisingly close to equalising after 18 minutes. Sebastián Dubarbier made a good run down the left and his low centre was turned just wide by Trică. Yet it was the Serie A side who struck again five minutes later. Gabriel Mureşan brought down Júlio Baptista approximately 25 metres from the Cluj goal, and Totti stepped up to smack the free-kick into the top left-hand corner, leaving Stăncioiu with no chance.

Koné hits back
Still Cluj came, however, and on the half-hour mark they got their reward. Doni could only parry Alvaro Pereira's low toe-poke into the path of Koné, who gleefully nodded in the loose ball. On 38 minutes it was almost all-square, but Koné shot just past the post after good build-up play by Juan Culio. Seconds later Rodrigo Taddei caused problems at the other end with a glancing header that bounced narrowly past Stăncioiu's left post. It was pulsating stuff, the perfect antidote to the bitterly cold night air.

Brighi doubles up
CFR immediately took the game to Roma after the restart, Koné heading Pereira's cross centimetres wide within 30 seconds of kick-off. Maurizio Trombetta's men continued to press, but found it increasingly difficult to fashion clear openings. And their task was made well-nigh impossible when the Italian team made it three after 64 minutes. Taddei played a short pass inside the box to Brighi, who controlled the ball quickly on the run and rifled it low beyond Stăncioiu. The hosts pushed on, yet Roma held firm and ended up comfortable victors. Defeat means CFR are sure to finish bottom of the section regardless of how they get on in their final match against Chelsea, while Roma will win the group should they beat Bordeaux.

Last updated: 27/11/08 9.17CET

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Lineups

cfr cluj

CFR Cluj

roma

Roma

44
StăncioiuEduard Stăncioiu (GK)
32
DoniDoni (GK)
4
PaninCristian Panin
Yellow Card82
4
JuanJuan
6
MureşanGabriel Mureşan
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
7
DubarbierSebastián Dubarbier
Substitution70
10
TottiFrancesco Totti (C)
Goal23
Yellow Card74
Substitution81
10
TricăEugen Trică
Yellow Card74
Substitution84
11
TaddeiRodrigo Taddei
17
Y. KonéYssouf Koné
Goal30
16
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Yellow Card57
19
CulioJuan Culio
19
Júlio BaptistaJúlio Baptista
20
CadúCadú (C)
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
Substitution90
27
De SousaDe Sousa
22
TonettoMax Tonetto
Substitution86
31
DaniDani
Substitution73
33
BrighiMatteo Brighi
Goal11
Goal64
33
Álvaro PereiraÁlvaro Pereira
77
CassettiMarco Cassetti

Substitutes

1
Nuno ClaroNuno Claro (GK)
25
ArturArtur (GK)
8
PeraltaSixto Peralta
Substitution73
7
PizarroDavid Pizarro
Substitution90
15
AlcântaraHugo Alcântara
9
VučinićMirko Vučinić
Substitution81
22
DeacCiprian Deac
Substitution84
15
LoriaSimone Loria
28
KonéEmmanuel Koné
Substitution70
17
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
Substitution86
99
Diego RuizDiego Ruiz
23
MontellaVincenzo Montella
24
MénezJérémy Ménez

Coach

Maurizio Trombetta (ITA) Luciano Spalletti (ITA)

Referee

Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)

Assistant referees

João Santos (POR), Sergio Manuel Lacroix Pimenta (POR)

Fourth official

Paulo Batista (POR)

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