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Borriello inspires superb Roma recovery

Published: Tuesday 23 November 2010, 22.39CET
AS Roma 3-2 FC Bayern München
Two down at half-time, Roma mounted a stirring fightback capped by Francesco Totti's late penalty that put them within a point of the last 16.
by Richard Aikman
from Stadio Olimpico

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RomaBayern

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target10
 
3
Attempts off target6
 
11
Corners3
 
4
Offsides3
 
3
Fouls committed16
 
7
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group E

PPts
FC Bayern München Bayern512
AS Roma Roma59
FC Basel 1893 Basel56
CFR 1907 Cluj CFR Cluj53
Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 23 November 2010, 22.39CET

Borriello inspires superb Roma recovery

AS Roma 3-2 FC Bayern München
Two down at half-time, Roma mounted a stirring fightback capped by Francesco Totti's late penalty that put them within a point of the last 16.

AS Roma edged closer to the UEFA Champions League round of 16 with a thrilling comeback win against FC Bayern München.

Despite falling behind to Mario Gomez's first-half double, the Giallorossi rallied after the break. Marco Borriello and Daniele De Rossi drew them level before Francesco Totti's penalty sealed the points and kept the Italian side second in the section, within a point of qualification.

Bayern coach Louis van Gaal fielded several unfamiliar faces, not least goalkeeper Thomas Kraft, who had a debut to remember after being forced into action as early as the third minute. The 22-year-old repelled a powerful strike from Marco Borriello and was relieved to watch Jérémy Menez blaze over the rebound from ten metres. On the quarter-hour Mirko Vučinić also threatened, sending an ambitious chip off beam from 20 metres.

Kraft was again called upon midway through the half, parrying John Arne Riise's speculative effort; this time Leandro Greco skied the rebound. Despite these chances, Bayern had enjoyed most of the possession, with Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller and Franck Ribéry selflessly supporting the lone Gomez. Martín Demichelis, twice, and Andres Ottl both fired over, but when the breakthrough came, in the 33rd minute, it was from a fine team move. Ribéry teased a clever a reverse pass into the path of Gomez, who directed his shot in off the far post.

Roma were slow to react and within seven minutes were two down, Gomez pouncing again to poke in following a fine pass by Müller. The Stadio Olimpico was silenced and but for a reaction save from Júlio Sérgio's outstretched legs, the hosts would have been three behind at half-time. Instead, the Giallorossi fightback began, four minutes after the restart, following a rapier-like move down the right. Menez picked out Borriello, who turned and beat Kraft from a prone position.

Roma twice came close to an equaliser soon after but were again denied by a fine double save from the impressive Kraft, who first clawed away as Fábio Simplício went to head in from under the bar, and then made an extraordinary stop from Marco Brighi. The debutant could do little about the equaliser, though, as with nine minutes to go, Vučinić found Riise with a slide-rule pass and the full-back's cross was dispatched by De Rossi.

Roma were rampant and completed the remarkable turnaround within three minutes of drawing level. Francesco Totti, a 75th-minute substitute, played Borriello in on goal and Kraft's first error of the night was to fell the Roma forward. Totti applied the coup de grâce.

Last updated: 08/12/13 4.20CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2011/matches/round=2000118/match=2002889/postmatch/report/index.html#roma+recover+stun+bayern

Quotes

  • Claudio Ranieri, Roma coach

    Read more"During the first half they played with us like cats do with mice, but in the second we changed gear and finally managed to play our football at a high tempo"

  • Louis van Gaal, Bayern coach

    Read more"If it were so easy to explain why things are going wrong for us, I would already have the answer for you"

Lineups

roma

Roma

bayern

Bayern

27
Júlio SérgioJúlio Sérgio (GK)
35
KraftThomas Kraft (GK)
Yellow Card83
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
Yellow Card21
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
9
VučinićMirko Vučinić
Substitution82
6
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
16
De RossiDaniele De Rossi (C)
Yellow Card71
Goal81
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Substitution77
17
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
16
OttlAndreas Ottl
22
BorrielloMarco Borriello
Goal49
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
23
GrecoLeandro Greco
Yellow Card13
Substitution46
23
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
29
N. BurdissoNicolás Burdisso
25
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Substitution73
33
BrighiMatteo Brighi
Substitution75
33
GomezMario Gomez
Goal33
Goal39
77
CassettiMarco Cassetti
39
KroosToni Kroos
Yellow Card19
94
MénezJérémy Ménez
Yellow Card90
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk

Substitutes

1
LobonţBogdan Lobonţ (GK)
1
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
2
CicinhoCicinho
2
BrenoBreno
4
JuanJuan
4
BraafheidEdson Braafheid
7
PizarroDavid Pizarro
Substitution82
8
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop
Substitution77
8
AdrianoAdriano
26
ContentoDiego Contento
Substitution73
10
TottiFrancesco Totti
Substitution75
Goal84
27
AlabaDavid Alaba
30
Fábio SimplícioFábio Simplício
Substitution46

Coach

Claudio Ranieri (ITA) Louis van Gaal (NED)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Fermin Martinez Ibanez (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

César Muñiz (ESP), Carlos Gómez (ESP)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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