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Early strike rattles Roma

Published: Friday 27 February 2004, 0.02CET
Gaziantepspor 1-0 AS Roma Yusuf Simsek's 19th-minute goal gives the home side an impressive victory.

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Published: Friday 27 February 2004, 0.02CET

Early strike rattles Roma

Gaziantepspor 1-0 AS Roma Yusuf Simsek's 19th-minute goal gives the home side an impressive victory.

Gaziantepspor again defied expectations as they overwhelmed an under-strength AS Roma side in their UEFA Cup third-round first-leg match at the Kamil Ocak stadium, running out 1-0 winners thanks to Yusuf Simsek's 19th-minute goal.

Weakened side
Roma coach Fabio Capello had some serious decisions to make before kick-off. Attacking trio Francesco Totti, Antonio Cassano and Vincenzo Montella were all left at home, so Marco Delvecchio and John Carew started up front. With Ivan Pelizzoli and Vincent Candela also out, and Walter Samuel and Emerson only fit enough for the bench, Roma fielded an inexperienced side.

Enthusiastic support
Gaziantepspor brought recent signings Hakan Bayraktar and Yusuf Simsek into their UEFA Cup side for the first time this campaign and the latter was to have a big impact. The home side certainly started the more positively, spurred on by the enthusiastic home support.

Early miss
Yusuf Simsek gave Roma a hint of what was to come as he broke well from midfield to find himself unmarked in the Roma box. Ilman Ozbay picked him out with a cross from the right, but much to deputy goalkeeper Carlo Zotti's relief, the midfield player contrived to head the ball wide.

Simsek strikes
On 19 minutes, Yusuf Simsek made up for that miss by giving the hosts the lead. Bülent Bölükbasi broke well on the left to stretch the Roma defence, before a clever first-time pass from Ziad Jaziri gave Yusuf Simsek the chance to elude his marker and stroke the ball into the net.

Blunt Roma
Roma struggled to fashion any clear chances in the first half, with both Carew and Delvecchio being caught offside when clean through. Gaziantepspor's Bulgarian striker Zdravko Lazarov could even have doubled the lead with a powerful 27th-minute header but did not find the target.

Lazarov guilt
After the break, Roma seemed to show more commitment going forward, but the majority of the chances still fell Gaziantepspor's way. Only three minutes in, Lazarov was guilty of failing to test Zotti after going clean through, instead allowing Traianos Dellas to dispossess him with ease.

Roma chances
Roma did have their chances, with Daniele de Rossi and Dellas both guilty of spurning time and space in the box with shots off target. However, only an incredible double miss from Samuel Johnson prevented Gaziantepspor doubling their lead, as he first hit the bar before squandering what looked like a simple rebound. A flurry of late half-chances went begging for Roma, who will now be desperate to turn things around in the second leg.

Last updated: 27/02/04 9.48CET

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Lineups

gaziantepspor

Gaziantepspor

roma

Roma

1
Ömer ÇatkıçÖmer Çatkıç (C)
12
ZottiCarlo Zotti (GK)
6
Mehmet PolatMehmet Polat
4
ChivuCristian Chivu
Substitution75
7
BülentBölükbaşı Bülent
5
ZebinaJonathan Zebina
11
LazarovZdravko Lazarov
Substitution78
8
LimaFrancisco Lima
13
BouaziziRiadh Bouazizi
15
DacourtOlivier Dacourt
Substitution85
15
JohnsonSamuel Johnson
Substitution90+2
21
D'AgostinoGaetano D'Agostino
Substitution54
16
Yusuf ŞimşekYusuf Şimşek
Goal19
23
CarewJohn Carew
19
İbrahim Toramanİbrahim Toraman
24
DelvecchioMarco Delvecchio (C)
20
JaziriZied Jaziri
Substitution88
27
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
21
Hakan BayraktarHakan Bayraktar
30
ManciniMancini
66
Ilhan ÖzbayIlhan Özbay
Yellow Card69
31
DellasTraianos Dellas

Substitutes

30
KayaTarakçi Kaya (GK)
3
LupatelliCristiano Lupatelli (GK)
9
Hasan ÖzerHasan Özer
Substitution88
11
EmersonEmerson
Substitution54
27
Erdal GünesErdal Günes
Substitution78
17
TommasiDamiano Tommasi
Substitution85
72
DevranAyhan Devran
Substitution90+2
19
SamuelWalter Samuel
Substitution75
10
NamliErhan Namli
2
PanucciChristian Panucci
14
SedatAgçay Sedat
25
CerciAlessio Cerci
23
Bekir İrtegünBekir İrtegün
28
WahabAdewale Wahab

Coach

Nurullah Saglam (TUR) Fabio Capello (ITA)

Referee

Iouri Baskakov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Victor Lebedev (RUS), Andrei Lukashin (RUS)

Fourth official

Nikolay Ivanov (RUS)

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