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Villarreal complete Roma conquest

Published: Friday 26 March 2004, 0.40CET
AS Roma 2-1 Villarreal CF (agg: 2-3) Sonny Anderson's second-half goal ends the Italian side's fightback.

Match statistics

RomaVillarreal

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 26 March 2004, 0.40CET

Villarreal complete Roma conquest

AS Roma 2-1 Villarreal CF (agg: 2-3) Sonny Anderson's second-half goal ends the Italian side's fightback.

By Tom Kington at the Stadio Olimpico

Villarreal CF ensured their first UEFA Cup campaign continued into the quarter-final stage by holding firm in the face of strong AS Roma presssure and scoring a crucial second-half goal.

Mountain to climb
The Italian side had a mountain to climb after losing 2-0 in the first leg but were hopeful after drawing level on aggregate. However, Brazilian striker Sonny Anderson popped up in the second half to score his fourth goal in as many cup ties and earn the sole surviving UEFA Intertoto Cup winners a two-legged meeting with Celtic FC.

Curving strike
Needing to score early, Roma made the perfect start, halving the deficit in the tenth minute. Brazilian midfield player Emerson took a short pass from a free-kick, rounded a defender and placed a long-range, curling beauty of a shot to the right of the sprawling Villarreal keeper José Reina.

Tactical dilemma
Roma pushed on for the second goal with captain Francesco Totti frequently dropping deep to launch defence-splitting balls to Antonio Cassano, playing almost in the role of lone striker. But coach Fabio Capello, who had been expected to play a third striker, saw his tactics foundering as a tight Villarreal defence soaked up the pressure, with Cassano failing to find his goalscoring touch.

Speed and aggression
The Roma midfield did however provide the speed and aggression Capello had asked for, with Emerson and Oliver Dacourt preventing Villarreal's Juan Riquelme from linking with the Spanish strikers before frequently rampaging forward. But two chances summed up Roma's half. In the 33rd minute Emerson split the Villarreal defence with a perfect through-ball, only for the onrushing and unspotted Vincent Candela to poke his shot just wide, then five minutes later Totti broke forward but Cassano, darting ahead, could not find space to run into and take his pass.

Visitors encouraged
The home side's drive began to wane as the half-time whistle drew near, with Mancini's final surge and low cross finding no takers and, not surprisingly, Villarreal emerged in the second half in buoyant mood and attacked with determination.

Cassano on target
That optimism took a knock five minutes after the restart as Roma found the perfect moment to click. Emerson battled bravely for possession on the edge of the Villarreal box before pushing the ball out left to Totti, whose low cross beat Quique Álvarez allowing Cassano to tap in from close range.

Roman pressure
Cassano almost returned the favour for Totti, setting up his fellow forward, but the Italian international playmaker's fierce shot from distance was just too high.

Lethal counterattack
Forced to find an away goal, the visitors stepped up a gear and responded in style. José Mari Romero found space on the right and sent in a whipped cross, which Anderson received and beat Roma defender Cristian Chivu before flicking his volleyed shot past Ivan Pelizzoli.

Two goals required
Needing teo goals to survive, Capello threw on Marco Delvecchio for Francesco Lima and Vincenzo Montella for Cassano, but neither found the space to make the difference. Meanwhile Villarreal took off Anderson and introduced midfield player Verza as the clock ran down.

Red card
Five minutes from time Battaglia, scrambling to get rid of a loose ball in the Villarreal box, was penalised for a high boot on the onrushing Vincent Candela. But Totti's free-kick from inside the area hit the Spanish wall and as the final whistle approached Roman nerves frayed, with French defender Jonathan Zebina shown a red card for a late challenge.

Last updated: 26/03/04 9.37CET

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Lineups

roma

Roma

villarreal

Villarreal

22
PelizzoliIvan Pelizzoli (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
5
ZebinaJonathan Zebina
3
ArruabarrenaRodolfo Arruabarrena
4
ChivuCristian Chivu
4
MartíPedro Martí
Yellow Card33
19
SamuelWalter Samuel
16
Q. ÁlvarezQuique Álvarez
8
LimaFrancisco Lima
Substitution77
5
ColocciniFabricio Coloccini
32
CandelaVincent Candela
7
BellettiJuliano Belletti
Yellow Card42
Substitution46
30
ManciniMancini
23
José MaríJosé Marí
15
DacourtOlivier Dacourt
9
AndersonSonny Anderson
Goal66
Substitution80
11
EmersonEmerson
Goal10
21
BattagliaSebastián Battaglia
18
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Goal50
Substitution68
20
Roger GarcíaRoger García
10
TottiFrancesco Totti
8
RiquelmeJuan Riquelme

Substitutes

12
ZottiCarlo Zotti (GK)
1
VallejoJavier Vallejo (GK)
31
DellasTraianos Dellas
11
GuayreAntonio Guayre
Substitution58
17
TommasiDamiano Tommasi
18
BallesterosSergio Ballesteros
21
D'AgostinoGaetano D'Agostino
17
Javi VentaJavi Venta
Substitution46
Substitution58
23
CarewJohn Carew
37
TenaMiguel Tena
24
DelvecchioMarco Delvecchio
Substitution77
26
ArzoCésar Arzo
9
MontellaVincenzo Montella
Substitution68
27
VerzaVerza
Substitution80

Coach

Fabio Capello (ITA) Francisco García Gómez (ESP)

Referee

Gilles Veissiere (FRA)

Assistant referees

Frédéric Arnault (FRA), Philippe Bombart (FRA)

Fourth official

Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

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