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Roma brush aside CSKA challenge

Published: Thursday 1 October 2009, 23.59CET
AS Roma 2-0 PFC CSKA Sofia
The Italian side opened their Group E account thanks to two goals in four minutes from Stefano Okaka Chuka and Simone Perrotta.
Roma brush aside CSKA challenge
Simone Perrotta wrapped up the points in Rome with his 23rd-minute strike ©Getty Images

Match statistics

RomaCSKA Sofia

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target12
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners5
 
4
Offsides4
 
9
Fouls committed13
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 1 October 2009, 23.59CET

Roma brush aside CSKA challenge

AS Roma 2-0 PFC CSKA Sofia
The Italian side opened their Group E account thanks to two goals in four minutes from Stefano Okaka Chuka and Simone Perrotta.

AS Roma got off the mark in UEFA Cup Group E at the second time of asking, defeating Bulgarian visitors PFC CSKA Sofia with goals from Stefano Okaka Chuka and Simone Perrotta.

Straightforward
The victory was as comfortable as the 2-0 scoreline suggests, as the Serie A club bounced back from a Matchday 1 reverse at FC Basel 1893. Okaka Chuka made the breakthrough after 20 minutes, and there was no way back for Luboslav Penev's team once Perrotta had added a quick second.

Opener
Perrotta was first to threaten for Claudio Ranieri's men with a shot that sailed narrowly the wrong side of goalkeeper Ivan Karadzhov's left-hand post. It was from the Giallorossi's right flank, rather than the left, however, that the opening goal came. Marco Motta's pass dissected the CSKA back line and Okaka Chuka, who had beaten the offside trap, raced clear to slot the ball past Karadzhov.

Doubling up
Midfielder Perrotta produced an equally cool finish after he had timed his run into the visitors' box to coincide perfectly with the landing of a clever David Pizarro chip. The Bulgarian outfit continued to work hard despite the deficit, with John Arne Riise having to clear off his own goalline from an Ivan Stoyanov shot that Roma keeper Júlio Sérgio got a hand to.

Misses
There was another near thing for CSKA after the restart: Yordan Todorov should have done better when released by a Marquinhos through ball, as he waited in vain for team-mates to join him in the area rather than shoot on goal. For Roma, Alessio Cerci was guilty of an even worse miss, nodding a free header from Riise's cross down and over the crossbar from within the CSKA six-metre box. Still, Roma were up and running, leaving CSKA trailing in their wake with a solitary point to their name.

Last updated: 02/10/09 1.43CET

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Lineups

roma

Roma

cska sofia

CSKA Sofia

27
Júlio SérgioJúlio Sérgio (GK)
12
KaradzhovIvan Karadzhov (GK)
4
JuanJuan
Substitution71
4
K. StoyanovKostadin Stoyanov
7
PizarroDavid Pizarro
5
YanchevTodor Yanchev (C)
Substitution51
9
VučinićMirko Vučinić
Substitution46
6
KotevKiril Kotev
13
MottaMarco Motta
15
IvanovIvan Ivanov
16
De RossiDaniele De Rossi (C)
21
Yanev Kosta Yanev
17
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
28
MarquinhosMarcos Marquinhos
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
Goal23
30
Y. TodorovYordan Todorov
Substitution65
24
CerciAlessio Cerci
Substitution74
32
MorozsViktors Morozs
Substitution51
29
N. BurdissoNicolás Burdisso
52
MinevYordan Minev
89
OkakaStefano Okaka
Goal19
73
I. StoyanovIvan Stoyanov

Substitutes

1
LobonţBogdan Lobonţ (GK)
27
I. PetrovIvailo Petrov (GK)
3
AndreolliMarco Andreolli
Substitution71
2
VidanovPavel Vidanov
10
TottiFrancesco Totti
7
ManchevVladimir Manchev
Substitution65
21
GubertiStefano Guberti
13
BranekovAleksandar Branekov
22
TonettoMax Tonetto
Substitution74
14
Sve. PetrovSvetoslav Petrov
23
GrecoLeandro Greco
22
MichelMichel
Substitution51
94
MénezJérémy Ménez
Substitution46
Yellow Card90+2
77
DelevSpas Delev
Substitution51

Coach

Claudio Ranieri (ITA) Luboslav Penev (BUL)

Referee

Vladimir Hrinak (SVK)

Assistant referees

Roman Slyško (SVK), Dusan Kubacka (SVK)

Fourth official

Kamil Horvath (SVK)

Additional assistant referees

Vladimir Vnuk (SVK), Richard Trutz (SVK)

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