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Júlio Sérgio keeps Roma on the rise

Published: Friday 4 December 2009, 13.17CET
AS Roma goalkeeper Júlio Sérgio feels he still has lots to learn despite another outstanding display in the 2-1 defeat of FC Basel 1893 in Group E. "I have to learn more and talk less," he said.
by Richard Aikman
from Stadio Olimpico
Júlio Sérgio keeps Roma on the rise
Júlio Sérgio earned his starting place with two crucial saves ©Getty Images

Match statistics

RomaBasel

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target12
 
11
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners9
 
5
Offsides2
 
5
Fouls committed22
 
21
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 4 December 2009, 13.17CET

Júlio Sérgio keeps Roma on the rise

AS Roma goalkeeper Júlio Sérgio feels he still has lots to learn despite another outstanding display in the 2-1 defeat of FC Basel 1893 in Group E. "I have to learn more and talk less," he said.

AS Roma goalkeeper Júlio Sérgio said he still had lots to learn despite another outstanding performance in the 2-1 defeat of FC Basel 1893 in Group E of the UEFA Europa League.

'Talk less'
Brilliant second-half saves to deny Alexander Frei then Marco Streller helped the Giallorossi grab the three points they needed to qualify for the knockout stage while repaying the faith coach Claudio Ranieri has shown in the Brazilian between the Roman side's posts. "I have to learn more and talk less, but I'm happy because we put in a good all-round performance and we won," Júlio Sérgio said.

Double save
That victory owed much to the elasticity of the 31-year-old. Ten minutes into the second half with the score at 1-1, he twisted in the air to claw away a fine curling effort from Frei. Then with less than 20 minutes to go, he somehow managed to block Streller's point-blank shot. "I can never stand still," he laughed of the 71st-minute reaction save that preserved Roma's lead. "I just followed the ball, saw it wasn't going that fast and got my legs in the way. At the end of the day, the important thing was that we won."

Swiss pressure
Basel had opened the scoring through a close-range header from Benjamin Huggel before Francesco Totti equalised from the spot in the 32nd minute. After withstanding Basel pressure at the start of the second period, Mirko Vučinić concluded a superb passing move by striking a 59th-minute winner for the Serie A side.

Top spot
Now a point ahead of Basel in Group E, Roma can confirm top spot by beating PFC CSKA Sofia in a fortnight when Fulham FC travel to Switzerland. "Sure, it will give us some advantage later to finish top but it won't be easy in Sofia," added Júlio Sérgio, who is staking a long-term claim to be Roma's No1 after continuing to keep Doni, who has recovered from injury, on the bench.

Derby day
Next up though is another high-pressure confrontation - Sunday's derby against S.S. Lazio. "What can you say about the derby? We have to work in the next few days and do what we have to do," he said. "We have to try to do the same things we always do and be relaxed. We know it will be a very different game but we have to keep our feet on the ground."

Last updated: 04/12/09 15.53CET

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