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Roma wrap up Group E in style

Published: Wednesday 16 December 2009, 22.45CET
PFC CSKA Sofia 0-3 AS Roma
A pair of coolly-executed strikes from Alessio Cerci helped Roma to victory and ensured the Giallorossi finished as winners of Group E.
Roma wrap up Group E in style
Alessio Cerci celebrates his second goal in Sofia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CSKA SofiaRoma

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target9
 
5
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners7
 
5
Offsides2
 
6
Fouls committed18
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 16 December 2009, 22.45CET

Roma wrap up Group E in style

PFC CSKA Sofia 0-3 AS Roma
A pair of coolly-executed strikes from Alessio Cerci helped Roma to victory and ensured the Giallorossi finished as winners of Group E.

A pair of coolly-taken goals from Alessio Cerci helped AS Roma to victory over PFC CSKA Sofia and ensured the Giallorossi finished top of Group E.

Section winners
Cerci had played only 74 minutes in the UEFA Europa League before tonight, but took his chance to shine with a goal either side of the break as the Giallorossi made sure of a seeded place in Friday's round of 32 draw. Teenage debutant Filippo Scardina rounded off the scoring a minute from time after Simone Perrotta seized on Pavel Vidanov's error and squared for the 17-year-old.

Lobonţ exploits
On his first European outing of the season, Bogdan Lobonţ twice denied CSKA in the opening quarter, first thwarting Spas Delev and then producing a flying save to prevent Kostadin Stoyanov from finding the top corner. The Giallorossi offered little until Stefano Okaka Chuka tested Zdravko Chavdarov with a glancing header and Marco Andreolli directed David Pizarro's corner against the post.

Two-goal burst
Despite that flurry of activity, the half seemed set to end goalless until Cerci − sporting a plaster below his left eye after an earlier challenge − expertly controlled Danielle De Rossi's pass, stepped inside one challenge and drove the ball across Chavdarov in added time. The forward doubled his tally seven minutes after the restart with a neat finish through Chavdarov's legs after running on to a long clearance.

Hat-trick chance
CSKA had only scored twice in five group matches and they rarely looked like adding another; Svetoslav Petrov's effort from distance symptomatic of the type of chance the hosts were being restricted to. Cerci, meanwhile, was having no such trouble and passed up an opportunity to claim a hat-trick when he pushed the ball too wide after breaking down the right and rounding Chavdarov. Scardina put the icing on an impressive team performance eight minutes after replacing Okaka Chuka.

Last updated: 16/12/09 23.53CET

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Lineups

cska sofia

CSKA Sofia

roma

Roma

1
ChavdarovZdravko Chavdarov (GK)
1
LobonţBogdan Lobonţ (GK)
2
VidanovPavel Vidanov
3
AndreolliMarco Andreolli
4
K. StoyanovKostadin Stoyanov
Yellow Card55
7
PizarroDavid Pizarro
Substitution46
5
YanchevTodor Yanchev (C)
13
MottaMarco Motta
8
TimonovTodor Timonov
Substitution60
16
De RossiDaniele De Rossi (C)
14
Sve. PetrovSvetoslav Petrov
Yellow Card28
17
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
19
A. PopovApostol Popov
Substitution74
19
Júlio BaptistaJúlio Baptista
21
Yanev Kosta Yanev
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
22
MichelMichel
24
CerciAlessio Cerci
Yellow Card30
Goal45+1
Goal52
Substitution74
52
Y. MinevYordan Minev
29
N. BurdissoNicolás Burdisso
77
DelevSpas Delev
Substitution80
89
OkakaStefano Okaka
Yellow Card29
Substitution81

Substitutes

27
I. PetrovIvailo Petrov (GK)
25
ArturArtur (GK)
10
Rui MiguelRui Miguel
Substitution74
4
JuanJuan
13
BranekovAleksandar Branekov
21
GubertiStefano Guberti
18
ZehirovAtanas Zehirov
33
BrighiMatteo Brighi
Substitution46
20
ManchevNikolay Manchev
Substitution60
41
ScardinaFilippo Scardina
Substitution81
Goal89
24
BáezHugo Báez
42
PettinariStefano Pettinari
Substitution74
30
Y. TodorovYordan Todorov
Substitution80
77
CassettiMarco Cassetti

Coach

Luboslav Penev (BUL) Claudio Ranieri (ITA)

Referee

Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)

Assistant referees

Ljubomir Krstevski (MKD), Marjan Kirovski (MKD)

Fourth official

Dejan Nedelkoski (MKD)

Additional assistant referees

Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD), Goran Spirkoski (MKD)

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