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Group stage (Group E) - 08/12/2010 - 20:45CET (21:45 local time) - Stadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu - Cluj-Napoca
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CFR Cluj - Roma 1-1 - 08/12/2010 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2011

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CFR relieved to deny Roma's 'golden underdogs'

Published: Thursday 9 December 2010, 0.41CET
CFR 1907 Cluj achieved their modest aim of not losing against AS Roma in their final Group E fixture, with the Giallorossi delighted to be heading into the round of 16 as "golden underdogs".
CFR relieved to deny Roma's 'golden underdogs'
Roma goalscorer Marco Borriello looks to hold off CFR's Emmanuel Koné ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CFR ClujRoma

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
6
Attempts off target7
 
10
Corners5
 
3
Offsides7
 
1
Fouls committed16
 
10
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group E

PPts
FC Bayern München Bayern615
AS Roma Roma610
FC Basel 1893 Basel66
CFR 1907 Cluj CFR Cluj64

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 20/11/2017 15:48 CET
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Published: Thursday 9 December 2010, 0.41CET

CFR relieved to deny Roma's 'golden underdogs'

CFR 1907 Cluj achieved their modest aim of not losing against AS Roma in their final Group E fixture, with the Giallorossi delighted to be heading into the round of 16 as "golden underdogs".

Stand-in CFR 1907 Cluj coach Alin Minteuan admitted his side's primary aim against AS Roma was "not to lose" as he reflected on a 1-1 Group E draw which confirmed the visitors' place in the UEFA Champions League round of 16. Giallorossi boss Claudio Ranieri missed the post-match press conference with a sore throat, but his assistant branded Roma as the "golden underdogs" of knockout stage.

We got a draw which we worked very hard for, and again we suffered from not managing to convert chances
Alin Minteuan, CFR caretaker coach
I think we can be considered the golden underdogs of the tournament, as we can beat anyone over two legs
Christian Damiano, Roma assistant coach

Alin Minteuan, CFR caretaker coach
We got a draw which we worked very hard for, and again we suffered from not managing to convert chances. Maybe the result would have been a different one if we had kept our composure in front of goal. But in the end we achieved what we wanted – our main target for today: not to lose.

I have faith in all of our players and I congratulate them for the way they played and for the result. We tried to impose our style of play today, but we did not manage to do so that often. It is true that a Romanian, [Roma goalkeeper] Bogdan Lobonţ, played his part in the draw, and the fact that we didn't score more goals.

Christian Damiano, Roma assistant coach
We did what we had to do: we qualified. That was an important target for us. Tonight's draw was really important both for the team and the club. The home defeat against Basel made our path difficult in the Champions League, but the team's response after that game was strong and we put in good displays in Switzerland, against Bayern and here at Cluj.

Now I think we can be considered the golden underdogs of the tournament, as we can beat anyone over two legs. We still have to improve, though; we have conceded too many goals in the final minutes of our games. We have to stay focused until the final whistle.

Last updated: 26/09/14 6.45CET

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