Tuesday September 28, 2010 Group Stage: Group E Finished Stadio Olimpico

AS Roma 2 - 1 CFR 1907 Cluj

  • Mexès 69’
  • Borriello 71’
  • Rada 78’

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  1. Roma edge past Cluj

    Roma edge past Cluj

    Two goals in two minutes was enough to see an unconvincing Roma beat CFR Cluj 2-1 in the Champions League Group E match. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • AS Roma
    • CFR 1907 Cluj
    • 90'+2 That's full time. Roma 2-0 Cluj.
    • 90'+1 We are into injury time in Rome...
    • 90' Cluj are bombarding the Roma goal with shots from the edge of the box. But Roma are holding on...
    • 88' Cluj piling on some late pressure. They win a corner and, now, a free kick on the right...
    • 87' Dica burst forward for Cluj, but hits his 25 yard drive just wide. Good effort, but time is running out for the visitors.
    • 84' Seems a strange move to take Traore off - the man who has caused Roma problems all night.
    • 83' Bjelanovic on, Traore off (Cluj)
    • 81' Zerbi on, Hora off (Cluj)
    • 78' Dica is booked for unsporting behaviour (not the dive, something else!)
    • 77' It's Rada with a header at the back post following a free kick that should never had been awarded. Dica dived, won the free kick, and Rada did the rest. Game on!
    • 76' GOAL! Cluj have a goal back!
    • 75' Cluj are dragging themselves around at the moment. They look a little shell-shocked.
    • 73' Kone on, Edimar off (Cluj)
    • 73' Brilliant goal. And suddenly Cluj are dead and buried.
    • 72' Brilliant goal by the substitute. A long ball from the halfway line is volleyed in by Borriello, who has swivelled and shot with his left foot in one fantastic motion.
    • 71' GOAL! Borriello has made it 2-0
    • 70' How many times to teams have to learn not to make a substitution at a corner? Cluj have learned their lesson there.
    • 70' The corner came in from Totti and, with Cluj napping having just made a substitution, Mexes popped up unmarked at the near post to fire in first time.
    • 69' GOAL! Mexes has scored for Roma!
    • 68' Totti gets to the byline but infuriates his teammates by not crossing earlier. He's won a corner though...
    • 67' It's catching. Pizarro has done the same thing. I'm guessing they've all been taking lessons from De Rossi.
    • 66' But the captain, Cadu, hits a woeful one high and wide.
    • 65' Traore wins a free kick on the edge of the Roma box. This is dangerous...
    • 64' Borriello on, Vucinic off (Roma)
    • 63' Cassetti on, Cicinho off (Roma)
    • 62' ... and then does the same thing again a minute later. Oh boy.
    • 61' De Rossi again joins the party with a terrible, terrible shot.
    • 59' Almost. Totti got the ball over the wall, but there was insufficient power to cause Claro problems, who palmed it around the post for a corner.
    • 58' Totti wins a free kick 25 yards out. Totti time?
    • 55' Hora is unable to head into the net after good work from Edison on the left. Cluj looking more likely to take the lead at the moment.
    • 53' Roma playing dangerous game.
    • 52' Traore hits the post for Cluj! The woodwork again for the visitors! A brilliant flick by Hora is met by Traore on the edge of the box, who fires his shot left footed, only to see it hit the outside of the left post. So unlucky.
    • 50' Pizarro hits a tame shot from 25 yards, which Claro gets down and saves easily.
    • 49' Adriano, on the right, tries to get beyond the Cluj left-back, but the ball is out for a goal kick.
    • 48' But the hosts clear.
    • 47' Cluj have won a free kick on the right wing for a foul on Traore...
    • 46' Adriano on, Menez off (Roma)
    • 46' Cluj, shooting from right to left, kick off the second half.
    • 45' That's half time.
    • 44' Vucinic lays the ball across to Totti who smashes it at Claro, who makes another flying save! Claro keeping Cluj in it.
    • 43' Vucinic has won a free kick after Cadu is adjudged to have handballed it. Very very harsh as he wasn't even facing the ball when it hit him on the edge of the box. Anyhow, it's a Roma free kick...
    • 41' Cicinho breaks forward on the right again, exposing that Cluj weakness again. But Cicinho puts his shot wide.
    • 39' De Rossi smashes over from 30 yards. Wishful.
    • 38' Great save by Claro! Totti gets a sight of goal from 20 yards and lets fly with his left foot, but Claro makes a brilliant diving save to his left. He gets up to meet Menez's rebound, but he puts it wide of the right post.
    • 36' Vucinic, yet again is causing Cluj problems. This time his shot is awkward rather than threatening, for Claro in goal.
    • 34' Vucinic can only find the keeper again after De Rossi finds him this time. Not an easy chance this time though.
    • 32' Great chance for Roma! Vucinic, who has been bright, is played through by a delicate lofted pass by Totti, but shoots straight at the keeper.
    • 30' Traore hits the bar for Cluj! Roma, who have looked vulnerable on the counter attack all game, lose the ball with men committed and Cluj break with Traore, who gets a lucky ricochet on the edge of the box and hits the underside of the bar with his left footed shot. Very close, but that should be 1-0 Cluj. Traore had support too, but he can't miss from there.
    • 28' Roma linking some neat passes together as they look to rediscover their early impetus in this game.
    • 26' Roma's Pizarro hammers a loose ball from the edge of the Cluj box that goes narrowly wide of Simoes Nuno Claro's right-hand post. Good effort.
    • 25' Edimar gets forward for Cluj and shoots left footed from the left corner of the penalty box with three Roma defenders around him, but the ball goes high and wide. Crazy shooting from there.
    • 23' Roma starting to cause Cluj problems at the back, with Perrotta getting to the byline again on the right. His cross is blocked this time.
    • 21' Chance for Roma! Perrotta gets into a great position on the right, and pulls a cross back towards the waiting De Rossi, Perrotta's ball doesn't have enough pace on it and Cluj smash it clear.
    • 20' A horrible goal kick by keeper Lobont goes straight to Dica who takes a touch and fires goalward. But Dica's shot is sliced wide of the right post. Dica could have made more of that.
    • 18' Vucinic gets away with a hand-ball in the box, but the Roma move breaks down anyway.
    • 16' He squares it to Pizarro instead, who clips a ball over the Cluj back line to Perrotta, who tries to find one of the Roma players in the box. But the cross fails to reach it's target and the move breaks down. Nice idea, though.
    • 15' Totti is fouled, and he has the chance to clip a cross in from the right from the resulting free kick...
    • 14' Cluj win another corner after Hora tried to dance his way through the Roma defence. Cluj keeping up the pressure...
    • 13' Hora is flagged just offside for Cluj, who are starting to ask questions of that Roma defence.
    • 12' Dica truies his luck from distance but the ball goes way over the bar. Roma defence was backing off though.
    • 10' Roma clear their lines.
    • 9' Traore wins a corner for Cluj. Roma look fragile in defence, it would be fair to say, so far.
    • 8' Cluj settling now, and they win a free kick 40 yards out after a foul by Mexes on Traore.
    • 7' Culio again gets forward and this was an even better chance for Cluj who are counter attacking to good effect. Traore gallops forward and his shot is blocked, but it falls to Culio who hurries his shot and slices wide with his left foot. More composure and that could have been a goal.
    • 5' Culio gets forward for Cluj on the right wing, cuts inside and shoots with his left. The ball flys past the near post, but a warning sign to Roma.
    • 3' Roma's Menez is fouled, and the home side are keeping the ball in Cluj's half at the moment.
    • 2' Roma taking the game to Cluj in the opening minute or two. A lot of players seem to be slipping over at the moment. Perhaps they've watered the pitch, because it's not raining.
    • 1' Roma kick off and we are underway in Rome.
    • 19.30 ROMA: Lobont, Cicinho, Mexes, Nicolas Burdisso, Castellini, Menez, Pizarro, De Rossi, Perrotta, Totti, Vucinic. Subs: Doni, Juan, Adriano, Julio Baptista, Borriello, Brighi, Cassetti. CFR CLUJ: Nuno Claro, Panin, Hugo Alcantara, Cadu, Rada, Dica, Kivuvu, Edimar, Culio, Hora, Traore. Subs: Stancioiu, Tony, De Zerbi, Piccolo, Bastos, Emmanuel Kone, Bjelanovic.
    • 19.15 Cluj already have 3 points and come into tonight's game looking to make it two wins from two, following their 2-1 home victory against FC Basel. Roma, meanwhile, conceded two late goals to lose 2-0 to Bayern Munich.
    • 19.00 Cluj stunned the Stadio Olimpico by beating the Giallorossi 2-1 in their first ever outing in the Champions League in September 2008.
    • 19.00 Roma come into this game fresh from beating Champions League and Serie A champions Inter Milan 1-0 in jury time. But they will be determined to stop lightning from striking twice in tonight's match...
  • Summary

    • 77' It's Rada with a header at the back post following a free kick that should never had been awarded. Dica dived, won the free kick, and Rada did the rest. Game on!
    • 76' GOAL! Cluj have a goal back!
    • 72' Brilliant goal by the substitute. A long ball from the halfway line is volleyed in by Borriello, who has swivelled and shot with his left foot in one fantastic motion.
    • 71' GOAL! Borriello has made it 2-0
    • 70' The corner came in from Totti and, with Cluj napping having just made a substitution, Mexes popped up unmarked at the near post to fire in first time.
    • 69' GOAL! Mexes has scored for Roma!
    • 52' Traore hits the post for Cluj! The woodwork again for the visitors! A brilliant flick by Hora is met by Traore on the edge of the box, who fires his shot left footed, only to see it hit the outside of the left post. So unlucky.
    • 44' Vucinic lays the ball across to Totti who smashes it at Claro, who makes another flying save! Claro keeping Cluj in it.
    • 38' Great save by Claro! Totti gets a sight of goal from 20 yards and lets fly with his left foot, but Claro makes a brilliant diving save to his left. He gets up to meet Menez's rebound, but he puts it wide of the right post.
    • 32' Great chance for Roma! Vucinic, who has been bright, is played through by a delicate lofted pass by Totti, but shoots straight at the keeper.
    • 30' Traore hits the bar for Cluj! Roma, who have looked vulnerable on the counter attack all game, lose the ball with men committed and Cluj break with Traore, who gets a lucky ricochet on the edge of the box and hits the underside of the bar with his left footed shot. Very close, but that should be 1-0 Cluj. Traore had support too, but he can't miss from there.
    • 26' Roma's Pizarro hammers a loose ball from the edge of the Cluj box that goes narrowly wide of Simoes Nuno Claro's right-hand post. Good effort.
    • 21' Chance for Roma! Perrotta gets into a great position on the right, and pulls a cross back towards the waiting De Rossi, Perrotta's ball doesn't have enough pace on it and Cluj smash it clear.
    • 16' He squares it to Pizarro instead, who clips a ball over the Cluj back line to Perrotta, who tries to find one of the Roma players in the box. But the cross fails to reach it's target and the move breaks down. Nice idea, though.
    • 7' Culio again gets forward and this was an even better chance for Cluj who are counter attacking to good effect. Traore gallops forward and his shot is blocked, but it falls to Culio who hurries his shot and slices wide with his left foot. More composure and that could have been a goal.
    • 19.30 ROMA: Lobont, Cicinho, Mexes, Nicolas Burdisso, Castellini, Menez, Pizarro, De Rossi, Perrotta, Totti, Vucinic. Subs: Doni, Juan, Adriano, Julio Baptista, Borriello, Brighi, Cassetti. CFR CLUJ: Nuno Claro, Panin, Hugo Alcantara, Cadu, Rada, Dica, Kivuvu, Edimar, Culio, Hora, Traore. Subs: Stancioiu, Tony, De Zerbi, Piccolo, Bastos, Emmanuel Kone, Bjelanovic.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • AS Roma

    Manager: Claudio Ranieri

  • CFR 1907 Cluj

    Manager: Sorin Cârtu

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