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Stadio Olimpico (ATT 60,000) 23rd November 2010 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: A Undiano Mallenco

Roma Roma vs Bayern Munich Bay Munich

Roma 3

M Borriello (49)
D De Rossi (81)
F Totti (pen 84)


Bay Munich 2

M Gomez (33, 39)

Roma comeback eases nerves

Borriello, De Rossi and Totti inspire Italians to stunning turnaround

Last Updated: 23/11/10 10:44pm

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Ranieri: Last 16 in touching distance

Ranieri: Last 16 in touching distance

Roma produced a spectacular second-half fightback to put the UEFA Champions League knockout stages within touching distance after a 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich.

Man of the Match: Marco Borriello. His goal was a bit of a scrappy finish, but he was in the right place at the right time and he went on to win the penalty to help Roma secure the win. Goal of the Match: Borriello's finish is unlikely to win any awards, however, Jeremy Menez's run and assist were excellent in Roma's equaliser. Unsung hero of the Match: Mario Gomez has restored his reputation this season. After almost leaving Bayern in the summer, he has now scored six goals in five Champions League matches. Talking Point: Were last season's Champions League runners-up Bayern guilty of complacency? Are either of these teams genuine contenders in this season?

Trailing to a Mario Gomez double at half-time, Claudio Ranieri's club had appeared destined for a nervy trip to Cluj in their last Group E match after a wretched first-half performance at the Stadio Olimpico.

But Roma mustered a stunning comeback as Marco Borriello, Danielle De Rossi and a penalty from substitute Francesco Totti exposed the complacency of already-qualified Bayern and eased Italian anxiety.

The Serie A outfit now sit second in the group with nine points ahead of facing rock-bottom Cluj on 8th December, while Basel, who visit Bayern, occupy third place with six points.

Roma have been in excellent form in Serie A and climbed into fifth place at the weekend with a 2-0 triumph over Udinese.


They were the first to threaten in the game with Borriello hitting the ball on target and forcing Bayern Munich goalkeeper Thomas Kraft to dive and push the attempt away.

Shortly after, Franck Ribery, starting after an injury absence, fed Martin Demichelis outside the area and his well-struck attempt went wide of the far post.

In the 33rd minute, Gomez broke the deadlock. Ribery fed his 25-year-old team-mate and his right-footed strike inside the box beat Roma goalkeeper Julio Sergio.

Roma had little time to react as Gomez notched his second six minutes later.

Thomas Muller threaded the ball through the Roma defence and Gomez shot towards the bottom right corner and out of Julio Sergio's reach for his sixth goal in five Champions League matches this season.


Roma picked up the tempo after the re-start and their efforts were rewarded.

A great run from Menez saw the French striker get past Demichelis and play the ball into the area where Borriello managed to get his foot to the ball and fire past Kraft.

Roma coach Claudio Ranieri brought on Totti to replace Matteo Brighi and in the 81st minute, the Italians pulled level.

John Arne Riise crossed into the area and De Rossi was there to tap the ball in.

Roma went ahead soon after when Totti stepped up to take the penalty following the foul on Borriello.

RomaTeam StatisticsFC Bayern Munich
01st Half Goals2
10Shots on Target3
6Shots off Target11
1Blocked Shots2
4Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
78.8Passing Success86
88.9Tackles Success66.7
50.3Territorial Advantage49.7

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