UEFA Champions League

April 4, 2007


AS Roma

2 - 1

Manchester United

UEFA Champions League

18:45 +00:00, April 4, 2007



    Not a bad result for United given the circumstances - down to ten men and a goal down in the first-half. A 1-0 win at Old Trafford will see them through to the the semi-finals.

  • 90'

    The ref blows the final whistle. The final score 2-1 to Roma.

  • 89'

    Saha wins a freekick as more valuable seconds tick away.

  • 88'

    Rooney runs the length of the pitch with the ball. He can't get to the Roma goal but it was great work to relieve the pressure. Much appreciated by his team-mates.

  • 87'

    Once again United have more of the possession - 56% this time. They had to do that with only ten men.

  • 86'

    Mancini collects the ball on the left of the box. He turns to shoot but the flag is up for offside.

  • 85'

    Heinze gets booked for complaining to the ref...but he has run down some time.

  • 84'

    Only a few minutes now for United to hold on for a respectable result. Although they are doing more than holding on here in Rome.

  • 83'

    Roonet tracks back to tackle Cassetti but concedes a corner. O'Shea heads clear.

  • 82'

    Ronaldo jumps with the goalkeeper but Doni is good enough to claim O'Shea's cross despite the pressure.

  • 81'

    Roma make a change. Taddei is replaced by Rosi.

  • 80'

    Cassetti goes past Rooney on the left. Vucinic can't convert at the far post. The striker shoots over the bar.

  • 79'

    Saha ploughs into the back of Perrotta. Ronaldo does one trick too many and allows Chivu to make the tackle.

  • 78'

    Totti whips up the crowd as he goes over to take a corner. His delivery is poor and Ferdinand heads clear.

  • 77'

    United make another change. Saha comes on for Giggs, who has been very subdued this evening.

  • 75'

    Cassetti scythes down Ronaldo and United have a freekick on the left. Ronaldo takes it himself and Heinze nearly gets his head to the cross.

  • 74'

    Totti and Mancini probe the United defence. Brown clears the danger.

  • 73'

    Roma have become a little sloppy in the final third - either overhitting their passes or shooting wildly.

  • 72'

    United make a change. Solksjaer is replaced by Darren Fletcher.

  • 71'

    ..Henzie reads the move and springs a United counterattack. Ronaldo takes on four players, Rooney spreads the ball wide to Giggs but the winger's cross is blocked.

  • 70'

    Totti whips in a dipping cross and United concede a corner. The pressure is still on...

  • 69'

    Panucci races down the left wing and gets taken out by Solksjaer, who gets booked.

  • 68'

    Gues what? Totti has a shot from long-range.

  • 67'

    You have to ask questions of Van Der Sar there, but great reactions from Vucinic. the roma fans find their voices.

  • 65'

    Mancini fires yet another shot from distance but Van Der Sar can only block the effort. Vucinic pounces on the rebound and fires it into the net. GOAL!

  • 64'

    Mancini runs at O'Shea and then takes a tumble in the box. The ref waves play on.

  • 63'

    Vicinic came on for Wilhelmsson after United's goal.

  • 62'

    Roma sub Vicinic gets his first touch of the game and hits yet another long-range strike, which Van Der sar saves.

  • 61'

    A valuable strike for United. The get out of jail free card of an away goal. 1-1

  • 60'

    ...Rooney opts against the header, brings the ball down on his chest and smashes the ball into the back of the net. GOAL!

  • 59'

    Ronaldo takes on half of the Roma team and slides the ball through to Solksjaer, who looks up and picks out Rooney at the far post....

  • 58'

    Roma are applying all the pressure. And getting all the decisions from the referee at the moment.

  • 56'

    Vn Der Sar takes his time over a goal kick...we might see a lot of that kind of thing from United.

  • 55'

    Roma ease through the United midfield. De Rossi shoots wide from long-range. That is beginning to be the pattern of the half.

  • 54'

    Wilhelmsson breaks down the right. Perrotta latches onto his cut-back but scuffs his shot into row z.

  • 53'

    Giggs takes the corner. It drops to Carrick on the edge off the box and he shoots over the bar. A good chance wasted.

  • 52'

    Ronaldo spins Chivu but the defender gets back to make the tackle before the United winger can fire off his shot.

  • 50'

    ronaldo scuttles in off the wing and hits a hopeful shot high and wide from 30 yards.

  • 49'

    Totti reponds by flashing a long-range effort just wide of Van der Sar's lefthand post.

  • 49'

    Ronaldo breaks the offside trap. He latches onto a high pass, hits it first time...but straight at Doni.

  • 48'

    Rooney and Solksjaer have dropped into positions on the wings with Ronaldo in a free role up top.

  • 47'

    It looks like United have been issued with instructions to just keep the ball.

  • 46'

    United get the second-half underway...and hvae a big task ahead of them. United would probably settle for 1-0 at full-time.


    There is trouble in the stands. Police are using batons on the United fans...not sure how it all started.


    A costly half for United. Just as they looked to be getting on top Scholes gets sent off and then they concede a goal just before the break. It will have to be some inspired football from the Red Devils in the second-half.

  • 45'

    The ref blows for the end of a half that has gone terribly wrong for United.

  • 43'

    1-0 to Roma. A bad blow for United and a great boost for Roma, whose fans were starting to get unhappy that the team were not performing against ten men.

  • 42'

    Mancini cuts the ball back for Taddei, whose shot hits Wes Brown and deflects past a wrong-footed Van Der Sar. GOAL!

  • 41'

    Roma attack in numbers. United are unsettled...

  • 40'

    Perrotta takes a tumble in the box under the challenge of Heinze. He gets booked for diving and will miss the second leg.

  • 39'

    It's Roma's turn to probe now. De Rossi is caught offside and the clock ticks down a little more. Ferguson will be happy to get his team in 0-0 at half-time and reorganize.

  • 38'

    United look the better side now they are down to ten man. They seem to be more considered in possession.

  • 37'

    United take a quick freekick and Ronaldo races down the flank, but Mexes is alive to the danger and makes an important tackle.

  • 36'

    The possession stats show United have had 51%, but they seem to have done little with it. Roma have had all the best chances.

  • 35'

    ...The ref shows Scholes another yellow and he is off! United's already difficult task has just got harder.

  • 33'

    Totti goes past Scholes, who sticks out a leg and brings him down. Scholes has already been booked...

  • 32'

    Giggs takes a corner from the right. Doni punches the ball off O'Shea's head and Roma break...

  • 31'

    Totti fires off a long-range effort but Van Der sar saves comfortably.

  • 30'

    Ronaldo breaks from his own half and United have men over here. Their attmepted one-two fails and a chance of putting pressure on Roma is wasted. Typical of United's attacks so far.

  • 28'

    O'Shea is to vigorous with his attempt to meet Gigg's cross and Roma get a freekick.

  • 28'

    ...Giggs delivers and Perrotta is forced to head over his own bar. United have a corner.

  • 27'

    United's long passing has been poor so far. Ronaldo wins a freekick on the right wing and so United have a chance to pack the box with players...

  • 26'

    Scholes makes his third rash challenge of the game, this time on Wilhelmsson, and gets booked. He will miss the next leg.

  • 24'

    Brown does well to track Totti and unsettle the forward before he can control the ball in a dangerous position.

  • 23'

    ...Totti's effort is blocked by the wall. United can't afford to be giving away pot-shots at goal.

  • 22'

    Roma win a cheap freekick on the edge of the box....they have had two efforts from here already....

  • 21'

    Roma are pressing very high up the pitch and the United defenders are often resorting to long clearences.

  • 20'

    Carrick slide the ball through for Rooney, who powers past Mexes but his second touch is too heavy and the ball runs through to Doni. Rooney left Mexes for dead then.

  • 19'

    The Roma fans are in good voice as Van Der Sar has to rush off his line to collect a Perrotta through-ball.

  • 17'

    Brown struggles to get the ball under control on the edge of his box and has to hoof it down the pitch.

  • 16'

    United seemed to have calmed the early storm and are getting into the game. Some promising moves are starting with Ronaldo.

  • 15'

    Ronaldo out foxes Panucci on the right - that is a good battle - but Scholes' pass for Giggs on the left is very poor.

  • 14'

    Totti hits a low shot through the wall and Van Der Sar collects the effort.

  • 13'

    Taddei takes a tumble under a challenge from Scholes...another dangerous freekick.

  • 12'

    Ronaldo skins Panucci and crosses to the near post. Rooney sticks out a foot but Chivu half blocks his effort and Doni plucks the ball out of the air. United's best move so far.

  • 10'

    Nice control from Rooney. He runs at the Roma back for but then tries to force a ball through to Solskjaer and Chivu clears.

  • 8'

    Ronaldo gives away possession...he has done that a few times now. The Portugal international hasn't found his touch yet.

  • 7'

    Panucci handles the ball on the left flank. United build from the back with Scholes. Their best passge of play comes to an end when Brown over hits a pass down the right flank.

  • 6'

    Taddei has gone down clutching his knee and United can take a break from the Roma pressure.

  • 5'

    ...Chivu flashes a 30 metre shot wide of the post. Van Der sar was rooted to the spot. Great start by Roma.

  • 4'

    Scholes gives away a freekick in a dangerous area with a typical challenge.....

  • 3'

    Roma look very fluid. Perotta's cross is cut out at the near post and the Rome club have a corner. O'Shea clears.

  • 2'

    United start their first attack. Rooney attempts to spin past Cassetti but over runs the ball.

  • 2'

    Wilhelmsson sprints down the left straight from the kick-off and wins a corner. Panucci shoots wide from the cross.

  • 1'

    Roma get the game underway. United are playing from right to left in their white and black away kit.


    The teams are out on the pitch, the Champions League anthem is plaing and we are moments from kick-off.


    Man Utd: Van der Sar, Heinze, Ferdinand, O'Shea, Brown, Ronaldo, Giggs, Carrick, Scholes, Rooney, Solskjaer. Subs: Kuszczak, Saha, Smith, Dong, Richardson, Fletcher, Eagles.


    Roma: Doni, Panucci, Mexes, Chivu, Cassetti, Wilhelmsson, Taddei, De Rossi, Perrotta, Mancini, Totti. Subs: Curci, Faty, Defendi, Ferrari, Vucinic, Rosi, Okaka Chuka.