UEFA Champions League

November 4, 2008

Full-time

AS Roma

3 - 1

Chelsea

Group A

19:45 +00:00, November 4, 2008

Olimpico

Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo

  • 90'

    All over for Chelsea. Roma are worthy winners. Back to the drawing board for Big Phil. Just when it was looking so easy....

  • 90'

    Too easy for Mexes. Cech looked to have brought down Brighi. Not given. He was miles outside the box.

  • 90'

    Roma break. Cicinho the target. Bridge gets there but Roma have it back.

  • 90'

    Time added on. This must be it for Chelsea now.

  • 90'

    Last minute. Anelka cuts inside and shoots. Corner. Lampard takes. Riise heads away. Bridge can't get a shot on target.

  • 88'

    Cicinho shoots from distance. Blocked but Roma have it back.

  • 88'

    Pizarro clattered. Time on Roma's side now.

  • 87'

    Riise on for the two-goal hero Vucinic. He's shown what a good player he is.

  • 87'

    De Rossi loops it for Vucinic, on a hat-trick. His shot is blocked by Cech. Corner to Roma.

  • 86'

    Belletti's cross nearly causes Doni to make a mistake. He clings on.

  • 86'

    Roma have played the better stuff. Will Chelsea force a way back?

  • 85'

    Taddei and Cicinho link beautifully. Dinked ball misses De Rossi and he just fails to get the right direction on it.

  • 84'

    Anelka is slow on the uptake. Belletti's ball wends its way through to Doni. Needed someone chasing it.

  • 83'

    Chaos as a series of fouls go in. Free-kick to Chelsea. Vucinic nearly lost it to Lampard. But Lampard is poor with his pass.

  • 83'

    Boos ringing out. Long way to go here in Rome.

  • 82'

    Coach Spalletti told off by the referee for shouting too loud.

  • 82'

    Deco will wonder why but in truth he should have gone.

  • 81'

    Free-kick wasted. But Drogba made it down the right. Doni palms away. Vital save.

  • 80'

    Deco took the free-kick too quickly. And is booked. He's red-carded. Strange decision but Deco should have gone before.

  • 79'

    Anelka out wide. Panucci fouled him. Free-kick chance. The cavalry's arrived.

  • 78'

    Deco had his foot up on De Rossi. Should that have been a booking?

  • 78'

    Terry scores three points for Wigan by hoofing over the bar from sone distance.

  • 77'

    Bridge's cross headed away by Mexes. Panucci knocks away. Juan and Doni get mixed up. Roma rocking.

  • 77'

    Deco fouled. Chelsea pushing for this now.

  • 76'

    Anelka pushed wide - like in Moscow. He loved it so then.

  • 75'

    Game on? Baptista fizzes a shot past the goal. That goal - which was a handball - has made the Romans nervy.

  • 74'

    Chelsea have a goal. John Terry. Deco's cross came off Terry. Looked like a hand. He punishes it into the net. All the Roma hands were up. The goal is given and it's 3-1!!!

  • 74'

    Deco's kick headed away by Vucinic.

  • 73'

    Lampard out to Kalou. He wins a corner.

  • 73'

    Mikel with a silly challenge. Still no booking.

  • 72'

    Vucinic offside from a pass by Pizarro. What a game the Chilean has had as it's gone on.

  • 72'

    If Chelsea were to come back here that would be hugely impressive.

  • 72'

    Taddei heads to the right.

  • 71'

    On comes Taddei for Perrotta - Mr Ashton-Under-Lyme.

  • 70'

    Drogba hit the post but he had been offside in the first place.

  • 69'

    Chelsea look done in.

  • 68'

    Panucci heads away. Cicinho on the run. Vucinic and Pizarro choose to keep it. De Rossi shows real strength. Roma enjoying this.

  • 68'

    Roma pressure. Pizarro dazzled with a lovely piece skill. Perotta gets it to Brighi who shoots over.

  • 67'

    Perotta booked for complaining about the aforementioned free-kick.

  • 67'

    Panucci slipped and recovered. Drogba fouled him.

  • 66'

    Drogba - no Ballack to fall out with - takes. And into the middriff of Doni.

  • 65'

    There's a queue for this one.

  • 65'

    Roma back in numbers. Bridge shoots from distance. Late foul sees a free-kick given.

  • 64'

    Lampard shoots from distance. It squirts off the turf but not past Doni. Hit and hope from Frank.

  • 63'

    Belletti booked for slapping Panucci in frustration at a shirt-pull.

  • 62'

    Anelka shoots but it squirms off several players to go behind. Mexes gets up to the corner.

  • 61'

    Baptista fancies being beastly tonight. Kalou's on for Bosingwa. Broke gone for.

  • 60'

    Totti's off. Juliano Baptista is on.

  • 60'

    Deco should have been booked and sent off for a foul on Brighi.

  • 60'

    Belletti's cross is behind everybody and in front of Anelka.

  • 59'

    Mexes heads away. He's had a fine game. Terry is up there now. All hands to the pump for Chelsea.

  • 59'

    Mikel fouls someone. Will he get booked? He will at some point. He's that type of player.

  • 58'

    Great goal from a hugely impressive player on the night.

  • 58'

    Mikel let himself be robbed deep in the Roma half, Vucinic beat him with a bit of fortune and came in to Cech, used his eyes and smashed home. 3-0!!!

  • 57'

    Vucinic - outstanding....

  • 56'

    No, Deco. Wall jumped up to head away. Roma want this.

  • 56'

    Free-kick for Chelsea. Lampard...

  • 55'

    Mexes clears as Drogba climbed. This is a great effort from Roma.

  • 55'

    Drogba and Anelka should have linked but the Frenchman was not on the wavelength.

  • 54'

    Cech in the middle of his half has hours to head the ball with his helmet.

  • 53'

    Vucinic tried to get round Terry. No dice and the England captain clears.

  • 52'

    Vucinic nearly got Perrota through. Lovely linking from Roma's attackers.

  • 52'

    Deco and Lampard try to link up. Drogba's touch is heavy. As is Belletti's.

  • 51'

    Vucinic nearly through again but the ball came off his shoulder. Fortunate for Terry who smashes away.

  • 51'

    Pizarro out ot Vucinic. The Chilean switches it again and Terry has to come across to clear.

  • 50'

    Lampard's kick. Loops up. Cicinho clears. Mexes now heads away.

  • 50'

    Terry and Bridge get themselves out of trouble. Belletti fouled to win them time and a free-kick.

  • 49'

    Brighi with lovely skill past Belletti. The Italian passing game is in full flow here.

  • 48'

    The fans are really up for it now. Chelsea have used two subs and have a mountain to climb.

  • 48'

    What a strike and what a shock. Roma loving this!

  • 47'

    2-0 Roma. They attack with Brighi. He plays in Vucinic and he lashes from the edge of the box to put the Italians into the lead.

  • 46'

    Bosingwa's ball found Deco. Dink to Anelka is sliced as is Lampard's shot.

  • 46'

    Drogab comes short to play the ball to Lampard. Roma defend deep. Bosingwa's cross is claimed by Doni.

  • 46'

    Anelka and Drogba together. Let's see...

  • 46'

    We're off again and there's some Chelsea changes. On comes Belletti and Drogba. Off comes Cole and Malouda.

  • 45'

    Little injury-time and it's 1-0 to the Romans at the break.

  • 44'

    Roma break from a Doni punch. Vucinic shot when he had team-mates charging in.

  • 43'

    Mexes steps in to rob Anelka. Panucci on the run. Pizarro turns Joe Cole and fell to the floor. Penalty claim denied. Maybe unfairly. Cole got the ball - just.

  • 42'

    Lampard finds Bosingwa. Bodies forward and Wayne Bride decides to shoot from distance. Never going to happen.

  • 41'

    Vucinic has done well to hold the ball up all night and does it again to let Perotta get a ball in. Bosingwa chests back.

  • 40'

    Long ball was left by Terry. Cech just got there before Vucinic.

  • 39'

    Panucci's switch play falls to Chelsea and Mikel passes to Malouda. The Frenchman booms a shot into the stands of the Stadio. A wasted effort.

  • 38'

    Cicinho's ball loops over. Alex misses it as Vucinic lurked. Chelsea rocking?

  • 38'

    Over at Anfield, Atletico have scored...

  • 37'

    Vucinic fancies this. On target and Cech claims.

  • 37'

    Mexes and Totti link. Perotta fouled by Mikel. Another free-kick...

  • 36'

    De Rossi robs Cole. The crowd are liking this.

  • 35'

    What can Chelsea do? Roma now hustling for all their worth.

  • 35'

    That's made quite a change to matters. Chelsea were strutting but a piece of creative play put Roma in front.

  • 34'

    The goalscoring defender that is Panucci was allowed to just score from a yard out. Big Phil's moustache must be drooping here.

  • 33'

    Long-ranger? No, Pizarro's ball finds Cicinho. Nice pass in and Panucci wanders in with Chelsea asleep. 1-0 to Roma. Chelsea let him go.

  • 32'

    Totti fouled. Deco with a weak tackle. Likes a booking, does Deco.

  • 32'

    Totti tried to switch play when Vucinic was on the burst. Offside. Went too early.

  • 31'

    Mikel in strong in holding off De Rossi. He's dictating play.

  • 30'

    Cole and Brighi have a bit of shoving match.

  • 30'

    Brave John Terry pushes over Mexes, who looks like the singer in The Strokes. And has been known to play like him.

  • 30'

    Juan heads corner behind.

  • 29'

    Lampard piledriver. Saved. That Champions League anthem keeps going off. Loose connection?

  • 28'

    Malouda's cross headed away by Panucci.

  • 28'

    Nice pass to Vucinic from Totti. Rain-soaked pitch meant Cech would always be the winner.

  • 27'

    Vucinic on the left is set clear. Maybe he deliberated too long. Roma have a series of efforts. First Vucinic and then De Rossi. Alex especially does well.

  • 25'

    Cicinho and Malouda clash. The Brazilian goes down like a sack of gnocchi.

  • 24'

    Malouda gets more joy on the left. His pass into the middle is nearly made a meal of by Juan. But the ball is hacked clear.

  • 23'

    Doni collects the ball and gets Roma underway. His kick bounces all the way to Cech.

  • 22'

    De Rossi switches play to Panucci. A shot from fully sixty yards. Shades of Bentley. But wide and woeful.

  • 22'

    What can Roma produce here? Brighi was nearly found by Cicinho.

  • 21'

    De Rossi's ball is too fast and furious for Panucci.

  • 20'

    Deco's ball to Bridge on the overlap. Lampard sees a chance to shoot after Joe Cole dummies. Doni knocks away.

  • 19'

    Chelsea dominating possession now. Roma look short on confidence - a feeling borne out by their league position.

  • 18'

    Corner squirms to Malouda whose shot is deflected too. Next corner from Deco misses everybody.

  • 18'

    Malouda skips past two. Played across to Deco and the shot is deflected.

  • 17'

    Lampard, Cole and Anelka slip and slide and nearly link up. Cleared and Brighi is fouled by Lampard.

  • 16'

    Panucci down the right on the overlap. Cross straight at Cech.

  • 15'

    Malouda gives it away again. Roma break and Alex fails to keep the ball in.

  • 14'

    Terry hustled by Pizarro but then Malouda is away. Curved ball for Anelka but the Frenchman doesn't get to the cross. Inventive but not decisive.

  • 13'

    Totti and Vucinic try to control a ball that is bouncing around. The Montenegrin tries a shot. It loops over but that was nice skill.

  • 12'

    Long ball for Vucinic. Chasing shadows. Terry eases it off for a Chelsea throw.

  • 11'

    Roma slow to attack. De Rossi's pass was poor when he had men forward.

  • 11'

    Totti goes deep but his pass is lofted too high for little Cicinho.

  • 9'

    Totti's flick is silly in the circumstances. Chelsea off now. Bosingwa shoots. Well wide and just about misses earning a throw-in.

  • 9'

    Best action so far...but here come Roma.

  • 9'

    Deco shot as he tries to make use of the conditions. Good save by Doni who knocks behind.

  • 8'

    Ball out to Joe Cole. Pass played in for Lampard but he's nowhere near the ball. Doni collects under little pressure.

  • 8'

    Deco loose on the ball this time. Maybe the radar is off. Unheard of usually.

  • 7'

    Seemed to trigger the PA system too. It was a loud one. Though our Italian friends do not celebrate Bonfire Night they know a reet good burn up when they see one.

  • 6'

    Firecracker off in the crowd.

  • 5'

    Mexes's long ball to Vucinic. Roma try and slide it through to Brighi but the ball overruns.

  • 5'

    Nicely taken by Deco but the ball is headed clear as Terry made towards a header.

  • 4'

    Boswinga's cross wins a corner.

  • 4'

    Free-kick after a foul on Deco. Chelsea choose to play a possession approach.

  • 3'

    Deco, after some nice work passes to Boswinga. Chelsea facing quite a wall of Roma players.

  • 2'

    Ball runs quickly when Mikel passes to Joe Cole. Maybe the turf will come into play.

  • 2'

    Mikel is loose in possession. But Roma don't profit from the throw-in.

  • 2'

    Chelsea attack. Lampard and Anelka try to link but Perotta steps in.

  • 1'

    Ball looks to be running OK. I expected a quaqmire a la Baseball Ground in the 1970s.

  • 1'

    Off we go...early attack from Roma. Alex shanks a clearance and Cech collects a spinning ball.

  •  

    Alex in for Carvalho is the big news for last season's finalists.

  •  

    Totti gets a chance to prove the UK-based doubters wrong. Roma need a big performance from the King of Rome.

  •  

    So, on a rainy night in Rome, Chelsea can secure their place in the second round. No Drogba but this should be easy for them if form is any guide.

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    Join us at 1945 GMT to see if Phil Scolari's Chelsea can seal progress to the next round against Roma.