Vučinić reigns as Roma reel in Chelsea

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Vučinić reigns as Roma reel in Chelsea

Postby austingh on Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:07 pm

AS Roma shrugged off their troubles in emphatic style by defeating ten-man Chelsea FC 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico to reinvigorate their hopes of reaching the knockout stages with two rounds to play in Group A.

Stunning strikes
A first-half goal by former Chelsea player Christian Panucci and two stunning strikes from Mirko Vučinić gave the Italian side a deserved three points to lift them to within a point of the Londoners at the top of the section. Chelsea, suffering only their second defeat under the charge of Luiz Felipe Scolari and a first for an English club in this season's UEFA Champions League, found a consolation goal through John Terry before an increasingly frustrating performance was completed by Deco's late dismissal.

Rain in Rome
Despite a heavy downpour before kick-off, there was plenty of attractive football in the opening exchanges. At the heart of things early on, Deco fired the first shot in anger on ten minutes, moving into oceans of space 25 metres out before letting fly to force Doni into a finger-tipped save. Just as they had done at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago, Roma appeared happy to play on the counter. From one move, captain Francesco Totti, who had passed a late fitness test, flicked the ball to strike partner Vučinić but the Montenegrin's opportunist volley cleared Petr Čech and the bar by a metre.

Doni defence
Yet the visitors remained in control, and had three chances to open the scoring in as many minutes midway through the half. First Deco and then Florent Malouda saw goal-bound shots deflected wide before an edge-of-the-box grass-cutter from Frank Lampard stung the right hand of Doni. On the half-hour mark it was the Brazilian goalkeeper's left hand this time which denied the Chelsea midfielder after a rasping right-footed drive from distance. Roma were looking a team that had lost their last five matches but that all changed after they struck first after a well-worked free kick on 34 minutes. Cicinho, receiving the ball out wide, crossed first time for Panucci, who side-footed in having been left all alone in front of Čech.

Special goals
With players and fans alike visibly lifted by that strike, Roma returned playing with the confidence that had eluded them all season. With just three minutes of the second half played the Giallorossi were two up. Totti and Matteo Brighi exchanged passes before the latter teed up Vučinić to drill a fierce shot to the left of the diving Čech from outside the box. The 25-year-old's second goal, ten minutes later, was equally special as Vučinić dispossessed John Mikel Obi midway inside his own half and ran a full 70 metres before beating the Nigerian a second time and, finally, wrong-footing Čech at the near post to make it 3-0.

Terry again
Chelsea were given a glimmer of hope with 15 minutes to go when Terry prodded home from close in after Deco's shot had fallen his way, but it was not enough and five minutes later the Portuguese received his second yellow and marching orders to complete a miserable night for Scolari and his men.

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Re: Vučinić reigns as Roma reel in Chelsea

Postby Joe Frazier on Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:08 pm

OMG! Chelsea paa :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: Vučinić reigns as Roma reel in Chelsea

Postby Kwame on Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:10 pm

This is the reason why Chelsea needs Essien all the time. :roll: :roll: :roll:
How can a mediocre team like AS Roma make Chelsea suffer to the that extent? Eii, wei die humiliation paa nie. Kai.
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Re: Vučinić reigns as Roma reel in Chelsea

Postby Wofa Red on Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:12 pm

****, Chelsea I won't support them. Where was Essien in the midfield. Aaah. This is extremely unacceptable. :evil:
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Re: Vučinić reigns as Roma reel in Chelsea

Postby kakai on Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:30 pm

Wofa Red wrote:****, Chelsea I won't support them. Where was Essien in the midfield. Aaah. This is extremely unacceptable. :evil:

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