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THUNDEROUS ATTACKS GIVE ROMA 1st-LEG WIN OVER 10-MAN UNITED

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

Roma is real. Substitute Mirko Vucinic quickly reacted Mancini's shot that United's keeper Edwin van der Sar blocked when Roma beat Premiership leader Manchester United in the 1st leg of UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals last Tuesday. Roman crowd at Stadio Olimpico might be frustrated by the agglutinative situation in the first half that did not changed after the England side's skipper Paul Scholes was sent off by second yellow with 34 minutes to play. But thounderous attack was made when Brazilian midfielder Rodrigo Taddei carried Mancini's cross from the left into the net for Roma at ending the half.

Roma's key was midfielders' dynamo including forword Francesco Totti as a ball rolled well among them into the second. In a while, United's key was Cristiano Ronaldo's breakthrough as the Portuguese drove more freaqently appearing in both sides. And, precious away-goal by Wayne Rooney was produced by Ronaldo. Roma's coach Luciano Spalletti decided next option for attack, not for draw when Montenegro striker Vucinic immediately replaced one of midfielders, Christian Wilhelmsson. And some minutes later, a winning goal that gave Roma more confidence.

I watched Roma's game putting on for years and most enjoyed the match. I pray for the good fight at Old Trafford next week, although being deprived the chance to see it. 

match result:

UEFA Champions League 06-07
Quarterfinals (4 Apr)

Manchester Utd 1-2 Roma
(0-1)44' TADDEI
(1-1)60' ROONEY
(1-2)66' VUCINIC

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