Brilliant Roma fight back to beat Bayern 3-2

Reuters

Tue, 23 Nov 22:22:00 2010

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AS Roma battled back brilliantly from 2-0 down to beat already-qualified Bayern Munich 3-2 on Tuesday and boost their own hopes of reaching the last 16 knockout stage of the Champions League.

In-form Bayern striker Mario Gomez scored twice to put the Germans in control at halftime in the Group E clash before Claudio Ranieri's Roma side netted early in the second half through Marco Borriello.

Daniele de Rossi grabbed the equaliser from close range after 81 minutes and substitute Francesco Totti made it 3-2 to the home side when he converted an 84th minute penalty after Borriello had been felled by goalkeeper Thomas Kraft.

Roma travel to CFR Cluj in the final round of group matches on Dec. 8 in a bid to make February's first knockout round.

Bayern coach Louis van Gaal sprang a slight surprise by handing a Champions League debut to reserve goalkeeper Kraft. The 22-year-old made a nervous start in common with his team mates before growing in confidence along with his side.

Roma had the better early chances but Gomez pounced on a hopeful clip across the box from the returning Franck Ribery and the ball dribbled in off the post for the opener.

The Germany forward then cleverly prodded in his second from Thomas Mueller's short pass following a terrible defensive mixup involving Roma's Jeremy Menez, which led to the hosts being booed off at halftime.

The French playmaker partly redeemed himself shortly after the break when his run and cross was turned in by Borriello, albeit from the floor after the ex-AC Milan striker fell over while controlling the ball.

Bayern's Kraft was then on hand to make a superb double save from Simplicio and Matteo Brighi before Roma's incredible comeback ended the 100 percent record of last season's runners-up in this term's competition.

 

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