Competition: UEFA Cup, Fourth Round, Second Leg.
AS Roma: Antonioli; Rinaldi, Aldair, Mangone, Candela; Zago, Nakata (Di Francesco), Tomassi, Totti; Montella, Delvecchio. Unused Subs: Lupatelli, Zanetti, Blasi, Tomic, Gurenko, Lanzaro.
Referee: Jose-Maria Garcia-Aranda
nothing, like a venomous bite from an apparently dormant snake, the remarkable
Harry Kewell uncoiled and in an instant delivered the
fatal strike that laid asunder another mighty foe in Unitedís
also indebted to their fine defence which kept its
fourth consecutive clean sheet. Alf-Inge Haaland played his part in his unfamiliar role and his
dynamic display was a revelation and the cornerstone of the United
victory, and the loss of Jonathan Woodgate as the
defensive lynch-pin was hardly noticed. United had to score at some point to
win the match, but it was never going to be an easy task. In three previous
encounters with Roma United had failed to score, while a single goal was all
that Roma could muster in those games. In that seasonís UEFA Cup tournament
Roma had only conceded one goal away to Vitoria Setubal in the first game and then hammered seven without
reply in the return in
without Marco Cafu, one of the stars of the first leg
Ian Harte was sent crashing into the hoardings by Francesco Totti and the Roma captain was shown a yellow card. Eirik Bakke ghosted past Nascimento Aldair and Vincent Candela and into the Roma box in the twenty-fifth minute to raise Unitedís hopes and his fine powerful low drive was matched by an equally fine save from Francesco Antonioli. At the other end Hidetoshi Nakata had Nigel Martyn back-pedalling frantically to collect his long range lob and then Francesco Totti was well wide as Roma rallied. Significant efforts were few and far between, but Harry Kewell brought out the very best in Francesco Antonioli with a wicked shot in the thirty-eighth minute which was pushed for a corner at the last moment. Michael Bridges and Vincent Candela clashed and both were yellow carded just before Alessandro Rinaldi ventured forward and put in a shot which skimmed the crossbar. Half-time came and United still had not really taken the initiative and it had in reality been a game of cat and mouse with neither team able to breach their opponents defence.
Eirik Bakke and Michael Bridges showed some neat touches early in
the second half before Alf-Inge Haaland
came to Unitedís rescue at the other end with a
powerful challenge on Marco Delvecchio. Nascimento Aldair was off target
with a header from a corner before United counter-attacked through Harry Kewell but Ian Harte shot wide
from his cross.
Finally in the sixty-seventh minute United were in ecstasy as Harry Kewell gave them the lead. It started with a marauding run upfield by Alfie Haaland and when Lee Bowyer gained possession he squared it to Harry Kewell who was twenty-five yards out. He had a good look and teed it up for himself before unleashing a rising left-footer which Francesco Antonioli could only help into the net. A couple of minutes later tried to repeat the feat but the lurking Lee Bowyer got in the way and took the full force on the back of his head. Vincent Candela went close firstly with a header and then from a direct free-kick as Roma finished powerfully but then the match exploded in injury time with a double sending off for the shell-shocked Italians. Carlos Zago went for a second yellow after going nose-to-nose with Alan Smith right in front of the referee and then Vincent Candela got a straight red for head-butting Darren Huckerby in unsavoury displays of impetuosity arising from the same incident as the inevitability of defeat finally sank in.
Harry Kewell unleashes the winner
United players congratulate Harry Kewell
Michael Bridges finds himself surrounded by Roma defenders
Alf-Inge Haaland brings Marco Delvecchio down to size†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Gary Kelly has Francesco Totti under his control
Harry Kewell leaves Amedeo††††††††††††††† Harry Kewell gets round Aldair
Alan Smith pressures Aldair†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Darren Huckerby in full flight against Aldair††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††Lucas Radebe holds off Vincenzo Montella
Lee Bowyer holds off Vincent Candela††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Alan Smith hussles Antonio Carlos Zago
Harry Kewell scored the all-important goal†† ††††††Alf-Inge Haaland deputised well for Jonathan Woodgate as Unitedís defensive lynch-pin
Michael Bridges showed neat touches††††††††††† Lee Bowyer passed to Harry Kewell for his goal†††† Lucas Radebe stood on no ceremony
Ian Harte was off target with a shot††††††††††††††††††† Eirik Bakke showed††††††††††††† Darren Huckerby came on as substitute†††† Alan Smith unsettled
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† neat touches†††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Roma
Nigel Martyn made a frantic save††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Jason Wilcox and Stephen McPhail played their parts in midfield††† †††††
Matthew Jones came on as a substitute††††††††††††† Alessandro Rinaldi stood in for Cafu††††††††††††††††††† Eusebio Di Francesco came on as a substitute