|Thursday 15 February 2001 20:00
UEFA Cup 4th Round 1st Leg
||0 - 2
|| Owen 46, 71
| 1 Francesco
23 Alessandro Rinaldi
19 Walter Samuel
28 Amedeo Mangone
17 Damiano Tommasi
8 Hidetoshi Nakata
9 Vincenzo Montella
24 Marco Delvecchio (c)
32 Vincent Candela
22 Cristiano Lupatelli
5 Marcos Assuncao
7 Eusebio di Francesco
25 Gianni Guigou
16 Gaetano D'Agostino
18 Gabriel Batistuta
21 Abel Balbo
|| 1 Sander
23 Jamie Carragher
2 Stephane Henchoz
12 Sami Hyypia
6 Markus Babbel
3 Christian Ziege
20 Nick Barmby
16 Dietmar Hamann
21 Gary McAllister
10 Michael Owen
9 Robbie Fowler (c)
19 Pegguy Arphexad
29 Stephen Wright
27 Gregory Vignal
33 Alan Navarro
37 Jari Litmanen
7 Vladimir Smicer
24 Bernard Diomede
| Nakata (Assuncao 50)
Tommasi (Batistuta 65)
Delvecchio (Guigou 81)
|| Ziege (Smicer 74)
Owen (Litmanen 79)
|OFFICIALS & BOOKINGS
|Referee: Markus Merk
(FRG) Linesman: H Muller, C Schraer 4th Official: H
| Booked: Mangone 79
|Stadio Olimpico (82,307)
||Fabio Capello (AS Roma)
Gerard Houllier (Liverpool)
- There was no official programme issued for this match.
was on form at the Stadio Olympico
Liverpool turned in a vintage display on a ground which has twice seen them win the
Two second-half Michael Owen goals secured Liverpool a priceless two-goal advantage
to take home to Anfield in a week's time.
But it was a determined and defiant team performance which provided the foundations
for a famous win.
42 mins: Rinaldi's cross finds Delvecchio but the Roma captain wastes the first
chance of the game as he heads wide
47 mins: Owen stuns the home fans with the opening goal, cutting out Rinaldi's
attempted pass and firing beyond Antonioli
64 mins: Roma sub Assuncao sees his stinging shot beaten away by Westerveld
65 mins: Roma play their trump card, throwing on striker Batistuta
71 mins: Ziege's cross finds Owen in space and he flicks home a header for his
89 mins: Barmby's clever run opens up the Roma defence but his shot is blocked by
the legs of Antonioli Roma had been beaten on their own ground in a dramatic penalty
shoot-out in the 1984 European Cup final and Liverpool fans are beginning to treat the
Stadio Olympico as a spiritual home.
The travelling fans taunted the home crowd with chants of "We always win in
Rome" as Liverpool established themselves as firm favourites to secure a
quarter-final clash with either Nantes or Porto.
Owen, who has been struggling for fitness for weeks, made his first start in eight
But when he made way for Jari Litmanen late in the second half, the ovation he
received from the Liverpool fans provided noisy confirmation that this 21-year-old striker
is far from the spent force that many had claimed.
It was Owen who made the breakthrough within two minutes of the second half.
Having doggedly restricted Roma to just one first-half chance, when Marco
Delvecchio headed over from an Alessandro Rinaldi cross, Liverpool were keen to make their
own chances count.
This time, Rinaldi was the villain, attempting a suicidal cross field pass too
close to his own penalty area.
Owen was quick to sniff the chance and cut out the pass before clinically firing a
shot beyond helpless keeper Antonioli.
The home side were rocked and quickly set about trying to repair the damage they
had caused themselves.
Sander Westerveld was alert enough to beat away a shot from substitute Assuncao and
Fabio Capello was quick to increase his goalscoring chances by throwing on dangerman
The Argentine striker had not been considered fit enough to play twice in a week,
but Roma had looked punchless without him.
But, within two minutes of his arrival, Owen ensured it was he and not Batistuta
who would grab the headlines.
Christian Ziege, having seen his free kick cleared, was given a second chance to
cross and this time the Roma defence was undone.
Owen exploited the space mercilessly, stealing in ahead of goalkeeper Antonioli to
glance home the faintest of headers.
Liverpool's defence grew meaner as they became hungrier and Roma were a well-beaten
side by the final whistle.
It could have been even more painful for the home side as Barmby skipped past a
defence appealing in vain for an offside which was never given.
Barmby suddenly had a glorious chance to continue his record of a goal in every
Uefa Cup away tie Liverpool have played this season, but saw his impressive run ended by
the legs of Antonioli.
A third goal would have been more than Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier could have
dreamed of, and there was no hiding his delight at the final whistle.
"The whole team was superb," he cried.
"I was worried because we had players missing through injury and others cup
tied, while there were several playing who were only just back from injury.
"But Michael's goals gave us confidence and the defence was outstanding."
Owen was delighted to make a goalscoring return and said: "It is nice to play
in such a great stadium and to come away with two goals.
"It was a great performance by the whole team."
Roma: Antonioli, Rinaldi, Samuel, Mangone, Cafu, Emerson, Tommasi, Nakata,
Montella, Delvecchio, Candela.
Subs: Lupatelli, Assuncao, Di Francesco, Guigou, D'Agostino, Batistuta, Balbo.
Liverpool: Westerveld, Babbel, Henchoz, Carragher,
Ziege, Hyypia, Barmby, Hamann, McAllister, Fowler, Owen.
Subs: Vignal, Litmanen, Diomede, Wright, Navaro, Smicer, Arphexad.
Referee: Markus Merk (Kaiserslautern)
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