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Roma's Tonetto: I scored all my penalties in training

Roma fullback Max Tonetto admits he changed his mind at the final second as he missed the decisive spotkick in last night's Champions League exit.

The tie with Arsenal ended 1-1 on aggregate and was still even after 15 spot-kicks thanks to saves on Eduardo and Mirko Vucinic until Tonetto ballooned over the bar.

"It's such a shame, as during the week I did practice penalties and always scored," explained the full-back.

"When I started my run-up I noticed [Manuel] Almunia moving towards the corner I wanted, so I changed my mind at the last second and ended up making a huge mess of it."

The Giallorossi won 1-0 on the night at the Olimpico through Juan's goal despite an injury crisis that decimated the squad.

"We leave with our heads held high, but unfortunately still go out. It was a great performance with many chances, but then the lottery of penalties punished us again.

"I am sorry to have missed, as we deserved to go through. I particularly wish to apologise to the fans who cheered us on for two hours straight.

"Considering the first and second legs, it was very even and both teams deserved a place in the quarter-finals.

"Now we must do well to come together and start again by targeting fourth place in Serie A."

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