AS Roma 2-1 Cluj 1: Italians cruise in Rome

AS Roma notched their first Champions League win of the season with a 2-1 result over Romanian outfit CFR Cluj.

AS Roma notched their first Champions League win of the season with a 2-1 result over Romanian outfit CFR Cluj.

Philippe Mexes struck first in the 69th minute before Marco Borriello added a second two minutes later to give the Romans the clear advantage.

Cluj hit back with 12 minutes remaining when Ionut Rada nodded home but the damage had been done and Claudio Ranieri’s men were able to salute and grab all three points at home.

UEFA Champions League Group E
AS Roma (ITA): 2 (Philippe Mexes 69’, Marco Borriello 71’)
CFR Cluj (ROM): 1 (Ionut Radda 78’)
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Referee: Jonas Eriksson
Yellow cards: ROM - nil
CLU - Emil Dica 74’

Starting Line-Ups

ROM
Bogdan Lobont (gk), Nicolas Burdisso, Philippe Mexes, Paolo Castellini, Cicinho (Cassetti 64’), Daniele De Rossi, David Pizarro, Simone Perrotta, Jeremy Menez (Adriano 45’), Mirko Vucinic (Borriello 64’), Francesco Totti

Subs - Doni (gk), Matteo Brighi, Marco Cassetti (64’), Juan, Marco Borriello (64’), Julio Baptista, Adriano (45’)

CLU
Nuno Claro (gk), Hugo Alcantara, Cadu, Ionut Rada, Cristian Panin, Edimar (Kone 69’), Dominique Kivuvu, Emmanuel Culio, Emil Dica, Lacina Traore (Bjelanovic 82’), Ioan Hora (De Zerbi 77’)

Subs - Eduard Stancioiu (gk), Sasa Bjelanovic (82’), Felice Piccolo, Roberto De Zerbi (77’), Rafael Bastos, Emmanuel Kone (69’), Tony