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Roma 2 - 0 Dynamo Kiev

Roma had a strong start to their Champions League campaign as Simone Perrotta and Francesco Totti disposed of Dynamo Kiev 2-0, including a glorious team move.

Luciano Spalletti surprisingly gave Amantino Mancini a starting role despite injury worries, picked ahead of Ludovic Giuly. 

The Giallorossi opened the scoring with their first real opportunity. It was a well-worked team move in true Roma style with one-touch football, as Francesco Totti and Mancini exchnged passes, then Alberto Aquilani threaded through for Max Tonetto, whose taut cross from the left found Simone Perrotta's glancing header across the face of goal into the far corner.

Soon after Marco Cassetti burst through with another promising move and the Ukrainian goalkeeper needed two attempts to get the ball under control. The Italians played some wonderful football in the first half and another splendid series of passes including Francesco Totti, Rodrigo Taddei, Perrotta and Tonetto's powerful strike was finally smothered by Shovkovskyi.

Philippe Mexes did well to close down Bangoura in the area, but it was all Roma and Juan was very unlucky not to double their advantage. Taddei rolled the ball back towards the six-yard box where Juan's tap-in - almost with his heel, like the goal he scored at Reggina last weekend - thumped the base of the upright.

A Totti free kick from 19 metres took a double deflection, but did not take Shovkovskyi by surprise. There was a curious moment on 40 minutes when Ismael Bangoura fell all by himself in the Roma half and Mancini stopped a very promising counter-attack so that he could receive treatment. The Dynamo star was clutching his ribs, but there did not appear to be any contact.

Totti, Aquilani and Perrotta just failed to get on the end of Cassetti's cross, which was deflected out for a corner, perhaps off an arm.

Bangoura went off for striker Diogo Rincon at the break and within two minutes he had nodded a corner wide. But Mancini went far closer to 2-0 for Roma, as he combined with Totti, skipped past a defender and his shot was touched by Shovkovskyi just enough to turn it off target.

Aquilani's effort from the edge of the area was charged down, then a splendid counter-attack with Totti, Mancini and De Rossi was almost turned into the Dynamo net by Mikhalik's desperate tackle.

Mancini was not 100 per cent fit, so he was replaced by former Barcelona star Giuly. Tonetto sparked another good team move, but this time Perrotta could not get on to the assist.

Giuly may have more experience in the Champions League, but he wasted a golden opportunity to double Roma's lead created by De Rossi, as he hesitated and allowed Shovkovsyi to recover.

The goal came 60 seconds later, as Totti was sent clear by Perrotta and placed a right-foot angled drive past the Dynamo Kiev goalkeeper into the far bottom corner.

Aquilani drilled past the post and Totti had another long-range effort blocked, while Alexader Doni was untroubled by substitute Correa, but did need a fine save to deny Shatskikh's shot with the outside of his foot.

David Pizarro and Matteo Ferrari made their comebacks from injury late on and it could so easily have been 3-0 at the death, but Cassetti's piledriver from distance smashed against the upright.


Roma: Doni; Cassetti, Mexes, Juan (Ferrari 82), Tonetto; De Rossi, Aquilani (Pizarro 83); Taddei, Perrotta, Mancini (Giuly 62); Totti
Dynamo Kiev: Shovkovskyi; Markovic, Fedorov, Gavrancic, El Kaddour; Gusev (Correa 71), Mikhalik, Yussuf, Michael (Rebrov 56); Bangoura (Diogo Rincon 46); Shatskikh
Ref: Hamer (Lux)

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