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Vucinic double helps Roma stun Chelsea

November 05, 2008 07:25 IST

Two goals by Mirko Vucinic guided AS Roma to a surprise 3-1 win over last season's runners-up Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Former Chelsea defender Christian Panucci [Images] tapped in the first from close range on 34 minutes and Montenegro striker Vucinic struck twice at the start of the second half as Roma ended a run of five consecutive defeats.

Tuesday night's results

Anorthosis 3 - 3 Inter Milan
AS Roma 3 - 1 Chelsea
Barcelona 1 - 1 Basel
Cluj 1 - 2 Bordeaux
Liverpool 1 - 1 Atl´┐Żtico M
Marseille 3 - 0 PSV
Sporting 1 - 0 S. Donetsk
W. Bremen 0 - 3 Panathinaikos

The Londoners pulled one back through captain John Terry in the 75th before having midfielder Deco sent off for a second yellow card five minutes later.

Chelsea stay top of Group A with seven points from four games, one point ahead of Roma and Girondins Bordeaux.

The visitors were in complete control until the unmarked Panucci strolled through a sleepy defence to convert a right-wing cross from close range.

Chelsea had enjoyed most of the possession, forcing good saves out of Brazilian keeper Doni from long-range efforts by Deco and Frank Lampard [Images] (twice).

But the goal lifted the Serie A side's confidence and Vucinic drove the ball in from outside the box three minutes after the break to make it 2-0.

He then capped off a long run down the left with a cool finish in the 58th with Chelsea's defence scattered.

Terry, who scored the winner in the 1-0 home win over Roma two weeks ago, pulled one back when he converted a left-wing cross from three metres.




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