Roma need draw as epic comeback conquers Bayern

Updated: Nov 24, 2010, 10:18 AM IST

Rome: AS Roma`s gladiators again proved their battling qualities after recovering from two goals down to seal a 3-2 win over Bayern Munich that has left them on the brink of securing a place in the Champions League last 16.

Already-qualified Bayern, who still secured top spot in Group E, were two goals ahead at the break thanks to a double strike from Mario Gomez but the Romans marched out for the second half intent on bombarding the opposing goal.

Three incisive passes pierced Bayern`s defence and led to goals from Marco Borriello, Daniele De Rossi and a Francesco Totti penalty as the Stadio Olimpico faithful roared with delight at an eighth game unbeaten in all competitions.

Coach Claudio Ranieri`s empire was crumbling at the start of the season but a remarkable turnaround in form means Roma will guarantee themselves a place in February`s first knockout round with a draw at CFR Cluj in the final group game on Dec. 8.

"The lads were magnificent, they ran, they fought and they were helped by the fans who were marvellous," Ranieri told reporters.

The coach introduced Totti with 15 minutes left and the substitute played in Borriello with a beautiful ball that led to the striker being debatably felled by inexperienced goalkeeper Thomas Kraft, who was unlucky not to save the winning penalty.

"Totti had played two games so I let him rest a bit but I knew I could count on him, he is a stupendous athlete," Ranieri said of the 34-year-old captain.

Bureau Report