Champions League - Group G
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Roma 0-2 Real Madrid: Bale goal helps holders through as group winners

Gareth Bale
Bale's sixth goal of the season helped Real Madrid on their way to winning Group G

Gareth Bale's goal set Real Madrid on their way to victory over Roma in the Champions League as they cemented their position at the top of Group G.

Bale capitalised on a defensive error from home defender Federico Fazio to put the holders in front against the run of play after the break.

Spain winger Lucas Vazquez ensured the La Liga side claimed all three points, tapping in from close range after Karim Benzema's cushioned pass from a Luka Modric cross.

Earlier Viktoria Plzen's 2-1 victory at CSKA Moscow had confirmed both clubs would progress to the knockout stage with a game to spare.

For Madrid that represented a 15th consecutive season in which they had reached the last 16 of the competition since the current format was introduced in 2003-04.

There was though a question mark over who would qualify as group winners - with Real and Roma both starting the game on nine points.

Real, holding the upper-hand on head-to-head criteria after their 3-0 win in the reverse fixture, survived an attacking barrage from the hosts before securing top spot.

Prior to kick-off the packed Stadio Olimpico rose as one to acclaim club legend Francesco Totti, with the 42-year-old inducted in the club's Hall of Fame.

Totti spent his entire 24-year playing career with the Italian club before retiring in May 2017 after scoring 307 goals in 786 appearances.

Clinical Madrid have too much

Roma coach Eusebio di Francesco had questioned his team's determination after a 1-0 defeat at Udinese on Saturday.

However, there was no lack of effort against last season's Champions League winners - just a lack of end product, which was exacerbated by the absence of Edin Dzeko, who was injured in Udine.

At 32, the Bosnian forward has shown that he is not in the twilight of his career just yet, scoring five times in this year's competition.

But his replacement, 22-year-old Czech Republic forward Patrik Schick is yet to open his account in Europe, after nine games across the Champions League and Europa League.

While Schick linked play and had three shots on target, two of those were miscued efforts from close range that could have put the Italians ahead.

Fazio, Aleksandar Kolarov and Cengiz Under also went close to scoring for the hosts, with the unmarked Turkey winger blazing over from six yards out on the stroke of half time.

That proved a key turning point, with Bale scoring from his first shot of the night within two minutes of the restart, and Vazquez repeating that feat later.

While Roma found the target with just five of their 17 shots, seven of Real's 12 efforts forced home goalkeeper Robin Olsen into saves.

Madrid march on again - the stats

  • Real Madrid are the only team to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League in every season in the current format (since 2003-04).
  • Madrid have won five of their six away games against Roma (all Champions League), with the exception being a 1-2 loss in February 2008.
  • Roma have lost each of their last four meetings with Real Madrid, failing to score in each match.
  • Gareth Bale has had a hand in seven goals in his last five Champions League games (5 goals, 2 assists).
  • Lucas Vazquez scored his first goal in 10 Champions League appearances, since netting versus Borussia Dortmund in December 2017.

Line-ups

Roma

  • 1Olsen
  • 24Florenzi
  • 44Manolas
  • 20Fazio
  • 11Kolarov
  • 4Cristante
  • 42NzonziSubstituted forCoricat 64'minutes
  • 17Ünder
  • 22ZanioloBooked at 42minsSubstituted forKarsdorpat 69'minutes
  • 92El ShaarawySubstituted forKluivertat 22'minutes
  • 14Schick

Substitutes

  • 2Karsdorp
  • 5Nunes Jesus
  • 15Marcano
  • 18Santon
  • 19Coric
  • 34Kluivert
  • 83Mirante

Real Madrid

  • 25Courtois
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5VaraneBooked at 90mins
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 10ModricBooked at 21minsSubstituted forValverdeat 80'minutes
  • 18Llorente
  • 8Kroos
  • 17Vázquez
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMarianoat 77'minutes
  • 11BaleSubstituted forAsensioat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Mariano
  • 13Casilla
  • 15Valverde
  • 20Asensio
  • 24Ceballos
  • 28Vinícius Júnior
  • 31Sánchez de Felipe
Referee:
Clément Turpin
Attendance:
59,124

Match Stats

Home TeamRomaAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Roma 0, Real Madrid 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Roma 0, Real Madrid 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Booking

    Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).

  6. Post update

    Patrik Schick (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Mariano (Real Madrid).

  8. Post update

    Rick Karsdorp (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Patrik Schick (Roma) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alessandro Florenzi with a cross following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Roma. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Thibaut Courtois tries a through ball, but Mariano is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Federico Fazio.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Federico Valverde (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Asensio.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Marcos Llorente (Real Madrid).

  15. Post update

    Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marcos Llorente (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Federico Valverde.

  17. Post update

    Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ante Coric (Roma).

  19. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Toni Kroos tries a through ball, but Marcelo is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Toni Kroos (Real Madrid).

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund43018269
2Atl Madrid43017619
3Club Bruges41126514
4Monaco4013210-81

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona4310113810
2Inter Milan42115507
3Tottenham411279-24
4PSV Eindhoven4013410-61

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli41304316
2Liverpool42027526
3PSG412111745
4Red Star Belgrade4112310-74

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto431093610
2Schalke42204138
3Galatasaray41123304
4Lokomotiv Moscow4004211-90

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich54101221013
2Ajax532082611
3Benfica5113511-64
4AEK Athens5005212-100

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City5311145910
2Lyon5140111017
3Shakhtar Donetsk5122715-85
4Hoffenheim50321012-23

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid54011221012
2Roma530210649
3Viktoria Plzen5113515-104
4CSKA Moscow511359-44

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus540182612
2Man Utd531162410
3Valencia512245-15
4Young Boys5014211-91
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