21st October 2014 – UEFA Champions’ League group stage
Group E – AS Roma 1 – 7 Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich humiliated AS Roma in tonight’s Group E Champions League game at the Stadio Olimpico.
The home side looked tired and estranged in a lively first half and were split apart several times by the dynamic and exciting visitors.
Bayern took the advantage with a goal in the 9th minute; Arjen Robben curled one around Morgan de Sanctis after a quick exchange with Philipp Lahm.
World Cup wunderkind Mario Goetze slotted home goal number two in the 23rd minute, assisted by a sumptuous back-heel from Thomas Muller.
Barely a minute later, Juan Bernat crossed the ball in for Robert Lewandowski to head a third past de Sanctis.
Ashley Cole looked sluggish in defence and did nothing to prevent the fourth goal; a scything pass from Lewandowski found Robben, who fired at goal from point-blank, leaving the keeper helpless.
Cole’s lacklustre performance would later see him subbed-off for José Holebas at half-time.
A clumsy penalty was conceded in the 34th minute when Manolas handballed in the area. Muller coolly finished the spot-kick a minute later to end a goal-fest of a first half.
Gervinho was the only player switched on for Roma after the break; claiming a consolation goal in the 65th minute with a tap-in from a Radja Nainggolan cross.
Franck Ribery and Xherdan Shaquiri joined the party later on in the second half, replacing Lewandowski and Goetze. Both added to Roma’s misery and converted in the 77th and 79th minutes respectively.
The result all but confirms Bayern’s progression to the knock-out phase, and leaves Manchester City, CSKA Moscow and the dejected Roma side to squabble over the other place.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it was well and truly destroyed in these 90 minutes.