Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Totti laments CSKA's 'punch from Tyson'

26 November 2014, 21:29

Milan - Stunned Roma captain Francesco Totti admitted a 1-1 draw with CSKA that has left the Serie A club's Champions League last 16 chances hanging by a thread felt like a "punch from Tyson".

Roma looked to have their Group E match won in freezing Moscow when Totti netted a free kick just before half-time to extend his record as the competition's oldest scorer at 38 years and 59 days.

But just seconds from the full-time whistle, late substitute Kevin Strootman lost possession in midfield, setting up a CSKA counter-attack from which Vasily Berezutsky's floated cross evaded the Roma defence to sneak inside Morgan De Sanctis's far post as the keeper was wrong-footed.

A Roma win coupled with a Bayern Munich victory at Manchester City would have secured the Italian side's qualification for the knockout phase alongside the Bundesliga giants for the first time since 2011.

Also read: Roma denied by CSKA Moscow

Instead, CSKA's late leveller in the earlier Moscow fixture provided the inspiration for City ahead of a stunning 3-2 win over Bayern thanks to a Sergio Aguero treble, including an injury-time winner, at Etihad Stadium.

Totti, who had become the competition's oldest scorer when he levelled for Roma away to City in September, said the goal was like taking a wallop from former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson.

"Everything was perfect, thanks to my goal we were two steps away from qualification," a stunned Totti told reporters.

"Instead, we conceded a goal that was like a punch from Tyson."

Although De Sanctis looked at fault for not tracking Berezutsky's floated cross from the left flank, the Roma goalkeeper quickly deflected the blame.

"Don't blame me, or this time I'll get angry," De Sanctis hit out in an interview with Sky Sport Italia. "We had possession in the 92nd minute, we shouldn't have allowed that to change.

"It's nothing to do with (my) reaction, I had three defenders in front of me. All we can do is accept they scored and shut up about it."

De Sanctis was later backed up by Totti, who added: "The only mistake we made in this instant was in our ball management. We shouldn't have lost it like that."

City forward Stefan Jovetic admitted CSKA's equaliser had "prompted big celebrations" among the players watching the earlier group fixture as they waited to kick off against Bayern.

Although Roma still sit second in Group E, the Italians, City and CSKA are all on five points -- setting up an enticing Group E finale that could see either Roma or City join Bayern in the knockout phase.

Roma will qualify if they beat City at the Olympic Stadium next month. A draw would also be sufficient, as long as CSKA also draw away to Bayern.

Thanks to their 1-1 draw at City in September, Roma can also go through with a scoreless draw against City, as long as CSKA lose to Bayern.

Any other result would almost certainly see Roma eliminated, although Roma coach Rudi Garcia insists the Italians have to "think positively".

"We have to think positively. Our destiny is in our hands and this is a great thing," said the Frenchman.

"We're not making calculations, we prefer to focus on beating City.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...