Info

Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
2 October 2018
Game week
2
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
2 - 0
Full-time
5 - 0
Venue
Stadio Olimpico (Roma)
Attendance
41243

Goals

E. Džeko (G) 3' (assist by: A. Kolarov)
1 - 0
E. Džeko (G) 40' (assist by: C. Ünder)
2 - 0
C. Ünder (G) 64' (assist by: Lorenzo Pellegrini)
3 - 0
J. Kluivert (G) 73'
4 - 0
E. Džeko (G) 90'+2 (assist by: A. Florenzi)
5 - 0

Commentary

Minute   Description
That's all from us for tonight, thank you for joining our coverage. Until next time, goodbye!
Roma have now won three on the bounce in all competitions and will hope to make it four when they visit Empoli on Saturday. Plzen host Teplice as they look to go top of their domestic league table.
And there goes the final whistle! Dzeko stole the limelight with a perfect hat-trick - another at home against Viktoria Plzen after his heroics in the Europa League two years ago - with exciting youngsters Under and Kluivert grabbing one apiece in a routine win for the Italians. Plzen were simply undone by the quality of attack on display, and were unable to contain a red-hot Dzeko. It finishes 5-0 to Roma!
90'+3 FULL-TIME: ROMA 5-0 VIKTORIA PLZEN
90'+2 It was a quality delivery by Roma's captain for the night, and Florenzi would have been confident of getting an assist when the ball made contact with Dzeko's head at the back post.
GOAL!!! DZEKO FINALLY GETS HIS HAT-TRICK! It's 5-0 to Roma now as Florenzi whips a corner straight onto the striker's head, and he guides it into the bottom-left corner with aplomb for his third of the night! That's actually a perfect hat-trick, given he scored the first with his left foot and the second with his right!
90' Roma are knocking the ball about confidently. They've been impressive going forward today, and they deserve their big win.
88' Roma win it high up the field, but Schick flings out an arm and catches his man in the face, picking up a yellow card.
87' Plzen try to take the sting out of the game as they pass it around the back, but they're inviting Roma pressure in dangerous areas.
85' SAVE! Dzeko races onto a long ball on the right and goes for a spectacular volleyed finish, but Kozacik keeps it out well. He just can't get that third goal!
83' OFFSIDE! Fazio rises highest to glance a wicked header in off the crossbar from a free-kick, but it's correctly ruled out for offside! Roma still look dangerous.
80' Dzeko can't take the ball under his spell but keeps it in play well, before putting the ball back into the danger area, but Plzen scramble it away.
78' Plzen have essentially accepted defeat. Krmencik - their scorer in the 2-2 draw against CSKA Moscow, is replaced by Reznicek.
77' Luca Pellegrini take a long ball down well in the box, but his attempted cross is deflected away from the danger zone.
74' Kolarov is the final change, to be replaced by Luca Pellegrini.
Another quality performer in Under comes off for Zaniolo, having scored and hit the crossbar.
Pellegrini - whose passing has been exquisite - is replaced for the final stages by Schick.
73' GOAL! KLUIVERT MAKES IT FOUR! Under races onto a long ball forward on the right, and tries to flick it goalwards with the outside of his left boot. Kozacik saves it, but he doesn't parry it to safety, and Kluivert pounces on the loose ball and fires it home! It's 4-0 to Roma!
72' CHANCES! Fazio wastes two chances in quick succession. First, a header comes off his shoulder and goes behind off a defender for a corner, before the defender heads over from the cross at the near post!
71' Ubong is replaced by Ekpai, but the substitute can offer little more than damage control at this stage.
70' SAVE! Dzeko just can't get his hat-trick! The ball falls to him in space on the right and he takes a touch before drilling it at goal, but Kozacik dives to block it away! Great goalkeeping!
69' Cristante pings the ball in for Dzeko, but Prochazka does well to nick it away from him! It's a corner to Roma.
68' SAVE! Under is fouled out wide, and it's floated into the area by Pellegrini, but Fazio's header towards the bottom corner is tipped round the post by Kozacik!
66' Dzeko has a pop from outside the area after a little give and go, but it's straight at the goalkeeper.
64' Horava is replaced by Kolar for Plzen as they try to stem the tide in Rome.
Pellegrini produced two quality passes in as many minutes, and Under converted the second superbly.
GOAL!!! UNDER SCORES! It's now 3-0, and that should be that. Pellegrini slides another great ball through, this time out to the right, and Under opens up his body and places the ball across the goalkeeper with his left foot! The young winger has been excellent tonight.
62' Dzeko is just caught offside after a lovely ball through by Pellegrini.
61' Roma haven't started this half as they finished the first, and look a little too relaxed since the break.
59' SAVE! Prochazka has a pop from outside the box as Plzen pass it around without much penetration, and Olsen is equal to it, holding on to the effort well.
57' CHANCE! Cristante feeds Under, who gets away on the right, but his square ball for Dzeko is poor, allowing the keeper to intercept. That hat-trick was tantalisingly close for the striker.
55' Cristante bundles Horava over clumsily in midfield. It's been a fairly physical encounter, with Roma giving as good as they get.
53' CHANCES! Under first has an ambitious effort at goal from outside the box that is comfortably saves, before meeting Kolarov's whipped cross with his head, but he gets the connection all wrong and it skews high and wide!
51' Hejda becomes the first man to pick up a yellow card tonight as he makes a cynical challenge and prevents a counter-attack.
49' Limbersky has two attempts at a long-range strike, but smacks the ball into his own man both times! He can hardly believe it!
47' Plzen start brightly as they pin Roma back into their box, but Kovarik is a little overzealous in making his run and is caught offside, allowing Roma to relieve the pressure.
46' And we're back underway for the second half!
Plzen must be far more clinical in the final third with the few chances they are creating, and even that may not be enough if Roma play to their full potential in the second period. Under and Dzeko need to be contained far better, too, as the pair are being allowed to run riot.
Roma are in cruise control of this one after two classy finishes by Dzeko. They've dominated the ball and utilised the flanks well, with Under in particular catching the eye. Kolarov fed Dzeko down the left for the opener inside the first three minutes, and after plenty of probing, Under's wonderful cross allowed the striker to thump home a second. With the chances he's getting, Dzeko will be disappointed if he doesn't take the match ball home with him tonight. Plzen created a few decent chances midway through the half, but couldn't take any of them and now have it all to do in the second period.
45' HALF-TIME: ROMA 2-0 VIKTORIA PLZEN
44' SAVE! Florenzi makes a clever run in behind from right-back and takes down a lofted ball perfectly, but Kozacik sticks out a boot to deny the Italian a certain goal as he tries to slide it into the far corner! Great save!
42' Under is crowded out by three, before a fourth clatters into him and concedes a free-kick. Plzen are looking to stem the supply to Dzeko, and Under has looked very bright off the right flank.
40' The control from Dzeko was excellent, but Under's shimmy to make some space was clever, and the delivery was perfectly weighted.
GOAL! DZEKO DOUBLES THE LEAD! It's 2-0 to Roma now, and it's Dzeko once again! Under floats in a delightful ball to the back post that the striker chests down before rifling a half-volley past the goalkeeper! That goal might relax the hosts now, and Dzeko will be thinking about a hat-trick before the end of the night.
39' Olsen tries to be a little too intricate with his feet under pressure inside his six-yard box, and only just gets away with it! That would have been embarassing!
38' Cristante tries to whip the ball towards the back post, but he gets the delivery all wrong and it sails out for a goal-kick.
36' SAVE! Dzeko rises highest to nod a Pellegrini cross at goal, but he can't generate enough power on it and Kozacik clings on.
35' Kluivert takes a long ball down well as looks to be clear through on goal, but he just can't flick it over the covering defender and is eventually penalised for handball.
34' Plzen knock it around nicely in the final third, but the final ball is poor and Olsen claims this one much more confidently.
32' The visitors enjoy a decent spell of possession, having been penned back into their own half for the majority of the game so far. Olsen spills a seemingly routine catch from a left-wing cross, but he's able to pick up the pieces under minimal pressure.
30' Dzeko tries to beat his man inside the box with quick feet, but he's crowded out and ends up giving a foul away in the corner as he tries to win it back.
28' CROSSBAR! Under cuts in from the right and curls a wonderful strike towards the top corner as space opens up on his left, but it pings back off the crossbar with the goalkeeper rooted to the spot! That would have been quite a goal!
26' Plzen win a free-kick in a dangerous area, but the delivery is poor, and Kluivert is then fouled as the game enters a scrappy period.
24' Pellegrini tries to jink his way through on the edge of the box, but is penalised for a clash with Hejda, seeming to tread on the defender's leg.
22' Plzen have grown into the game since Roma's early onslaught, and there's no doubt that both teams are attacking primarily down the flanks and looking to provide service to their strikers. The hosts are dominating possession so far, though.
20' MISS! Horava digs out a deep cross from the left that Reznik gets a firm head to, but he plants it well wide of the target from inside the box! Should have done much better with that chance.
18' The corner count is steadily rising as Roma pile on the pressure. They look dangerous from open play in wide areas but they haven't threatened from set-pieces yet.
16' POST! Under sprints clear down the right and whips the ball in towards Kluivert, who is attacking the near post, but a defender gets a touch and it clips the base of the post on its way out for a corner!
14' SAVE! Dzeko gets into that inside-left pocket yet again and races onto a lovely throughball, before checking back onto his right and curling a low shot into the arms of Kozacik. His touch took him wider than perhaps he wanted there.
12' MISS! Kovarik gets into space on the left and fizzes the ball low into the near post towards Krmencik, but he's under pressure and slices his shot wildly off-target!
11' Roma are working their left-hand side particularly well, with Kolarov being given plenty of encouragement to bomb forward and link up with the front three.
9' CHANCE! Dzeko gets into space in almost exactly the same position as the one he scored his goal form, but this time the Plzen defence are better organised and block the ball out for a corner.
7' Plzen's game plan tonight is clear - hit their opponents on the counter-attack. They haven't had any great success as of yet, though, as Krmencik strikes a tame shot wide of the post.
5' Roma are piling on the pressure as they look for Dzeko with regularity from wide positions, and Plzen are forced to cocncede a corner, which they just about deal with.
3' GOAL!!! EDIN DZEKO OPENS THE SCORING! IT'S 1-0 TO ROMA! The Bosnia-Herzegovina striker continues his fine record against Plzen as he receives the ball from Kolarov on the left wing before racing past his marker and slotting a left-footed finish coolly into the far corner! It's 1-0 to Roma inside the first three minutes!
Kolarov fed his striker well in space on the left, but the burly forward had plenty left to do as he showed a rare burst of pace to get past his man.
1' And we're underway for the first half!
Roma head coach Eusebio Di Francesco makes three changes from his side's 3-1 derby win over Lazio in their last game, reverting to the 4-3-3 they employed in the defeat against Real Madrid. Florenzi drops back into right-back as Santon drops to the bench along with El Sharaawy, while Javier Pastore misses out altogether. In come Cristante, Under, and Kluivert.
Neither of these sides were able to start their Champions League campaigns on a winning note, however, with last year's surprise semi-finalists Roma falling to a 3-0 defeat against holders Real Madrid, while Plzen were held to a 2-2 draw by CSKA Moscow at home.
Viktoria Plzen, meanwhile, have started their domestic season in fine fettle, and are only behind Slavia Prague at the top of the Czech First League on goal difference, with eight wins and two losses from their opening 10 league fixtures.
Viktoria Plzen substitutes: Milan Havel, Tomas Chory, Ludek Pernica, Daniel Kolar, Jakub Reznicek, Ubong Ekpai, Ales Hruska
Viktoria Plzen XI (4-2-3-1): Matus Kozacik; David Limbersky, Roman Hubnik, Lukas Hejda, Radim Reznik; Patrik Hrosovsky, Roman Prochazka; Jan Kovarik, Tomas Horava, Martin Zeman; Michal Krmencik
Roma substitutes: Luca Pellegrini, Patrik Schick, Davide Santon, Stephan El Shaarawy, Ivan Marcano, Antonio Mirante, Nicolo Zaniolo
Roma XI (4-3-3): Robin Olsen; Aleksandar Kolarov, Juan Jesus, Federico Fazio, Alessandro Florenzi; Bryan Cristante, Steven Nzonzi, Lorenzo Pellegrini; Justin Kluivert, Edin Dzeko, Cengiz Under
The line-ups are out and we'll start with the home side.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Champions League Group G fixture between Roma and Viktoria Plzen at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Lineups

R
A
A
1
R. Olsen
1
M. Kozáčik
2
L. Hejda
4
B. Cristante
4
R. Hubník
5
Juan Jesus
6
R. Procházka
7
T. Hořava
7
Lorenzo Pellegrini
8
D. Limberský
9
M. Zeman
x3
9
E. Džeko
11
A. Kolarov
14
R. Řezník
15
M. Krmenčík
17
C. Ünder
17
P. Hrošovský
19
J. Kovařík
20
F. Fazio
24
A. Florenzi
34
J. Kluivert
42
S. Nzonzi
26
90
3
14
22
37
C
C
C

Additional info

Referee
P. Raczkowski
Assistants
M. Obukowicz
Fourth official
R. Siejka

Match Stats

Roma Viktoria Plzeň
52 Attacks (Dangerous) 26
11 Corners 1
12 Fouls 8
10 Free Kicks 16
5 Goal Kicks 5
4 Offsides 2
1 Shots (blocked) 2
6 Shots (off target) 3
8 Shots (on target) 2
1 Shots (woodwork) 0
7 Throw Ins 15

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
48+215
58+814
68+614
78+813
88+113

Czech Liga table

# Team MP D P
111+2027
211+727
311+1223
411+1023
511+820

Stadio Olimpico

Name:
Stadio Olimpico 
City:
Roma 
Capacity:
68530