The visiting AS Roma knocked off Liverpool FC with a 2-1 victory in a match at Fenway Park Wednesday.
The crowd of 37,169, made up mostly of Liverpool fans, got into the game more and more as the game went on. Following a near insurance goal in the 86th minute by Roma, fans chanted "Rom-A, Rom-A."
"I had no complaints," Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said. "Lots of pleasure getting minutes under their belts; lots of young players gaining valuable experience playing against top players."
After a scoreless first half, Roma struck twice with goals by Michael Bradley and Alessandro Florenzi. Liverpool answered in the 79th minute with a goal by Charlie Adam.
"It was a friendly but we put in our best effort," Florenzi said through a team translator. I would like to thank the crowd on behalf of the team. It was very special to me."
AS Roma head coach Zdenek Zeman said the team wasn't able to play hard for all 90 minutes.
"We did some good things on the field, but we still lack 90 minutes in our legs," Zeman said. "We played better in the first half; we were more disciplined."
AS Roma 2, Liverpool FC 1, 86:30: Fans behind Liverpool's goal (on the third base side) started to chant "Rom-A" after the team nearly added an insurance goal. A Liverpool run on the other side of the field quieted the crowd.
AS Roma 2, Liverpool FC 1, 79:30: And now we have a game. Liverpool's Daniel Pacheco passed it to Charlie Adam, who grounded it into the back of the net.
AS Roma 2, Liverpool FC 0, 69:30: This time it was Alessandro Florenzi, who booted a rebound into the back of the net to give his team a 2-0 lead.
AS Roma 1, Liverpool FC 0, 62:28: Roma's Michael Bradley opened the scoring on a shot that banked off the post, drawing a small roar from Roma fans.
Liverpool FC 0, AS Roma 0, 57:05: And another fan gets a free gift, as Roma's Aleandro Rosi tried to go inner-post but the ball soared deep into the stands over the net.
Liverpool FC 0, AS Roma 0, 48:34: Pretty sure a lucky fan behind Liverpool's net just got the first soccer ball sent into the seats.
Fenway Park making good use of its baseball scoreboard on the Green Monster. First half scores are listed where the first inning scores would go.
Liverpool FC 0, AS Roma 0, 45:00: Still scoreless at the half. Liverpool has had more chances, but Roma's goalie has come up big.
Liverpool FC 0, AS Roma 0, 32:10: Liverpool's Joe Cole almost netted a chip shot over Roma goalkeeper Bogdan Lobont. The ball landed just over the crossbar. Crowd loved it.
Liverpool FC 0, AS Roma 0, 23:15: Nathan Eccleston had Liverpool's best chance thus far with a one-timer sailing just wide off pass from Jonjo Shelvey, nearly into the visitors' dugout.
Liverpool FC 0, AS Roma 0, 8:00: Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi made a huge save on Nico Lopez from the penalty shot area, triggering the first roar from the crowd.
Liverpool FC 0, AS Roma 0, 4:15: We're underway with 'Football at Fenway.' No close scoring chances for either team so far.
6:33 p.m.: With the park packed with red jerseys for Liverpool, the two teams take the out-field. twitpic.com/abqf91
Looks different, eh?
Fenway Park hosts Liverpool FC and AS Roma tonight. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
We'll have live updates here throughout the game and word from the locker rooms after. Stay tuned.
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