Champions League

Real Madrid 1 - Roma 1

Real Madrid: César, Míchel Salgado, Hierro (Iván Helguera 46'), Pavón, Roberto Carlos (Solari 46'); Celades, Makelele; Figo, Zidane, Raúl; Morientes (Munitis 77'). 4-2-3-1.
Roma: Antonioli; Zebina, Samuel, Zago (Aldair 46'); Cafu, Tommasi (Assunçao 65'), Lima, Emerson, Candela; Totti (Delvecchio 89'), Batistuta. 3-5-2.

0-1. 35. Totti. Turned ball past César after Candela laid back from by-line.
1-1. 75. Figo (penalty). After Roma defender Cafu handled in area.

Real Madrid and Roma drew 1-1 in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, a result which ensured that Madrid would finish as group champions and their opponents would classify for the second phase. With his team already qualified Del Bosque was able to change his side around, although the prestige of the match against the Italian champions and the desire to come top of the group meant that he did not take too many risks. César did come in for Casillas in goal and Morientes returned up front, but apart from that it was business as usual, with Zidane making his first Champions League appearance for his new club after serving out a four match suspension from last season.

Things didn't go exactly according to plan however, with the Italians opening the scoring in the first half, Totti finishing off incisively after Candela cut through the defence and laid the ball back from the by-line. Del Bosque rested Hierro and the injured Roberto Carlos at the interval, giving Iván Helguera his first game since breaking his toe at the start of the season, playing alongside an improving Pavón in defence. But still Roma came forward, playing their first official game in the Bernabeu, and Batistuta gave the home fans a scare firing a free kick against the bar with César beaten.

Raúl missed a couple of chances which he would normally have converted, but eventually Madrid were awarded a penalty after Cafu handled in the area from an overhead kick by Morientes. There was a moment of tension before the kick could be taken, with the Roma players claiming that Salgado should have put the ball out of play with Zebina lying injured, but eventually Figo stepped up to level the scores. Madrid moved on to 13 points, with Roma on 8, Lokomotiv Moscow on 5 and Anderlecht 4. The Spaniards visit Moscow next week, and with nothing to play for are expected to leave many of their key players at home.