Mourinho’s Roma humbled 6-1 in Conference League

October 22, 2021
Bodo Glimt’s coach Kjetil Knutsen (left) speaks with Roma’s head coach Jose Mourinho (centre) after the Europa conference league match between Bodo Glimt and Roma at Aspmyra stadium in Bodo, Norway yesterday. Bodo Glimt won the match 6-1.
Bodo Glimt’s coach Kjetil Knutsen (left) speaks with Roma’s head coach Jose Mourinho (centre) after the Europa conference league match between Bodo Glimt and Roma at Aspmyra stadium in Bodo, Norway yesterday. Bodo Glimt won the match 6-1.

Jose Mourinho's Roma were routed 6-1 by Norwegian team Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League yesterday, the first time the Portuguese manager has seen one of his team's concede six goals in a game.

Roma are one of the big favourites to win UEFA's new third-tier competition but trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes and conceded four more goals after the break. It was the Italian team's first loss after winning their first two group games.

Tottenham, one of the other favourites, also had a setback as it lost 1-0 to Vitesse in the Netherlands.

In the Europa League, West Ham and 10-man Lyon both earned a third straight victory to remain the last two teams in Europe's second-tier competition with a perfect record.

Lyon came from two goals down to beat Sparta Prague 4-3 away, while West Ham cruised to a 3-0 home win against Genk.

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Erik Botheim and Ola Solbakken scored two goals apiece for Bodo/Glimt, while Patrick Berg and Amahl Pellegrino added one each for the Norwegian champion. Roma forward Carles Perez had made it 2-1 in the first half.

Mourinho attributed the result to his decision to heavily rotate his squad and rest most of his first-choice players for the game, which was played on an artificial pitch.

"They had more quality than us. Their first team is a much better team than our second team," Mourinho said. "In the end, they are better players than my players. ... The only thing I can say is that I tried to do it with a good intention of resting my best players for the next game, but we were punished by that."

After three games, Bodo/Glimt top the table in Group C with seven points, leading Roma by one.

Mourinho hopes to become the first manager to win all three current major UEFA club trophies, having won the Champions League twice (with Porto and Inter Milan) and the UEFA Cup/Europa League twice (with Porto and Manchester United).

Tottenham rotated their entire starting 11 from the team that won at Newcastle 3-2 in the Premier League on Sunday, and left star striker Harry Kane at home.

The London team badly missed Kane's scoring touch and creativity in Arnhem.

Bryan Gil had Spurs' best chance but hit the bar. Maximilian Wittek volleyed home the winner in the 78th minute for the hosts.

Rennes used the chance to move atop Group G with seven points after a 2-1 win at Slovenia's Mura.

Also, 10-man Copenhagen lost 2-1 to PAOK after goalkeeper Kamil Grabara was given a straight red card nine minutes into the game for handball outside the area.

- AP

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