Wednesday November 24 2010
Riise: 'This is why I play football'

Roma full-back John-Arne Riise has offered last night's thrilling 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich as the reason why millions of people love football.

Roma had a mountain to climb at half-time, as a brace from in-form striker Mario Gomez gave last season's Champions League finalists a 2-0 lead.

But Ranieri's side launched a stunning comeback after the break, overhauling Bayern with strikes from Marco Borriello, Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti.

"I have played many games in the Champions League, but this is one of the most special," Riise wrote in his blog.

"It was an important game against a good team and we were already down 2-0 at half-time, but our second half was absolutely fantastic.

"Going down 2-0 at the interval was bitter. We had played better than them as they'd only had a couple of chances to score.

"But we went on the pitch after the break convinced that we could do it.

"It was such a beautiful game to play in. De Rossi's goal gave us a great push to win the game. We weren't satisfied with the draw.

"We were playing in a perfect way in the second half and the penalty that we got came from a wonderful pass from Totti.

"This game was so delightful. This game was so important. This is why I play football. Feeling these great moments, playing in these great teams in front of a brilliant crowd who support us in a wonderful way, well, it's something that makes me incredibly happy.

"We will keep going in the Champions League and I feel that we have a good enough team to go very far! I am tired, but very happy," he concluded.

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