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Turkey's Gaziantepspor upset Roma

Cristian Chivu, left, Riadh Bouazizi
Bouazizi, right, takes on Roma's Chivu.

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GAZIANTEP, Turkey (Reuters) -- Gaziantepspor continued their fine UEFA Cup form by establishing a 1-0 third round, first leg lead over Italian giants Roma.

A goal on 19 minutes from on-loan midfielder Yusuf Simsek handed the unfashionable side from southern Turkey a narrow advantage over one of the competition favorites.

Simsek picked up a pass in the Roma penalty area, beat one defender and slotted the ball past goalkeeper Carlo Zotti.

Confident Gaziantepspor, who overcame French side Lens 6-1 on aggregate in the previous round, attacked throughout the first half and a header from Bulgarian forward Zdravko Lazarov forced a fine save from Zotti midway through the period.

The Gaziantep goal unsettled Roma, who wasted an early chance to breakthrough when Norway striker John Carew was put clean through but shot off target.

The Italian side, second in Serie A, began to make there presence felt more in the second half, with repeated forays towards the home side's goal.

Striker Marco Delvecchio controlled a pass in area but his shot was well off target after 62 minutes, then a well-worked Roma free kick put Greek defender Traianos Dellas in on goal but his shot also went astray.

Gaziantep found a second lease of life in the final 20 minutes and went close to a second goal when Ghanian Samuel Johnson volleyed against the crossbar before firing the rebound over.

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