MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) – Francesco Totti became the oldest goal-scorer in Champions League history as Roma held Manchester City to a 1-1 draw in an entertaining Group E encounter on Tuesday.
The Roma talisman, who turned 38 on Saturday, struck mid-way through the first half to earn Rudi Garcia’s Serie A high-fliers a point after Sergio Aguero had put City ahead with a fourth-minute penalty.
Totti’s goal broke a record previously held by former Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs and saw him end a run of nine matches without scoring in club games on English soil.
“We’ve shown we’re up to the level of this group,” said Roma coach Garcia, whose side visit Italian title rivals Juventus on Sunday.
“We were playing against the champions of England, one of the world’s richest clubs.
“It wasn’t easy to be one goal down, but we have a good team and we took advantage of our good moments.”
It was the first time in seven games that Roma had not won this season, but they left the Etihad Stadium the more satisfied team following a result that left them two points below group leaders Bayern Munich.
City, beaten 1-0 by Bayern in their first game, could not make their dominance of possession count and may need maximum points from their forthcoming double-header with CSKA Moscow if they are to avoid a third group-stage exit in four years.
“It was a very important game, but not decisive,” said City manager Manuel Pellegrini.
“Maybe playing at home it is never good just to draw, but also we played against a very strong team in a very good moment.
“We must continue fighting for the next 12 points and we’ll see which team will qualify.”
A hamstring injury to Morgan De Sanctis obliged Roma to hand a competition debut to 23-year-old Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski and his first duty was to pick the ball out of the net.
City old boy Maicon blatantly hauled Aguero back by the shoulder as he looked to latch onto David Silva’s chipped pass and the Argentine got up to send Skorupski the wrong way from the spot.