Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis fails to make a save during the Group E Champions League soccer match between Roma and Bayern Munich at the Olympic stadium, in Rome, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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AS Roma's 7-1 home defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League is being seen in Italy as an unfortunate one-off, rather than another sad reflection on the dismal state of Serie A.The Manchester United defeat in 2007, under Luciano Spalletti, came in a Champions League quarterfinal, second leg in a season in which Roma had already lost touch with Serie A leaders Inter Milan, although they went on to finish second.Even after Tuesday's defeat, Roma are second in Group E and well placed to reach the knockout stage; their home match against Manchester City in early December is now looking decisive.Roma's thumping was all the more shocking because they had made impressive progress in 15 months under coach Rudi Garcia, finishing second in Serie A last season, and are seen as one of Italy's best-organized teams.
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