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Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma on Thursday were humiliated 6-1 in the UEFA Europa Conference League at Bodo/Glimt, the Norwegian champions whose fans are famed for carrying giant yellow toothbrushes to games.

“It’s my responsibility, I chose to use these players,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by Italian media.

Roma captain Lorenzo Pellegrini described the defeat as an “embarrassment” and a “slap in the face.”

Bodo/Glimt’s Erik Botheim, left, celebrates after scoring against AS Roma in their UEFA Europa Conference League Group C match at Aspmyra Stadion in Bodo, Norway, on Thursday.

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Bodo/Glimt, who wereplaying their 11th European game of the season, stunned the Italian giants who struggled in temperatures of 2°C on an artificial pitch just inside the arctic circle.

Erik Botheim scored a hat-trick for the Norwegians, with captain Patrick Berg, Ola Solbakken and Amahl Pellegrino piling on the misery for Mourinho.

Bodo/Glimt won the Norwegian title for the first time in their 104-year history last season.

Their fans have become great curiosities in the sport for their habit of waving giant, yellow toothbrushes in the stands.

Carlos Perez scored a consolation goal for a much-changed Roma side, who had won their first two games in Group C, scoring eight goals and conceding just one.

However, Mourinho would have had one eye on this weekend’s Serie A clash with SSC Napoli, who top the table in Italy with eight wins from eight games.

“If I had played the first team, someone might get injured, then we would concede four or five goals against Napoli on Sunday and that decision would have been considered wrong, too,” Mourinho said. “The team that Bodo put out today had more quality than our second string.”

Roma skipper Pellegrini told Sky Sport Italia there were lessons to be learned.

“I can only apologize and get back on track stronger than before. We said what we needed to in the locker room and it remains there,” he said. “Sometimes you need a slap to learn and we got a slap in the face today, one we fully deserved. We’ve got to make sure that we learn from this embarrassment.”

Source : https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/sport/archives/2021/10/23/2003766615

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