It was just for kicks.

Jim Harbaugh and some Michigan football players welcomed AS Roma players along with its CEO and coach to campus Monday, returning a favor for the Italian soccer team that hosted the Wolverines earlier this year while they practiced overseas.

"It was great to see the guys interact and have a little bit of fun," Harbaugh said.

In a friendly competition that alternated between football and soccer drills, such as kicking field goals and taking penalty shots, AS Roma edged Michigan 8 1/2 to 7.

AS Roma was in the area for the International Champions Cup to face Paris Saint-Germain in Detroit's Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers.