March 18, 2018

Roma 1 - Shakhtar Donetsk 0

14 March 2018, 09:45 | Anna Jefferson

Roma will have to overturn the 2-1 loss when they play Shakhtar Donetsk at home this week

Roma will have to overturn the 2-1 loss when they play Shakhtar Donetsk at home this week

Roma did not initially improve from the restart but, when the Shakhtar defence switched off the first time, a clear chance finally fell for Dzeko and he made no mistake.

Edin Dzeko's second-half goal was just enough for AS Roma to win their Champions League knockout stage tie against Shakhtar Donetsk after losing the first leg in Ukraine.

Diego Perotti fired straight at Pyatov as Roma chased a second and Dzeko then nearly struck again with a wonderful curling shot that just faded wide, before Shakhtar redoubled their efforts.

The Serie A side scored the only goal of the match on 52 minutes when Dzeko beat the offside trap to latch onto a through ball and toe poke the ball past Andriy Pyatov in the Shakhtar net.

Shakhtar were reduced to ten men after Ivan Ordets recklessly pulled down Dzeko as he was bursting through on goal.

The Champions League round of 16 completes on Wednesday, and the draw for the quarterfinal round will take place on Friday, with no restrictions placed on which teams can be paired together.

"I'm proud of this team because I think we knocked out a very strong team". "Among the eight best sides in Europe and we push onto the next round".

15 - Manchester United haven't managed to score more than one goal in any of their last 15 Champions League encounters with Spanish opposition (seven goals in total).

Alessandro Florenzi came close to turning in an own goal at the 10-minute mark, one that would have been a crippling blow to Roma's comeback hopes.

A small scuffle between players broke out 10 minutes before full time after Facundo Ferreyra pushed a ballboy over the advertising boards when trying to retrieve the ball from him.

"Everyone deserves a standing ovation because we all gave absolutely everything tonight and we fully deserve to be in the quarter-finals", Dzeko was quoted as saying by Sky Sports Italia.

'Roma have had the satisfaction this year, despite some hard times, of getting into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League and we need to be proud of this.

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