CL: Roma push past Shakhtar


Roma are thru to the Champions League quarter-finals after Edin Dzeko defeated 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk 1-zero, qualifying on away needs.


The Giallorossi had taken the lead in Ukraine thru Cengiz Under sooner than losing the first leg 2-1, so a victory was once wanted – with an look on away needs – to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. Gregoire Defrel was once injured, while the company overlooked Maksym Malyschev and Serhiy Kryvstov.


These aspects had met 5 cases sooner than and Shakhtar won four of them, losing only four-zero right here in 2006. Paulo Fonseca’s facet achieved ahead of Napoli of their Champions League community this season, but had misplaced 5 of their final six away games within the competition.


Roma hadn’t conceded of their three dwelling ties this term, but risked an hold goal when Alessandro Florenzi nodded a free kick moral broad of the a ways post.


Even supposing the Giallorossi wanted the bewitch, it was once Shakhtar who saved possession within the early phases and earned a sequence of corners. The foremost chance for the hosts came on 25 minutes, as Aleksandar Kolarov pulled encourage from the by-line and Andriy Pyatov palmed it off the feet of Edin Dzeko.


Taison blasted over from 20 metres, Kolarov over-hit the atrocious past Cengiz Under and Facundo Ferreyra was once unable to develop basically the most of a Federico Fazio error. 


Shakhtar’s menace on the counter became sure when Radja Nainggolan’s effort from a nook was once charged down and the Ukrainians surged up the opposite discontinue, but Florenzi made a neatly-organized deal with on Taison.


Diego Perotti fired broad and Fazio wanted a swish self-discipline to quit Ferreyra going sure. 


The impasse was once at final broken on fifty two minutes, as Dzeko sprung the offside trap on a Kevin Strootman thru ball, Pyatov completely mistimed his bustle off the motorway and the Bosnian prodded his produce to roll slowly into an empty salvage. As things stood, Roma would qualify on away needs, 2-2 on combination. That was once also the first goal Dzeko has ever scored within the Champions League knockout phases.


Nainggolan spot up a lawful chance for Dzeko’s second, the Bosnian swinging the boot to bound moral broad of the a ways post. He also ran on to a Perotti dawdle-rule bound, but Ivan Ordets did barely ample to slim the perspective.


Ordets was once caught out by Dzeko, though, a clumsy deal with pulling encourage the striker as he was once going sure on goal and got a straight crimson card. Moments later, Shakhtar misplaced the place of abode, shoving a ball boy over the advertising and marketing boards, sparking a brawl with angry Roma gamers.


Kolarov and Alan Patrick fired free kicks into the wall, but one blueprint or the opposite Alisson didn’t have confidence a save to develop on the Olimpico and saved his fourth consecutive Champions League dwelling neatly-organized sheet.


Roma 1-zero Shakhtar (2-2 agg)


Dzeko fifty two (R)


Roma: Alisson; Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov; Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman; Under (Gerson sixty 5), Dzeko (El Shaarawy 89), Perotti


Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov; Butko, Ordets, Rakitsky, Ismaily; Fred, Stepanenko (Patrick seventy three); Marlos (Dentinho eighty two), Taison, Bernard; Facundo Ferreyra


Ref: Mallenco (ESP)


Sent off: Ordets 79 (S)

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