Dzeko: Roma deserved great win for patience against Shakhtar

Ruben Hill
March 14, 2018

A second-half strike from Edin Dzeko sent Roma into the quarterfinals of the Champions League with a 1-0 home victory against 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk.

Cengiz Under's goal and a string of Alisson saves in a 2-1 away first-leg defeat had kept Roma in the tie, and Eusebio Di Francesco's men edged to victory in the return to reach the quarter-finals despite a dismal display in which Dzeko's victor was scarcely deserved.

Shakhtar, who controlled possession throughout the first half, went down a man in the 79th minute when Ivan Ordets was shown a straight red card for taking down Dzeko from behind just outside the penalty area.

"I'm proud of this team because I think we knocked out a very strong team".

"A fantastic result, a fantastic Roma: among the best eight sides in Europe", he posted.

The judicial Committee of UEFA announced the referees for the second leg of the 1/8 finals of the Champions League between Shakhtar and Roma.

The Ukrainians dominated early possession though, and there was a scare for the hosts when Alessandro Florenzi almost nodded a free-kick into his own net.

The Bosnian striker scored the only goal of the second leg to put the Serie A side through on away goals against Shakhtar.

"If we face an opponent with this attitude and determination, we can go far". - This is the first time Roma have progressed from a knockout tie in which they have lost the first leg; ending a run of five consecutive knockout tie defeats.

Roma held on, and after Italy's shock failure to qualify for the World Cup, their progress to the last eight along with Juventus is a boost for the country.

The quarter-final line-up for the Champions League will be completed this week, with Tuesday's ties both finely balanced.

Di Francesco added: "I spoke with Montella a few days ago and we said we'd meet in the final".

On Wednesday, it would be between Barcelona and Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Besiktas.

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