AS Roma defeat Shakhtar Donetsk to enter UEFA Champions League QF

Lawrence Cooper
March 17, 2018

Roma won 1-0 to reach the quarterfinals on the away goals rule after a 2-2 aggregate score.

"My team played with focus tonight, perhaps without as much quality in the final third, but we knew that sooner or later they would make a mistake and we'd pounce on it", Di Francesco told Mediaset.

"We managed to do something that had been missing for 10 years", said Dzeko.

Despite being a man down, Shakhtar launched a late onslaught and had several unsafe raids down the left but the home team's defence held on until the final whistle.

"It is not for me, but for everyone, we are deservedly in the quarter-finals", said the Bosnian after his fourth Champions League goal, and 18th in total for the club this season.

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Secondly, it was when Facundo Ferreyra dispossessed fellow countryman Federico Fazio but failed to capitalise on his opportunity after going through on goal but was fended off well by Fazio as his sliding shot went wayward.

Despite killing the tie against Serie A giants AS Roma in the Round of 16 first leg, Paulo Fonseca's men were forced to bow out of UEFA Champions League on Wednesday by resilient Giallorossi at the Stadio Olimpico.

"If we face an opponent with this attitude and determination, we can go far". We scored that goal and then we did everything all together.

Roma advance into the last eight of the competition, but Shakhtar's journey is over having been dumped out on away goals in Italy.

Looking forward to Friday's draw, Dzeko said "all the teams are strong, we'll play our best, to our utmost force, with any of them". The last Italian club to win the title was Inter Milan under Jose Mourinho in 2010.

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