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Roma 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk (agg 2-2)

Edin Dzeko now has 4 targets within the Champions League this season

Edin Dzeko’s strike ensured Roma reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the primary time since 2008 with victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.

The former Manchester City ahead latched on to Kevin Strootman’s by means of ball earlier than poking the ball between Andriy Pyatov’s legs for the one aim.

The Italians, who lost the first leg 2-1, went by means of on away targets.

Ukrainians Shakhtar had Ivan Ordets despatched off after he pulled Dzeko down by the shirt.

Shakhtar had been unfortunate to not get an away aim of their very own early on when Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi virtually headed an in-swinging free-kick into his personal web with a glancing clearance.

But Roma shortly began to search out their rhythm and Shakhtar goalkeeper Pyatov needed to react shortly to a low Aleksandar Kolorov cross, palming the ball away from the trail of the incoming Dzeko.

A mistake from Federico Fazio noticed Facundo Ferreyra go clear on aim, however the Argentine defender was in a position to get better in time to place his opponent off – his shot going nicely huge of Alisson Becker’s submit.

Just a minute later, Shakhtar broke from a Roma nook, with Florenzi compelled into a superbly timed clearing deal with on Ismaily inside the world.

Roma lastly broke the impasse after the break, with Bosnian Dzeko beating the offside lure to attain previous Pyatov.

He may have had a second simply after the hour mark when he curled in an effort from outdoors the world however it sailed inches huge of the highest left-hand nook.

Ordets was proven a crimson card for tugging on Dzeko’s shirt, earlier than a scuffle broke out on the pitch after two Shakhtar gamers pushed a ballboy over the promoting boards for holding on to the ball.

‘A single second’ – What they stated

Roma gamers have a good time Edin Dzeko’s second-half aim

Roma goalscorer Edin Dzeko: “The standing ovation just isn’t for me however for everybody – we’re deservedly within the quarter-finals.

“We managed to do one thing Roma hadn’t in 10 years, so going ahead to play towards the most effective makes us all very proud.

“We are among the eight best sides in Europe.”

Roma boss Eusebio di Francesco: “We knew that ultimately they might make a mistake and we would pounce on it.

“If we face any opponent with this angle and dedication, we will go far.”

Shakhtar Donetsk supervisor Paulo Fonseca: “Roma made essentially the most of a single second.

“Dzeko in fact was a key participant, however other than his aim they did not have an opportunity, we had possession.

“If we had completed off the possibilities we had within the first leg the match would have already got been over.”

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