Roma 1-0 (Agg; 2-2) Shakhtar Donetsk: Edin Dzeko sends Euseb

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Roma 1-0 (Agg; 2-2) Shakhtar Donetsk: Edin Dzeko sends Euseb

Postby chanoudom » Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:11 am

Roma 1-0 (Agg; 2-2) Shakhtar Donetsk: Edin Dzeko sends Eusebio Di Francesco's side into last eight


sbobet thai Edin Dzeko's second-half strike saw Roma beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals after the last-16 tie ended 2-2 on aggregate.

The striker raced through on goal to poke the ball past the advancing Andriy Pyatov seven minutes into the second half.

Shakhtar's hopes were then all but ended when defender Ivan Ordets was shown a straight red card for pulling down Dzeko after 79 minutes, with the hosts holding on for a first appearance in the last eight since 2008, and just a third in the modern era of the competition.

Roma knew a 1-0 win on the night would send them through to the last eight on away goals, and Dzeko almost gave the hosts a dream start with a first-minute goal.

However, the 31-year-old was unable to beat experienced Shakhtar goalkeeper Pyatov with a low drive from the edge of the area.

Thereafter, though, the visitors grew into the contest and almost took a 10th-minute lead when Alessandro Florenzi got his head on to Taison's whipped free-kick from the left-hand touchline, only for the Italian's clearance to sail inches past the far post.

However, with the scoreline still goalless at the break, the home team knew they had to up the pace in the second period, and that is exactly what Eusebio Di Francesco's side did. sbobet thai

The Serie A team made the decisive breakthrough after 52 minutes when Kevin Strootman's clever ball over the top caught the Shakhtar defence napping, allowing Dzeko a clear run on goal.

Team news
Roma were unchanged from the first leg, with both Gregoire Defrel and Rick Karsdorp still sidelined with injury.
Meanwhile, Shakhtar defender Sergiy Kryvtsov missed out, with Ivan Ordets replacing him.

As Pyatov raced off his line to narrow the angle, the in-form Bosnia international kept his calm to slide the ball under the 'keeper for his fourth goal in eight matches in this season's competition.

Roma's nerves were eased slightly by the late sending-off of last man Ordets, who denied Dzeko another opening when hauling the player down on the edge of the box.

In fact, the subsequent melee involving virtually every outfield player was about as much excitement seen in the closing stages as Roma gained revenge for losing to the Ukrainians at the same stage 10 years ago. sbobet thai
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