Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Dzeko: Roma deserved great win for patience against Shakhtar

Dzeko: Roma deserved great win for patience against Shakhtar

Roma's first chance of the game came on 25 minutes as Aleksandar Kolarov played a low ball from the byline into the path of Edin Dzeko, but Andriy Pyatov saved at the Bosnian's feet. The Bosnian striker was then denied by the offside flag minutes later before Shakhtar had barely touched the ball.

Kevin Strootman sent an imposing ball through to the ex-Man City star, who then effortlessly knocked the strike past the keeper.

A mistake from Federico Fazio saw Facundo Ferreyra go clear on goal, but the Argentine defender was able to recover in time to put his opponent off - his shot going well wide of Alisson Becker's post.

Mallenco twice worked for the matches of Shakhtar in the Champions League in the 2014-2015 season, "miners" in the 1/8 finals of painted draw with Bayern (0:0), and in the autumn of a year ago thanks to the double beat Bernard "Feyenoord" (2:1).

Diego Perotti fired straight at Pyatov as Roma chased a second and Dzeko then nearly struck again with a wonderful curling shot that just faded wide, before Shakhtar redoubled their efforts.

Shakhtar were reduced to ten men after Ivan Ordets recklessly pulled down Dzeko as he was bursting through on goal.

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With just 10 minutes remaining a ball boy on the side of the pitch held onto the ball a little too long for the 26-year-old's liking.

- 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 will be returning to the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time since 2008, and Di Francesco said that no matter the result of the draw, "I want to keep on dreaming with this team".

"I cannot judge [Roma] on one game, but I can say they made the most of their only opportunity", Fonseca said.

Radja Nainggolan confessed the Champions League quarter-finals with Roma was "a dream" and explained their approach to Shakhtar Donetsk.

- Edin Dzeko has had a hand in 55 per cent of Roma's 11 goals in the Champions League this season (4 goals, 2 assists).

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