Sports Roma advances past Shakhtar on away goals

00:26  14 march  2018
00:26  14 march  2018 Source:   theScore

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The Serie A side scored the only goal of the match on 52 minutes when Dzeko beat the offside trap to latch onto a through ball and toe poke the ball past Andriy Pyatov in the Shakhtar net. Dzeko’s effort meant Roma were through to the quarter-finals on away goals having lost the first leg in Ukraine 2-1.

Roma 1 Shakhtar Donetsk 0 (2-2 agg): Dzeko edges Italians through on away goals .

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AS Roma is heading to the Champions League quarter-finals courtesy of a 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Italian capital, despite losing 2-1 to the Ukrainian outfit in the first leg of this matchup.

A 52nd-minute goal by Edin Dzeko levelled the aggregate score at 2-2, which, combined with Cengiz Under's crucial first-leg goal at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, proved enough to see the Italian outfit through on the away-goal rule.

A 79th-minute red card to Ivan Ordec all but scuppered any attempt at a comeback for Shakhtar, as Roma saw out the result with little fanfare before celebrating in front of a raucous home crowd.

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Roma win on away goals . 1st leg: Bayern win 5-0. BJK Beşiktaş. Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk: line-ups, Fantasy tips, form guide. Monday 12 March 2018 by Ben Gladwell in Rome. We want to advance and we won't do that by playing just one half of football.

Roma are down 2-1 on aggregate, but have that precious away goal in hand. On paper Shakhtar Donetsk should have been no match for Roma . Weaker league, cheaper lineup, less glamorous players and so on and so forth.

Roma's successful round of 16 exploits sees the club advance to the final eight of the tournament for the first time since the 2007-08 season, the year that the Italian outfit defeated Real Madrid 2-1 in both legs before losing to Manchester United in the next round. Coupled with Juventus' successes over Tottenham, this result also marks the first time two Italian teams have advanced to this stage in 11 seasons.

The 1-0 scoreline also sees Roma preserve its perfect goals-against record at the Stadio Olimpico in Champions League play this season, having previously recorded a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid, a 3-0 win over Chelsea, and a 1-0 win over Qarabag in the group stage of the competition.

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