Shakhtar Donetsk Sets Out to Shock Roma With Champions League Ouster

Roma Shakhtar Donetsk

Shakhtar ran out 2-1 winners in Ukraine, coming from behind to win thanks to goals from Facundo Ferreyra and Fred.

Roma head coach Eusebio Di Francesco believes his team nearly played the game of their lives to see off 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 and reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Visiting keeper Andriy Pyatov was little troubled by a shot from Dzeko in the first minute and Shakhtar was generally better on the ball, though they could not translate that superiority into a goal.

Roma have never progressed from any of the four Champions League knockout ties in which they've lost the first leg, which bodes well for Shakhtar.

The Champions League round of 16 completes on Wednesday, and the draw for the quarterfinal round will take place on Friday, with no restrictions placed on which teams can be paired together.

Shakhtar's chances of producing a comeback were dealt a huge blow in the 79 minute when they were reduced to 10 men following the sending off of Ivan Ordets after straight red card. Substitute Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice after coming on in the second half, with Romelu Lukaku pulling a goal back for United.

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They survived a scare at the other end on 10 minutes, however, when Alessandro Florenzi diverted a free-kick just wide of his own goal with an attempted clearing header.

The home side came out with renewed objective in the second half and Dzeko delighted Roma fans when he broke the deadlock with a trademark clinical finish.

Moments later, a fracas broke out on the pitch after two Shakhtar players pushed a ballboy over the advertising boards for holding on to the ball in a chaotic finish to the match.

Dzeko then looked to turn provider with an exquisite through-ball for Gerson on 73 minutes, but the Brazilian failed to test Pyatov with a poor strike from inside the box.

The judicial Committee of UEFA announced the referees for the second leg of the 1/8 finals of the Champions League between Shakhtar and Roma.

He added: "Everyone deserves a standing ovation because we all gave absolutely everything, right up until the last minute".

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