Dzeko strikes as Roma advance in UCL

  • Dzeko strikes as Roma advance in UCL

Dzeko strikes as Roma advance in UCL

Despite being a man down Shakhtar pushed forward in search of the goal that would send them into the quarterfinals of the competition but they were unable to do so, losing 1-0 on the night and exiting the Champions League on the away goals after a 2-2 aggregate scoreline.

Cengiz Under's strike and a string of Alisson saves had kept Roma in the tie in the 2-1 away first-leg defeat, allowing Eusebio Di Francesco's men to edged to victory in the second leg and reach the quarter-finals despite a dismal display in which Dzeko's victor was scarcely deserved.

Shakhtar boss Paulo Fonseca saw the game a different way, as the Ukrainian side controlled 63 percent of possession, though they failed to put a shot on target while trying to hold onto their 2-1 first-leg advantage, and Ivan Ordets' 79th-minute dismissal made the task more challenging.

The Italians, who lost the first leg 2-1, went through on away goals, BBC reports.

Cengiz Under, who opened the scoring in the reverse fixture, starts up front again alongside former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti.

"We were patient. We knew that one goal could see us reach the quarter-finals". "If we face any opponent with this attitude and determination, then we can go far".

Shakhtar were unlucky not to get an away goal of their own early on when Roma's Alessandro Florenzi nearly headed an in-swinging free-kick into his own net with a glancing clearance.

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

Roma finally broke the deadlock after the break, with Bosnian Dzeko beating the offside trap to score past Pyatov.

Despite being a man down, Shakhtar launched a late onslaught and had several unsafe raids down the left flank but the home team's defence held on until the final whistle.

"A fantastic result, a fantastic Roma", he said on the club's official twitter account.

"We are among the eight best sides in Europe, so that means we're strong too".