AS Roma have positioned themselves in front of the quarterfinals of the Champions League. I Giallorossi lost on displacement with 2-1 of Shakhtar Donetsk, but won Wednesday with 1-0 and thus converted further on the basis of the goal. For Roma, it is the first time since 2007/08 that they have reached the last eight in the billions ball.
Roma knew that the defeat in Ukraine had to be scored and met that duty, because Edin Dzeko made it 1-0 after 52 minutes. The Bosnian pricked the ball after a marvellous pass by Kevin Strootman under the coming Andriy Pyatov and made his first goal in the knockout phase of the Champions League. At the start of the match it didn’t look like Roma would make the first goal, because they were pushed backwards by the combining Shakhtar and after ten minutes it became almost 0-1.
Kevin Strootman gives his business card in the eighth finals of the Champions League? With DEZE nice pass….
Alessandro Florenzi headed the ball after a free kick from Bernard almost behind his own goalkeeper. After this, Dzeko and Facundo Ferreyra, among others, made a threat, but hundreds of percentage points were left out in the first half of the year in the Stadio Olimpico. It was striking that Strootman lost the most duels of all players on the pitch: six of them. Orange’s international repackaged itself in the second company by putting Dzeko in front of the goalkeeper with a fine ball and thus introducing the opening hit.
The goal was the fire that caused the match to flare up. Shakhtar increased the tempo and didn’t just play the ball for the possession of the ball anymore, but great chances weren’t created. Eleven minutes before time the guests also had to continue with ten men because Ivan Ordets brought down the broken Dzeko and got red. Shakhtar escaped from a second red card when Ferreyra pushed a ball boy and eventually failed to produce the equalizer.
Had Shakhtar Donetsk had earned more?