Roma advance to quarters at the expense of Shakhtar on away goals

Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk betting preview

Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk betting preview

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.

Ukrainian side Shakhtar saw their 2-1 first-leg lead cancelled out by Edin Dzeko's strike as Roma reached the last eight for the first time in 10 years via the away goal rule.

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.

Edin Dzeko credited his Roma team-mates for a "patient" performance as they dumped Shakhtar Donetsk out of the Champions League.

Dzeko then curled a shot from the edge of the penalty area inches wide in the 62nd minute before the Shakhtar centre-back Ivan Ordets was shown a straight red card in the 79th for hauling down the Bosnian when he was through on goal.

Eusebio Di Francesco's side are the second Italian team to advance to the quarter-finals after Juventus, with the draw for the last eight taking place on Friday.

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Here we look at some of the best Opta numbers ahead of the two matches.

The two teams went into the interval level, with the visitors looking the more unsafe of the two in the opening stages.

"I didn't want to leave, because all season we play for nights like this", he said.

15 - Manchester United haven't managed to score more than one goal in any of their last 15 Champions League encounters with Spanish opposition (seven goals in total).

Roma hadn't conceded in its three Champions League matches at the Stadio Olimpico this season but almost netted an own goal when Alessandro Florenzi tried to head clear a free kick but sent the ball flashing across the face of goal.

"The standing ovation is not for me but for everyone, we are deservedly in the quarter-finals", said Dzeko of the applause which accompanied him off the pitch.

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