Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Edin Dzeko strikes as Roma defeat Shakhtar, advance to UCL quarters

Edin Dzeko strikes as Roma defeat Shakhtar, advance to UCL quarters

"I am happy today and from tomorrow we can think about the draw, but for tonight we need to relish the moment".

The Bosnian striker's 52nd-minute goal proved enough after a 2-1 first-leg loss in Ukraine, with 10-man Shakhtar failing to find the late strike they needed after Ivan Ordets was sent off late on.

"We've won five of our last six in the league and we're into the last eight in Europe, so I am seeing growth in this team", the Roma coach said, as quoted on www.uefa.com.

That gave Roma confidence and it nearly doubled its lead 10 minutes later but Dzeko fired narrowly wide.

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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 Ukrainian giants, who led 2-1 from the first leg, began brightly as they enjoyed the lion's share of possession in the early stages and earned several corners in quick succession. "We managed to do something we'd been missing for over 10 years", he said.

Chances were at a premium in the opening 45 minutes despite plenty of attacking intent from both sides, with Facundo Ferreyra slicing wide the clearest opening after dispossessing Roma's Federico Fazio. I am not interested about the team we will face.

While his side were not able to produce a repeat, Shakhtar boss Paulo Fonseca refused to be down.

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- Roma have reached the quarter finals of the Champions League for the third time in the club's history and for the first time since 2007-08.

After Italy's shock failure to qualify for the World Cup, Roma's progress to the last eight along with Juventus is a boost for the country.

Vincenzo Montella's Sevilla are also through after beating Manchester United, and Chelsea's Antonio Conte could join him if the Londoners win at Barcelona Wednesday night.

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