Roma's Eusebio Di Francesco 'knew' Shakhtar would make decisive error

Roma Shakhtar Donetsk

Roma Shakhtar Donetsk

Cengiz Under's away goal looms large, but Facundo Ferreyra and Fred struck in the second half to tilt the balance to Shakhtar, which went on to rout its next two opponents in the league by a combined 8-0 score.

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 edge to victory in the second leg and reach the quarter-finals despite a dismal display in which Dzeko's victor was scarcely deserved.

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.

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.

Shakhtar shifted into a high press, creating openings for Roma on the counter and on one of those occasions, Ivan Ordets brought down Dzeko 20 yards from goal to earn a straight red card.

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

Shakhtar came close to extending their overall advantage in the 13th minute when Roma defender Alessandro Florenzi headed a floated free kick into the box inches wide of his own far post.

A composed 52nd-minute finish from Edin Džeko was enough to claim victory for Roma at home to Shakhtar Donetsk and send the Italian side through after the tie finished 2-2 on aggregate. "We managed to do something Roma hadn't in 10 years, so going forward to play against the best makes us all very proud".

1 - Starting with the 2011 final, Manchester United have only won one of their last eight Champions League knockout games (D3 L4).

"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. "We are among the eight strongest teams in Europe, it means we are strong too".

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