Dzeko strikes as Roma advance in UCL

Dzeko strikes as Roma advance in UCL

Mallenco twice worked for the matches of Shakhtar in the Champions League in the 2014-2015 season, "miners" in the 1/8 finals of painted draw with Bayern (0:0), and in the autumn of a year ago thanks to the double beat Bernard "Feyenoord" (2:1).

On Tuesday, Roma will welcome Shakhtar Donetsk while Manchester United will file out against Sevilla.

Roma celebrated only their second win in six meetings with the Ukrainian side and got revenge for a 6-2 aggregate defeat by them at the same stage of the competition in 2011, although they endured a nervy finish.

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

Kevin Strootman sent Dzeko through as Shakhtar tried without success to play the offside trap, and the Bosnian forward prodded a shot through the legs of goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov and into the net for his fourth goal in the Champions League this season.

The former Manchester City striker, who has been linked with a move back to the Premier League, but said after the match that he did not want to leave Roma, was given a rousing send-off by the home fans when he was substituted in the dying minutes.

The Spanish outfit progressed to the quarter-finals for the first time in their history, with goals from substitute Wissam Ben Yedder in the 74th and 78th minutes.

Alessandro Florenzi flicked a risky backwards header just wide of his own goal and a nervous home crowd witnessed the visitors maintaining a level of control throughout the first half, Pyatov intercepting when Aleksandar Kolarov led a rare Roma foray.

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.

Paulo Fonseca's charges were left reeling and could not conjure up a response, suffering a further blow on 79 minutes when Ivan Ordets was shown a red card for tugging on Dzeko's shirt.

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

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