Shakhtar Donetsk eliminated from tournament

Roma Shakhtar Donetsk

The Ukraine outfit had a slight advantage heading into the clash after defeating the Serie A out 2-1 in the first leg.

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.

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

Shakhtar's chances of producing a comeback were dealt a huge blow in the 79 minute when they were reduced to 10 men following the sending off of Ivan Ordets after straight red card.

Roma opened the scoring seven minutes into the second half when Kevin Strootman played Dzeko through on goal with a defence-splitting pass and he made no mistake with just the keeper to beat, 1-0.

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. "Everyone gave their all and we are deservedly in the quarterfinals", Dzeko said. "All the other teams are strong but we are strong too".

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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.

Roma forced Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov into action in the 24th minute, with Diego Perotti and and Aleksandar Kolarov combining down the left before the latter fired in a cross to the near post.

But Roma came back from the break with renewed intensity and Dzeko scored in the 51st minute to bring the sides level at 2-2.

Despite being a man down, Shakhtar launched a late onslaught and had several risky raids down the left but the home team's defence held on until the final whistle.

But it wasn't plain sailing for the Italian side, with Paulo Fonseca's side looking the better of the two clubs in the first half.

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