Superb Edin Dzeko goal sends Roma into Champions League quarter-finals

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By: Reuters | Rome |
Published: March 14, 2018 5:08 am


Edin Dzeko broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute following a tepid first half devoid of goal-mouth action. (Source: Reuters)

A determined AS Roma beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 on Tuesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2008 as a magnificent finish by Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko sent them through on away goals.

Roma celebrated only their second win in six meetings with the Ukrainian side and got revenge for a 6-2 aggregate defeat by Shakhtar at the same stage of the competition in 2011.

They endured a nervy finish, however, as Shakhtar ended the match on the front foot despite playing the final few minutes with 10 men after Ivan Ordets was sent off.

Having trailed 2-1 from the first leg, Roma looked bereft of ideas for much of the contest at the Stadio Olimpico…

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