Superb Dzeko goal sends Roma into quarter-finals

Alessandro Florenzi has called on his team to repeat their Champions League home displays

Alessandro Florenzi has called on his team to repeat their Champions League home displays

Edin Dzeko's second-half strike proved enough to give Roma a 1-0 home win over 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk and book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on away goals.

Roma, though, got themselves in the driving seat on 52 minutes.

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.

It was nearly a nightmare start for Roma, though, when Alessandro Florenzi nodded a Shakhtar free-kick across the face of goal.

Roma's solitary glimpse of goal in the opening half came in the 28th minute when visiting keeper Andriy Pyatov palmed away a fizzing low cross by Aleksandar Kolarov to deny Dzeko a simple tap-in from close range.

The home side came out with renewed goal in the second half and Dzeko delighted Roma fans when he broke the deadlock with a trademark clinical finish.

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The Bosnian took a defence-splitting pass from midfielder Kevin Strootman into his stride and beat the offside trap before he steered the ball into the far corner with the outside of his foot past the advancing Pyatov.

Shakhtar, who controlled possession throughout the first half, went down a man in the 79th minute when Ivan Ordets was shown a straight red card for taking down Dzeko from behind just outside the penalty area.

Diego Perotti fired straight at Pyatov as Roma chased a second and Dzeko then nearly struck again with a wonderful curling shot that just faded wide, before Shakhtar redoubled their efforts.

Dzeko then whipped a curling shot just wide from 18 yards as Roma looked to kill off the tie.

Indeed, despite needing only a draw to themselves reach the last eight on Wednesday, this was no backs-to-the-wall job for Paulo Fonseca's Shakhtar as they sought to enjoy themselves at Stadio Olimpico.

As tempers flared, Ferreyra was cautioned.

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