Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Roma 1: Fred stunner seals first-leg comeback

Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco

However, Alisson was finally beaten when Fred curled a free kick in off the underside of the crossbar, where the goalkeeper just couldn't reach, to turn the game around completely.

Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva is the player's agent, having taken over from Ronaldinho's brother.

The last time Roma lost a Champions League match after taking the lead was in 2011, also against Shakhtar Donetsk.

39-year-old teacher from Glasgow crossed a few times with the Ukrainian football.

Fred impressed in his two games against City this season, including the 2-1 win on home soil in the final Champions League group game in December.

Roma will have to turn this Champions League last-16 tie around at the Stadio Olimpico after Facundo Ferreyra's equaliser and Fred's stunning free-kick maintained Shakhtar's flawless home record in this season's competition.

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The Pitmen, playing only their second competitive game since a two-month winter break, were on the back foot in the first half and goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov made a double save from Edin Dzeko and Federico Fazio from one of several Roma corners.

Roma started to take control and took a deserved lead four minutes from halftime.

Shakhtar defender Serhiy Kryvstov was then taken off on a stretcher before the break with a badly sprained ankle and had to be replaced by Ivan Ordets. Dzeko put in a perfectly-weighted pass to Under, whose finish bounced off Pyatov and into the far side of the net.

The mistake allowed Ferreyra to claim the ball, dribble towards goal with just Kostas Manolas keeping guard, and slot under the onrushing Alisson.

It was nearly 3-1 to the hosts with the last kick of the game after another defensive error, but Bruno Peres lifted his foot to clear off the line from Ferreyra.

It was another impressive result for Shakhtar, which beat Manchester City and Napoli in Ukraine in the group stages of this season's competition.

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