AS Roma defeat Shakhtar Donetsk to enter UEFA Champions League QF

Roma forward Edin Dzeko right will be back in the side for their Tuesday night game. Ciro Fusco  AP

The Serie A giants did not look comfortable for large periods of the first half and made several errors, though Facundo Ferreyra was unable to make the most of a Federico Fazio error.

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.

It was an evenly contested first 45 minutes despite Shakhtar Donetsk having the higher percentage of possession.

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.

Kolarov then crucially swept the ball away from Ferreyra's toe inside the Roma box as the sides went in level at the break. The former Manchester City striker Dzeko made a ideal run when he was released by Roma's Kevin Strootman to ease past the Shakhtar stopper Andriy Pyatov.

Despite Shakhtar's vigorous attempts to regain their lead, the game ended 1-0 and Roma went through to the next stage and the Ukrainian club exited the competition at the last-16 stage.

The visitors' hopes of snatching the equaliser they needed to progress were hampered when Ivan Ordets was sent off for a 79th-minute professional foul on Džeko.

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"We made a few too many mistakes in the first leg and they made the majority".

Roma progress in Europe after first-leg away defeat for first time since 2003/04.

Roma must wait a few days to find out who they will face in the quarter-finals, with the draw set to take place on Friday.

The Portuguese added: "We had a fantastic (Champions League) campaign as we won all four home games".

"It wasn't for me but for all the lads", said Dzeko It was Dzeko's first goal in a knockout phase of the Champions League.

Roma's goal came from Edin Dzeko.

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