Dzeko goal puts Roma into Champions League quarter-finals

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

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

Shakhtar were defending a 2-1 lead from the first leg in Kharkiv, where they had come from behind.

Roma did just enough to overturn their deficit against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League Round of 16 on Tuesday, Edin Dzeko scoring the lone goal in the 52nd minute to put Roma through via the away goals rule, 2-2 on aggregate.

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The Bosnian took a defence-splitting pass from 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.

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.

"I'm proud of this team because I think we knocked out a very strong team".

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Roma defender Alessandro Florenzi almost netted an own goal in the 11th minute, but he was lucky to witness his miscued clearance sail inches past the upright.

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

"In terms of organisation, I think we are doing much better and we worked on a few set-play routines too".

In the 29th minute, Taison nearly gave the Ukrainian side the lead with a well struck shot from 25-yards but it could not dip in time to beat Roma goalkeeper Alisson.

A small scuffle between players broke out 10 minutes before full time after Facundo Ferreyra pushed a ballboy over the advertising boards when trying to retrieve the ball from him.

'Roma have had the satisfaction this year, despite some hard times, of getting into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League and we need to be proud of this.

He added: "Everyone deserves a standing ovation because we all gave absolutely everything, right up until the last minute".

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