AS Roma 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk: 5 Talking Points
One goal proves enough as Roma secure qualification to next round
AS Roma beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 at home in the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16. The win guaranteed Roma's progress to the quarter-finals, with the Italians going through on away goals after the tie ended 2-2 on aggregate.
It was an even first period of the game, in spite of both teams combining for only one shot on goal.
Both Roma and Shakhtar had good half chances but failed to convert on any of them as they went in level at the break.
The second half started on an ideal note for the home side, as they took the lead when Edin Dzeko converted his chance after being put through one on one with the goalkeeper.
The rest of the game did not have much action as the Ukranian side failed to make their possession stats count as they lacked any real threat going forward having a total of just five shots.
Here are the talking points from the game:
#5 Evenly matched first half
It was an evenly contested first 45 minutes despite Shakhtar Donetsk having the higher percentage of possession.
Both the teams created similar amount of chances going forward in spite of only one shot being on target.
However, Shakhtar showed more creativity in the attacking third, completing six successful take ons with a passing accuracy of 87%. They came close twice to taking the lead, firstly, when AS Roma avoided putting the ball in their own from a resulting corner.
Secondly, it was when Facundo Ferreyra dispossessed fellow countryman Federico Fazio but failed to capitalise on his opportunity after going through on goal but was fended off well by Fazio as his sliding shot went wayward.
For the home team, the best moment of the first half was when Cengiz Under was put through one on one but his extra stride resulted in him being flagged offside.