Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 AS Roma: Five Talking Points
All the major issues shaped up from the first leg of Shaktar's 2-1 comeback win over Roma.
Shakhtar fought back from a goal down to beat AS Roma 2-1 at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv to take a slender advantage to Rome next month for the second leg.
In what was a frantic start to the game, Turkish forward Cengiz Under put the visitors ahead before the break, but Facundo Ferreyra restored parity when he pounced on some slack defending by the Romans.
Shakhtar continued to grow in the match and Fred then wielded the hammer with a stunning free-kick from the edge of the box that first hit the underside of the bar before nestling into the net.
The Giallorossi huffed and puffed to find the equaliser, but the Miners held on to claim a famous victory and draw the first blood in their last-16 tie. Let's delve into the major talking points.
#1 More reasons to cheer for the war-torn Donetsk
Right from March 2014, the city of Donetsk has been ravaged by an ugly war with the Russians in what is termed as the 'War of Donbass', forcing its premier football club Shakhtar to play their home games in Lviv before moving to Kharkiv in early 2017, a few miles away from Donetsk.
And whilst their league run this season has been considerable, it's their home form in Europe that's truly been a breather for its beleaguered fans.
Manchester City and Napoli both have been to the Metalist but were forced to leave with a defeat earlier in the group stages. AS Roma were up next, and they too, fell to the spirited Miners in what is turning out to be a fortress.
Shakhtar caused ripples when it qualified for the knock-out rounds ahead of the blistering Napoli side, but the latest win comes as a timely reason for the Donetsk fans to cheer while the war at the other end rages on.