HT: Under strikes in Ukraine!

Cengiz Under has given Roma the half-time lead in Ukraine by scoring on his Champions League debut against Shakhtar Donetsk.

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This was the first leg in the Round of 16 and took place in Kharkiv, as the stadium in Donetsk was damaged by the civil war. Shakhtar had knocked Napoli out of the Champions League, while the Giallorossi topped their group ahead of Chelsea and Atletico Madrid. Darijo Srna was suspended after failing a doping test and Maksum Malyshev was injured, while Alessandro Florenzi started despite a flu bug and on-form Cengiz Under received his Champions League debut.

Both sides had early chances, as Aleksandar Kolarov did enough to stop a Fred tap-in, then on a corner Edin Dzeko was denied from close range by Andriy Pyatov.

Marlos cut inside Kolarov and his cross-shot went through Alisson’s legs, but the goalkeeper caught it with a trailing hand.

The Kostas Manolas free header from a corner was wide, but even worse was Dzeko passing it to Pyatov at the end of a well-worked move between Under and Diego Perotti.

Perotti cut inside past two only for Dzeko’s weak finish to be charged down, then Rakitskiy made an acrobatic mid-air interception to stop Under sending Radja Nainggolan clear.

Dzeko was decisive in the end with a perfect assist, his slide-rule pass sending Cengiz Under clear down the right and the finish bounced off desperate Pyatov into the empty net. It was his fifth goal in four competitive games and a perfect way to mark his first ever Champions League appearance.

There was another serious blow for Shakhtar before the break, as defender Serhiy Kryvstov landed very badly on his ankle, spraining it visibly, and had to be stretchered off.

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-1 Roma (Half-Time)

Cengiz Under 41 (R)

Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov; Butko, Kryvtsov (Ordets 45), Rakitskiy, Ismaily; Fred, Stepanenko; Marlos, Taison, Bernard; Ferreyra

Roma: Alisson; Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov; De Rossi, Strootman; Cengiz Under, Nainggolan, Perotti; Dzeko

Ref: Collum (SCO)

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