HT: Roma struggle with Shakhtar

Roma have made precious little impact on Shakhtar Donetsk in the first half and need a victory to stay in the Champions League.

 

 

The Giallorossi had taken the lead in Ukraine through Cengiz Under before losing the first leg 2-1, so a victory was necessary – with an eye on away goals – to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. Gregoire Defrel was injured, while the visitors missed Maksym Malyschev and Serhiy Kryvstov.

 

These sides had met five times before and Shakhtar won four of them, losing only 4-0 here in 2006. Paulo Fonseca’s side finished ahead of Napoli in their Champions League group this season, but had lost five of their last six away games in the competition.

 

Roma hadn’t conceded in their three home ties this term, but risked an own goal when Alessandro Florenzi nodded a free kick just wide of the far post.

 

Although the Giallorossi needed the win, it was Shakhtar who kept possession in the early stages and earned a series of corners. The first chance for the hosts came on 25 minutes, as Aleksandar Kolarov pulled back from the by-line and Andriy Pyatov palmed it off the feet of Edin Dzeko.

 

Taison blasted over from 20 metres, Kolarov over-hit the cross past Cengiz Under and Facundo Ferreyra was unable to make the most of a Federico Fazio error. 

 

Shakhtar’s danger on the counter became clear when Radja Nainggolan’s effort from a corner was charged down and the Ukrainians surged up the other end, but Florenzi made a clean tackle on Taison.

 

Diego Perotti fired wide and Fazio needed a fine challenge to stop Ferreyra going clear. 

 

Roma 0-0 Shakhtar (Half-Time, 1-2 agg)

 

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

 

Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov; Butko, Ordets, Rakitsky, Ismaily; Fred, Stepanenko; Marlos, Taison, Bernard; Facundo Ferreyra

 

Ref: Mallenco (ESP)

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