HT: Roma comfortable with Braga

Roma extended their aggregate lead over Sporting Braga to 3-0 with Edin Dzeko, but Stephan El Shaarawy created the goal.

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The Giallorossi were in a comfortable position after winning the first leg 2-0 in Portugal, but missed Chris Smalling, Roger Ibanez and Davide Santon, so moved to four at the back, but Stephan El Shaarawy got his first start since returning to the club. Braga had Ricardo Esgaio suspended after his red card, with Andre Castro, Rui Fonte, Francisco Moura, David Carmo and Iuri Medeiros injured.

Roma opened the scoring with a huge contribution by El Shaarawy, as he ran onto the Bryan Cristante through ball, his curler from outside the box was fingertipped onto the inside of the far post and Edin Dzeko tapped in the rebound.

Lucas Piazon blasted not far over the bar, then Pau Lopez had to make the save on Sporar after El Shaarawy gave it away cheaply.

Pedro should’ve done better when blasting his finish against the crossbar on an El Shaarawy pull-back from the left.

Roma 1-0 Braga (Half-Time, 3-0 agg)

Dzeko 24 (R)

Roma: Pau Lopez; Karsdorp, Mancini, Cristante, Bruno Peres; Diawara, Villar, Veretout; El Shaarawy, Pedro; Dzeko

Braga: Tiago Sa; Ze Carlos, Vitor Tormena, Rolando, Nuno Sequeira; Piazon, Novais, Gaitain; Galeno, Sporar, Andre Horta

Ref: Ekberg (SWE)

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