Edin Dzeko fires for Roma as they advance to the Champions League quarter-finals in what will be Roma’s 4th appearance at this stage. A typical Roma performance, a tale of two halves that had such an importantance on the result of this cup tie. Roma finally get revenge on Shakhtar Donetsk who knocked Roma out of the 2011 Champions League round of 16 via a very competitive and even Cup tie as it turned out to be. Roma’s Turkish youngster Under scored a very important away goal in the first leg in Kiev which has proven to be decisive as Roma win on away goals to knock out the Ukrainian champions.
We here churn out some talking points from this UEFA Champions League encounter :
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○Roma make champions league Quarterfinals for the first time in 10 years:
It had been 10 years since Roma’s last trip to the quarterfinals. A decade of European disappointments before this night where Roma defied the odds once again to turn around the deficit to advance to the fourth quarter finals in the club history. Edin Dzeko’s strike gave fans something they have been waiting for a long time. Roma have then defying the odds during this entire campaign in Europe. When Roma were drawn into group C with Atletico Madrid and Chelsea most people counted them out. Chelsea were reigning Premier League champions and Atletico Madrid is the team that always thrives in Europe. A Roma team that had just lost Mohamed Salah Antonio Rudiger and Leonardo Parades in the transfer market, it was considered seemingly impossible by the critics to make the cut to the knockouts. Despite that they got a thrilling 3-3 draw and a 3-0 win against Chelsea. They finished top of the group without conceding a goal at home. Regardless who Roma are drawn with in the quarterfinals they will be underestimated much like they have been throughout this competition but that’s the way Roma is liking as it seems and they would be ready to fight whoever comes in their way.
○The Stadio Olimpico is a Fortress in the Champions League for the Giallorossi :
The Stadio Olimpico has not been The Fortress or a place to be feared in the League this season in fact all six losses in Serie A this season have come at home. However with that being said in the Champions League it has just been a different story. They have arguably the best home form in the Champions League. At home Roma have not lost single game and in addition to that they have not conceded a single goal at the Italian capital. Obviously the competition will get harder as they progress but Roma’s home form has been exceptional. In the league it may not be a place to be feared but in the Champions League it certainly is no team going to look forward to a trip to Rome. The home support they have received makes it a very difficult place to play especially in Europe.
○Shakhtar’s mistakes costs them everything:
Shakhtar Donetsk came into the second leg with a 2-1 lead basically just needing a clean sheet or another goal to put it to bed. In the first leg the Ukrainian champions were aggressive, explosive and ruthless in their attack. But at Rome it just wasn’t the case in fact it was the absolute opposite. Shakhtar’s shooting display was just pathetic as no shot was on target and Allison didn’t have to make a single save. Besides that they lacked the cutting edge to advance and thoroughly deserved to go out. Roma manager Di Francesco admitted that he knew a mistake would come and he was right for thinking that. Shakhtar’s finishing in front of goal was atrocious and made a few mistakes and when the mistake came at the oppo
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site end, Dzeko made them pay for it. Their mistakes costed them everything.
○Cengiz Under’s Goal in the Ukraine made all the difference:
Cengiz Under scored a very important goal during the first leg in Ukraine. That goal ended up defining this match that very away allowed Roma to need only a 1-0 win to advance. So when Dzeko came through with the second-half goal at Rome it was vitally important given Roma got the important away goal. Since 2018 started, Under has scored six goals and his first Champions League goal made all the difference as without that goal Roma would have probably not been in this position.
○Eusebio Di Francesco :
Di Francesco has had a lot asked of him this season. He has had the pressure of the Roma job on him throughout season. Despite the fact he has been given the rebuilding job with the losses of Muhammad Salah and Antonio Rudiger, pressure of winning is obvious at the hotseat of two time Scudetto champions. Inspite of that the former Atalanta manager has proven that he’s an upgrade from Luciano Spalletti. He won his Champions League group featuring two European Giants despite being underestimated throughout the entire round. Roma’s Serie A campaign has not gone particularly well this season but they hung on for a little bit. However Roma finds themselves in third above Spalletti’s Inter Milan. Di Francesco’s Roma currently has a three point lead on a noisy neighbors Lazio and a four-point lead on Inter Milan for that third spot. The third spot is very important because it is automatic entrance to the Champions League once again. There had been low moments in rough patches but this season Roma have beaten Lazio, Chelsea, AC Milan, Napoli as well as earning a draw against a very good Athleticio Madrid team. And that’s just to name a few of the big results he has with this team in his first season. He has just guided them to the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in a decade which speaks volumes of the managers’s potential. It took Luciano Spalletti three seasons to achieve that just to put it in perspective. He is without a doubt the right man for this job and the results in UCL round of 16 have even more ensured what he is capable of doing with this football club.