Dzeko hails 'patient' Roma after narrow last-16 win

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Roma will be returning to the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time since 2008, and Di Francesco said that no matter the result of the draw, "I want to keep on dreaming with this team".

Following a 2-1 loss to the Ukrainian side in the first leg, Dzeko's strike pushed Roma through on away goals, with Juventus having also booked a place in the quarter-finals thanks to a win over Tottenham in the last-16.

Mallenco twice worked for the matches of Shakhtar in the Champions League in the 2014-2015 season, "miners" in the 1/8 finals of painted draw with Bayern (0:0), and in the autumn of past year thanks to the double beat Bernard "Feyenoord" (2:1).

Kevin Strootman hooked a hopeful pass forward to set his team-mate away, Dzeko in the clear and reaching the ball ahead of Pyatov to prod a finish through the goalkeeper's legs.

Shakhtar's chances of producing a comeback were dealt a huge blow in the 79 minute when they were reduced to 10 men following the sending off of Ivan Ordets after straight red card.

"The standing ovation has to be for everyone, as we all did our job until the last minute and are deservedly in the quarter-finals", the striker told Mediaset Premium.

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"If we face an opponent with this attitude and determination, we can go far". "All the other teams are strong but we are strong too".

Roma's first chance of the game came on 25 minutes as Aleksandar Kolarov played a low ball from the byline into the path of Edin Dzeko, but Andriy Pyatov saved at the Bosnian's feet.

The home side came out with renewed goal in the second half and Dzeko delighted their vocal fans when he broke the deadlock with a trademark clinical finish.

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Despite being a man down, Shakhtar launched a late onslaught and had several unsafe raids down the left flank but the home team's defence held on until the final whistle. "Among the eight best sides in Europe and we push onto the next round".

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