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Shakhtar surge too much for Roma

Published: Wednesday 16 February 2011, 22.30CET
AS Roma 2-3 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
The Ukrainian side came from a goal down to take a firm grip on the tie and move within sight of a place in the quarter-finals for the first time.
by Richard Aikman
from Stadio Olimpico

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Match statistics

RomaShakhtar Donetsk

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target3
 
5
Attempts off target10
 
3
Corners11
 
5
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed17
 
22
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 16 February 2011, 22.30CET

Shakhtar surge too much for Roma

AS Roma 2-3 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
The Ukrainian side came from a goal down to take a firm grip on the tie and move within sight of a place in the quarter-finals for the first time.

FC Shakhtar Donetsk's first venture into the UEFA Champions League knockout stages is well set to continue to the quarter-finals after they overcome AS Roma in a vibrant game.

Mircea Lucescu's men rallied after falling behind to Răzvan Raţ's 28th-minute own goal, Jadson replying within 60 seconds and Douglas Costa and Luiz Adriano putting the visitors in command before the break. Although Jérémy Menez gave the hosts hope with a wonderful strike in the second period, the Ukrainian champions will host Claudio Ranieri's side in three weeks' time protecting a 3-2 lead.

Shakhtar looked fresh after their winter break and began brightly. Willian was particularly dangerous, racing down the left to supply a cross for Jadson, whose shot was blocked by John Arne Riise, and bursting through the midfield before being felled by the Norwegian full-back. The Brazilian's resultant free-kick was pushed unconvincingly over the bar by Doni.

Buoyed on by the Curva Sud the hosts came to life. Nicolás Burdisso spurned a gilt-edged opportunity to break the deadlock after losing Tomáš Hübschman, only to head Francesco Totti's corner wide from five metres. The Giallorossi were soon in front, though, Daniele De Rossi recovering a loose ball following another corner and sliding a pass to Rodrigo Taddei. Simone Perrotta rose at the far post to meet his cross with a firm header that Raţ could only help over the line.

No sooner had they fallen behind than Shakhtar drew level. Willian again found space to cross from the left after a give-and-go with Jadson and, despite Roma clearing, Jadson was on hand to fire in a low shot which deflected off De Rossi and left Doni helpless. The home rearguard suddenly looked vulnerable at every Shakhtar attack and Lucescu's charges took the lead on 36 minutes, Douglas Costa running from deep, cutting in from the right and curling an unstoppable shot past Doni.

Roma looked shell-shocked and uncertain as to how to cope with the flair and pace of the Pitmen's lightning counterattacks. Matters only worsened four minutes before half-time when Riise slipped in possession, enabling Douglas to race down the right and set up Luiz Adriano for his fourth UEFA Champions League goal.

The home side had it all to do but rallied after the break, Totti and Menez growing in influence as the match wore on. Indeed it was the Frenchman – suspended for the second leg, as is Marco Cassetti – who reduced the arrears in the 61st minute, shaking off Jadson's attentions before sending a delightful effort high past Andriy Pyatov from 20 metres.

Roma were now playing with more confidence but as they pushed forward laid themselves open to the counter-punch. Twice Doni denied Luiz Adriano with lunging tackles more in keeping with a full-back, while Henrik Mkhitaryan's drive fizzed just wide.

The introduction of Marco Borriello gave the home attack more impetus, the Italian international threatening with a header and shot in the last ten minutes. Paolo Castellini, Totti and De Rossi also forced Pyatov into late action but the Pitmen held on for a famous victory.

Last updated: 27/11/12 5.57CET

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Quotes

  • Claudio Ranieri

    Read more"We weren't lucky tonight but we won't give up because it could be the other way around in Ukraine"

  • Mircea Lucescu

    Read more"I knew the level of my players and I was completely confident they would give their all to achieve this result"

Lineups

roma

Roma

shakhtar donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk

32
DoniDoni (GK)
30
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
Yellow Card88
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
3
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
9
VučinićMirko Vučinić
Substitution68
8
JádsonJádson
Goal29
Substitution85
10
TottiFrancesco Totti (C)
9
Luiz AdrianoLuiz Adriano
Goal41
Yellow Card61
11
TaddeiRodrigo Taddei
10
WillianWillian
16
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
20
Douglas CostaDouglas Costa
Goal36
Substitution66
17
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
Substitution46
22
MkhitaryanHenrikh Mkhitaryan
Substitution78
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
Yellow Card77
26
RaţRăzvan Raţ
Goal28
29
N. BurdissoNicolás Burdisso
27
ChygrynskiyDmytro Chygrynskiy
Yellow Card34
77
CassettiMarco Cassetti
Yellow Card64
33
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)
94
MénezJérémy Ménez
Goal61
Yellow Card75
44
RakitskiyYaroslav Rakitskiy
Yellow Card85

Substitutes

1
LobonţBogdan Lobonţ (GK)
12
KhudzhamovRustam Khudzhamov (GK)
3
CastelliniPaolo Castellini
Substitution46
11
EduardoEduardo
Substitution66
4
JuanJuan
15
StepanenkoTaras Stepanenko
22
BorrielloMarco Borriello
Substitution68
29
Alex TeixeiraAlex Teixeira
Substitution85
23
GrecoLeandro Greco
32
IshchenkoMykola Ishchenko
30
Fábio SimplícioFábio Simplício
36
ChyzhovOlexandr Chyzhov
33
BrighiMatteo Brighi
90
VitsenetsVitaliy Vitsenets
Substitution78

Coach

Claudio Ranieri (ITA) Mircea Lucescu (ROU)

Referee

Olegário Benquerença (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), João Santos (POR)

Fourth official

João Capela (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Xistra (POR), Artur Dias (POR)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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