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Home strengths boost Shakhtar for Roma return

Published: Friday 18 February 2011, 21.45CET
Unbeaten in 11 European home games and buoyed by an away victory, FC Shakhtar Donetsk will hope to overcome AS Roma and reach a first UEFA Champions League quarter-final.

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Published: Friday 18 February 2011, 21.45CET

Home strengths boost Shakhtar for Roma return

Unbeaten in 11 European home games and buoyed by an away victory, FC Shakhtar Donetsk will hope to overcome AS Roma and reach a first UEFA Champions League quarter-final.

FC Shakhtar Donetsk are enjoying a long unbeaten home run in Europe and will be relying on that form to carry them past AS Roma and into the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time.

• The Ukrainian side are further boosted by their 3-2 first-leg win in Italy, rallying from 1-0 down to take control of the tie thanks to first-half goals from Jadson, Douglas Costa and Luiz Adriano.

• Roma will have a new coach for the second leg after the club's former Italian international striker Vincenzo Montella took the reins following Claudio Ranieri's resignation on 21 February.

Previous meetings
• When the teams met in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League group stage, Shakhtar won 1-0 at home thanks to Ciprian Marica's 61st-minute goal. Roma were 4-0 victors in Italy, Rodrigo Taddei, Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi and David Pizarro all scoring in the final 24 minutes.

• The teams for game in Donetsk on 22 November 2006 were:
Shakhtar: Shust, Tymoshchuk, Kucher, Duljaj, Fernandinho (Gai 90), Brandão, Raţ, Chygrynskiy, Marica (Aghahowa 75), Srna, Jadson (Elano 81).
Roma: Doni, Panucci, Mancini (Vučinić 78), Cassetti, Mexès, De Rossi, Perrotta, Ferrari (Pizarro 69), Aquilani (Montella 78), Totti, Taddei.

• That 2006 victory halted Shakhtar's run of five successive home defeats against Italian opponents. They had not managed a goal in the four previous contests, conceding nine.

• Roma faced FC Dynamo Kyiv in the 2004/05 and 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage, losing home and away (2-0) in the first campaign before winning both games three years later, triumphing 4-1 in Ukraine.

Match background
• Mircea Lucescu's Shakhtar won all three home games (1-0 v FK Partizan, 2-1 v Arsenal FC, 2-0 v SC Braga) to finish top of Group H and reach the knockout rounds for the first time at the sixth attempt. It extended their unbeaten home run in European competition, including qualifiers, to 11 games, including eight wins.

• In their away games in Group E, Roma lost 2-0 at FC Bayern München before beating FC Basel 1893 3-2 and drawing 1-1 at CFR 1907 Cluj.

• The 1-0 win against Roma in 2006 is Lucescu's only success in his last seven home games against Italian teams, a sequence that includes five defeats and only one draw, 1-1 at home to Roma in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League second group stage when he was in charge of Galatasaray AŞ. In ten home ties Lucescu's record is W3 D2 L5.

• Shakhtar have gone through in all five of their previous ties in which they have won the first leg away from home, including the 1997/98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup first round when a 3-2 victory at Boavista FC was followed by a 1-1 draw in Ukraine.

• By contrast Roma have won only one of the four UEFA competition ties in which they lost the first leg at home, recovering from a 2-1 reverse against 1. FC Nürnberg in the 1988/89 UEFA Cup first round with a 3-1 victory in Germany. Most recently, the Giallorossi were beaten 2-0 at home by Manchester United FC in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, subsequently losing 1-0 in England.

• Ominously for the Italian side, only once in the UEFA Champions League era have a side overturned a first-leg home defeat; AFC Ajax lost 1-0 against Panathinaikos FC in the 1995/96 semi-finals only to win 3-0 in Greece.

• Shakhtar's sole shoot-out in UEFA competition was a 4-1 defeat by Club Brugge KV in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

• Roma have won only one of their four shoot-outs in UEFA competition, defeating IFK Norrköping in the 1982/83 UEFA Cup second round. They lost 4-2 to Liverpool FC in the 1984 European Champion Clubs' Cup final in their Stadio Olimpico home and bowed out at this stage of the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League to Arsenal FC, going down 7-6 on penalties. Mirko Vučinić was one of two Roma players to fail from the spot.

Team ties
• Lucescu, who had coaching spells in Serie A with AC Pisa 1909, Brescia Calcio, AC Reggiana 1919 and Inter, locked horns with Roma on nine occasions. His record was W3  D3  L3.

• Rãzvan Raţ and Bogdan Lobonţ played together at FC Rapid Bucureşti between 1997 and 2000 and are team-mates with Romania. Lobonţ became Rapid's first-choice goalkeeper after Lucescu took over as head coach in 1997 and was still at the club when Lucescu returned in 1999/2000.

• Eduardo was in the Arsenal team beaten 1-0 at Roma in March 2009 before that 7-6 penalty shoot-out success. His spot kick was saved by Doni, Arsenal's only unsuccessful attempt.

• Adriano scored FC Internazionale Milano's second goal in a 2-0 win at Shakhtar in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first leg in August 2005. He also played in the 1-1 home draw, David Pizarro appearing as a substitute in both legs.

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