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Third time lucky for Roma versus Manchester City?

Having lost twice to Manchester City FC in the group stage, AS Roma will be out for revenge when the teams meet in a high-stakes quarter-final on 17 March.

Roma's Christian D'Urso on the attack against Manchester City in the group stage
Roma's Christian D'Urso on the attack against Manchester City in the group stage ©AS Roma

When AS Roma and Manchester City FC triumphed on penalties last Tuesday against AFC Ajax and FC Schalke 04 respectively, they set up the third meeting of the teams in this season's UEFA Youth League. The Italian side will be hoping their 17 March quarter-final in Rome is a case of third time lucky, having lost twice to Patrick Vieira's charges in the group stage.

Past meetings
30 September
Manchester City 2-1 Roma

10 December
Roma 0-4 Manchester City

Match background
• City are one of two undefeated clubs left in the competition. The other, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, also won on spot kicks in the round of 16.

• Roma – coached by Alberto De Rossi, father of the Giallorossi's home-grown midfielder Daniele De Rossi – were also beaten once in the group stage by FC Bayern München. The Italian outfit lost more games than any other knockout phase participant.

• The English team were set to equal the competition record for successive wins, seven, set by FC Barcelona (2013/14 and 2014/15) and Chelsea FC (2013/14) until Schalke's Christian Sivodedov forced a shoot-out with a deflected strike in added time.

• City are bidding to go one step further than last term, when they succumbed 2-1 at home in the quarter-finals to eventual runners-up SL Benfica. Roma were not involved in the inaugural UEFA Youth League.

Roma goalkeeper Gabriele Marchegiani saved two penalties, one in regulation time, in the round of 16 against Ajax
Roma goalkeeper Gabriele Marchegiani saved two penalties, one in regulation time, in the round of 16 against Ajax©Getty Images
Francesco Di Mariano wheels away after putting Roma ahead in their matchday two encounter with Manchester City
Francesco Di Mariano wheels away after putting Roma ahead in their matchday two encounter with Manchester City©AS Roma
Manchester City celebrate a home goal against Roma – they were 4-0 winners in the reverse fixture in December
Manchester City celebrate a home goal against Roma – they were 4-0 winners in the reverse fixture in December©AS Roma