Preview - Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma 22 Feb 2018

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Round of 16
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma
Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
03:45 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Metalist Oblast Sports Complex

Shakhtar Donetsk:
Last five matches: W L W W L
Average goals per match: 1.5
Average goals against per match: 1.5
Top Scorer: Bernard (3)
Last five matches: W L W D W
Average goals per match: 1.5
Average goals against per match: 1.0
Top Scorer: Edin Dzeko (3)

Shakhtar Donetsk pulled of a surprise by qualifying to the Round of 16 this year. After being drawn with Manchester City and Napoli, they were written of as the third best side in the group. However, the Ukrainian champions saw off the Italians and even defeated City in the process of qualifying to the knock out stages. Shakhtar have enough quality in midfield and forward that they will go at Roma. Visiting teams always have a tough time playing in the cold in Ukraine and the home side take advantage of that.

It will be another Italian side making the trip to the Ukraine this time. Roma topped the "group of death", fending off the likes of Chelsea and Atletico Madrid. The Italians are good on the attack, but a bit slack at the back; this has been exploited when they have been away from Rome in the Champions League this season--Roma conceded at least one goal in each of their away matches in the group stage and have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 25 away European matches. Furthermore, they have only managed to win one out of their last ten matches on foreign soil in the Champions League.

Shakhtar Donetsk obtained maximum points at home during the group stages. However, one stat that bodes in Roma's favor is the fact that Shakhtar conceded at least once per match at the OSC Metalist. As long as Roma keep the game close and get an away goal they will be in good shape.

Prediction: Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 Roma


Half Time: 0:1
Full Time: 2:1
Shots: 11:11
Shots on target: 8:9
Corner Kicks: 8:9
Possession: 52:48

Shakhtar Donetsk had to come back in the second half to defeat Roma 2-1 at home.

The two sides put on a highly entertaining match at the OSC Metalist. The Ukranians enjoyed most of the possession from the start but they never really tested Roma goalkeeper Alisson in the first half. On the other hand, their goalkeeper, Andriy Pyatov, had plenty of work. Pyatov kept the home side in this match with key saves.

Pyatov did, however, come up short towards the end of the first half when Edin Dzeko played Cengiz Under in behind the Shakhtar defense. Pyatov managed to get a touch on the ball but it wasn't enough to prevent the Turkish youngster's shot from hitting the back of the net.

It was a tale of to halves though as Shakhtar emerged from the break determined to get a positive result in their stadium. Facundo Ferreyra pulled the Ukranians level seven minutes into the second half. The Argentine latched onto a Yaroslav Rakitskiy long ball and drove towards the box, cut inside to leave his defender in his wake, and calmly slotted the ball past Alisson.

Fred then gave his side the victory with a marvelous free kick. The Brazilian, who seems on course to joining Manchester City in the summer, curled his free kick off the underside of the crossbar and into the net.

The tie is still wide open with Roma getting an away goal. The spot in the quarterfinals is up for grabs for either team in the return leg.

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