Sunday 19 November 2017

Shakhtar in control

Shakhtar Donetsk scored three vital away goals in the Olympic Stadium in Rome to take a 3-2 lead going into the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with Roma and heaping more pressure on Claudio Ranieri.

Roma took the lead in the 28th minute when midfielder Simone Perrotta headed in a cross from Rodrigo Taddei off Razvan Rat, but Shakhtar equalised a minute later through Jadson's deflection.

The Ukranians, who looked slick despite not having played a competitive match in more than two months, then seized control of the match with a lovely curling shot from just outside the area by Douglas Costa on 36 minutes.

Luiz Adriano slotted in the visitors' third before half-time, capitalising on a slip-up by Roma defender John Arne Riise that summed up their frustrating evening, before Jeremy Menez superbly netted for the hosts after the break.

Elsewhere, Bolton have booked a FA Cup fifth-round tie with Fulham after defeating Wigan in last night's fourth-round replay. Ivan Klasnic scored the only goal of the game at the DW Stadium after 66 minutes.

Irish Independent

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