Shakhtar striker apologises after pushing Roma ball boy

Paulo Fonseca believes one mistake cost Shakhtar Donetsk as they crashed out of the Champions League to Roma on away goals.

A small scuffle between players broke out 10 minutes before full time after Ferreira pushed the ballboy over the advertising boards when trying to retrieve the ball from him.

"In terms of organisation, I think we are doing much better and we worked on a few set-play routines too. Everyone gave their all and we are deservedly in the quarterfinals", Dzeko said.

Roma did not concede a goal at home in the group stage and hammered Chelsea 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, so the home fans in the crowd of 47,693 would have been confident their side could get the job done.

Secondly, it was when Facundo Ferreyra dispossessed fellow countryman Federico Fazio but failed to capitalise on his opportunity after going through on goal but was fended off well by Fazio as his sliding shot went wayward.

Roma hadn't conceded in its three Champions League matches at the Stadio Olimpico this season but almost netted an own goal when Alessandro Florenzi tried to head clear a free kick but sent the ball flashing across the face of goal.

The visitors' hopes of snatching the equaliser they needed to progress were hampered when Ivan Ordets was sent off for a 79th-minute professional foul on Džeko. They came close twice to taking the lead, firstly, when AS Roma avoided putting the ball in their own from a resulting corner.

"If we face an opponent with this attitude and determination, we can go far". Shakhtar's game plan appeared to be working as they frustrated their hosts, but one incisive move was enough for the Serie A side to snatch it. Shakhtar were more than a match, though, and can leave the #UCL with their heads held high, as Roma look forward to Friday's draw. Substitute Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice after coming on in the second half, with Romelu Lukaku pulling a goal back for United.

Roma advance into the last eight of the competition, but Shakhtar's journey is over having been dumped out on away goals in Italy.

There have not been two Italian clubs in the quarter-finals of the Champions League since 2006/07 when Roma joined eventual winners AC Milan in the last eight.

There will also be at least three Italian coaches in the quarter-finals - Di Francesco, Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus and Vincenzo Montella of Sevilla.

  • Steve Townsend