ROME (AP) Shakhtar Donetsk player Facundo Ferreyra has apologized for pushing a ballboy during Tuesday’s Champions League loss at Roma.
Shakhtar’s Twitter account quotes Ferreyra as saying, “I’m really sorry for what happened. That’s football, it was a very emotional moment in the match. There was no evil intent on my part.”
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A small scuffle between players broke out 10 minutes before full time after Ferreyra pushed the ballboy over the advertising boards when trying to retrieve the ball from him. Ferreira was shown a yellow card.
Roma won 1-0 to reach the quarterfinals on the away goals rule after a 2-2 aggregate score.
Edin Dzeko‘s second half goal gave AS Roma a 1-0 win in the second leg of its UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match-up, and pulled i Lupi into a 2-2 aggregate score line with Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday in Rome.
The 1-0 win made Cenzig Under’s first leg away marker stand up as the difference maker in sending i Lupi into the quarterfinals.
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Whatever Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco said to his men did the trick after a first leg he didn’t like very much.
Dzeko was played through on goal by Kevin Strootman early in the second half and defied Andriy Pyatov to bring Roma to 2-2 on aggregate with the lone away goal of the tie.
There was (slightly) off-field drama late, as Facundo Ferreyra appeared to shove a ball boy over the advertising boards.
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Two more UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second legs take place on Tuesday with two ties still in the balance.
Manchester United host Sevilla after a goalless first leg in Spain, while Shakhtar Donetsk head to Roma with a 2-1 advantage.
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Jose Mourinho’s United aim to make it three from four for the Premier League in terms of teams advancing to the last eight of the UCL, but Vincenzo Montell’s Sevilla gave the Red Devils plenty of food for thought in a tight first leg in southern Spain two weeks ago.
As for Roma, Edin Dzeko and Co. will fancy their chances of getting past Shakhtar Donetsk after they grabbed a crucial away goal in Ukraine in the first leg but the Serie A side let an early lead slip to lose and will be wary of the likes of Fred and Bernard for Shakhtar.
Click on the link above for live updates on both of Tuesday’s UCL games, while we will have reaction and analysis from both games here on Pro Soccer Talk.
Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 (second leg) schedule
3:45 p.m. ET: Manchester United vs. Sevilla (0-0)
3:45 p.m. ET: Roma vs. Shakhtar Donetsk (1-2)
AS Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco absolutely roasted his charges after i Lupi tossed aside a Cenzig Under-inspired lead to fall 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie on Wednesday.
Di Francesco had praise for Edin Dzeko, who assisted Under’s goal, as well as goalkeeper Alisson, but was mostly enraged by his side.
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Rather than construct a narrative, we’re going to point out our five favorite selections from Di Francesco’s post-match talk.
4) “The difference was that in the first half we tried to hurt them while in the second we were looking to hold on – to what? I don’t know.”
— “To what? I don’t know” is hilarious. Di Francesco’s side has posted some serious wins this season, including killing off Chelsea 3-0 at home and coming back from 2-0 to draw the Blues at Stamford Bridge. He doesn’t preach sitting back.
3) “There were far too many schoolboy errors – even by players with a wealth of international experience.”
— Schoolboy errors!
2) “I saw two completely different teams out there today. There were lots of players I should have taken off after we conceded the first goal.”
— Again, one mistake by a number of players on Facundo Ferreyra is enough for Di Francesco. He’s not just happy to be here.
1) “I can’t imagine we’d get arrogant just because we’re winning an important game. It’s not as if Roma are used to reaching the final every year.”
— When you’re willing to essentially rip an entire club’s history — Roma’s been to just two UCL quarterfinals since losing the final to Liverpool in 1984 — you’re putting your footprints in new cement.
Facundo Ferreyra and Fred scored second half goals to lead Shakhtar Donetsk past AS Roma 2-1 at the Donbass Arena in Wednesday’s first leg of the clubs’ UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie.
Cendig Under scored his fifth goal in four matches as AS Roma did manage an away goal before the March 13 second leg in Rome.
Fred has been linked with a summer move to Man City, and the banger of a free kick showed part of the reason the Brazilian is in demand.
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Roma is bidding to make its first UEFA Champions League quarterfinal since 2007-08 when they went out at the hands of Manchester United, while Shakhtar last made the quarters only to be dismissed by Barcelona in 2010-11.
Ukrainian backstop Andriy Pyatov had an early save on Edin Dzeko off a cross from Aleksandar Kolarov, two minutes after Kolarov mailed a free kick over the bar.
Kolarov and Dzeko remained big parts of the story line, though Pyatov and the Shakhtar defense stood tall.
Dzeko would wind up assisting the opener, and it was the in form Under who’d bury his chance.
Not soon after the break, though, Yaroslav Rakitskiy cued up Ferreyra for the equalizer.
And Fred but the hosts ahead with this outstanding free kick, what they’d call a “bar down bingo” in hockey.