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.
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.