Dzeko hails 'patient' Roma after narrow last-16 win

Alessandro Florenzi has called on his team to repeat their Champions League home displays

Alessandro Florenzi has called on his team to repeat their Champions League home displays

Paulo Fonseca's men came to Stadio Olimpico in Rome, hoping to keep their goals safe from Roma's attacks, which would let them qualify into the quarterfinals.

A second-half strike from Edin Dzeko sent Roma into the quarterfinals of the Champions League with a 1-0 home victory against 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk.

Roma celebrated only their second win in six meetings with the Ukrainian side and got revenge for a 6-2 aggregate defeat by them at the same stage of the competition in 2011, although they endured a nervy finish.

"We were patient. We knew that one goal could see us reach the quarter-finals".

"We achieved something that's been missing for 10 years and are now prepared to face anyone in the last eight".

"I'm proud of this team because I think we knocked out a very strong team".

Shakhtar came close to extending their overall advantage when the Roma defender Alessandro Florenzi headed a floated free-kick into the box inches wide of his own far post.

But Roma quickly started to find their rhythm and Shakhtar goalkeeper Pyatov had to react quickly to a low Aleksandar Kolorov cross, palming the ball away from the path of the incoming Dzeko.

The home side came out with renewed goal in the second half and Dzeko delighted their vocal fans when he broke the deadlock with a trademark clinical finish.

Dzeko, who had his first chance in the opening minute, broke Shakhtar's stout back four in the 52nd.

Despite being a man down, Shakhtar launched a late onslaught and had several unsafe raids down the left but the home team's defence held on until the final whistle.

"A fantastic result, a fantastic Roma", he said on the club's official twitter account.