Reporter’s view: Roma squandered a lead in Kharkiv, but confidence is high after league victories over Napoli and Torino. With a full-strength side available, the Giallorossi have what it takes to go through. Edin Džeko is back among the goals while Alisson Becker rarely looks like conceding – and remember: a 1-0 would suffice for Eusebio Di Francesco’s men, though I expect them to score more.

Possible line-ups


First leg: Shakhtar 2-1 Roma

Roma: Alisson; Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov; Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman; Cengiz Ünder, Džeko, Perotti
Out: Karsdorp (knee), Pellegrini (knee)
Doubtful: Defrel (muscular)
Misses next match if booked: Perotti

Shakhtar: Pyatov; Butko, Ordets, Rakitskiy, Ismaily; Fred, Stepanenko; Marlos, Taison, Bernard; Ferreyra
Out
: Kryvtsov (knee), Malyshev (knee), Srna (suspended)
Misses next match if booked
: Taison, Ferreyra

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Fantasy Football top point scorers

Roma: Edin Džeko, forward (34 points, €10.6m)
Shakhtar: Marlos, midfielder (31 points, €6.5m)

Where to watch

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Weekend results

Watch some classic matches from the round of 16


Watch some classic matches from the round of 16

Roma 3-0 Torino
Vorskla Poltava 0-3 Shakhtar

Form guide*

Roma: WWLLWW
Shakhtar: WWWWWL

*All competitions, most recent first

Eusebio Di Francesco, Roma coach

De Rossi: 'It’s like putting armour on'


De Rossi: ‘It’s like putting armour on’

We want to advance and we won’t do that by playing just one half of football. I hope all the alternating between good and bad performances can level out now because this is a game we can’t mess up. I want to see continuity from my team. Even if we go ahead, I want us to keep our shape and balance. We made some mistakes, not just individually but as a team, in the first leg and we can’t afford to do that again.

Paulo Fonseca, Shakhtar coach

It’s going to be a very difficult game. Roma won a group that included Chelsea and Atlético Madrid so they are tough to face, and they’ve won five out of six games recently. They’re going to try to put us under pressure from the start. We’re going to have to be very strong at the back to withstand that. My team is in great shape, mentally and physically.


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