Shakhtar Donetsk Coach Paulo Fonseca congratulated Roma for Champions League progress, but insists they “dominated the game.”
The first leg ended 2-1 in Ukraine, so when Edin Dzeko scored the only strike at the Olimpico this evening, the Giallorossi qualified on away goals.
“First of all, I’d like to congratulate Roma and wish them success for the next round,” said Fonseca in his Press conference.
“I cannot judge them on one game, but I can say they made the most of their only opportunity. Shakhtar dominated the entire game and were always around the Roma area, even when going down to 10 men against 11.
“Having scored the winning goal, Dzeko was certainly a key player. Roma didn’t have many opportunities, we maintained possession and played in their half for most of it. We could’ve taken our chances better in the first leg, as if we had done that, we’d already be in the quarter-finals.”
Shakhtar have lost six of their last seven away games in the Champions League, so perhaps this is something they need to look at in future.
“We have to evaluate many aspects within the club. Ukrainian football is not at the same level as the top leagues in Europe, so we need completely different investment.”
When it comes to the future, Fonseca admits everything is up in the air.
“I don’t know if I will remain. I can say that I like the team, the people and the country. Only time will tell. Bernard will leave us at the end of the season and we are seeking a replacement in his role.”
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