Tuesday February 12 2019
Zaniolo: 'Never expected this'

Nicolò Zaniolo set a new all-time Italian record with his Champions League brace for Roma. “I never would’ve expected such a thing.”

The 19-year-old had never scored in the Champions League before, but bagged a brace within six minutes at the Olimpico in this Round of 16 first leg 2-1 win over Porto.

However, Adrian Lopez pouncing on a ricochet means the tie is wide open going into the decider on March 6.

He is the youngest ever Italian player to score a brace in the Champions League or European Cup.

“It’s an incredible night, I am speechless and never would’ve expected such a thing,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“However, we’ve got the second leg coming up, we shouldn’t have conceded the second goal and we’ve got to think as a unit.

“We allowed Porto practically nothing, so we have to do the same in the second leg to qualify. I worked hard tonight, but I am very happy to do that for this team.

“Celebrating under the curva is an extraordinary feeling, I can’t describe it. I hope to score many more goals under this curva.”

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