This is a match where Roma will be going as the favourites as Shakhtar are not the team whcih can handle the big matches although they defeated Arsenal twice in the group stages of the 2011 Champions League and came to the next round as the group leaders. This is the first leg match of the tie between Italian Team AS Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk and will be played at the Olympico Stadium in Rome which gives Roma an edge that they can use their hostile crowd to good effect and defeat Shakhtar in the first leg to make the away leg easier.
Shakhtar Donetsk defeated AS Roma by 3-2 in the Champions League Round of 16 First Leg
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – Round of 16
AS ROMA vs SHAKHTAR DONETSK
16 February 2011 – 19:45 GMT
Rome will go into this match with a good confidence and will be hoping to take some sort of advantage in the second leg while Shakhtar will be hoping to grab a goal or two which would put them in a prime position when the host Roma in Urkain in two weeks time. These days away goals are so much important and if a team can take some sort of edge from the away leg it makes things alot easier for them.
Predictions: Since first leg is in Italy I can see the Roma going out there and winning the match with ease nad im predicting a 2-0 scoreline for them as Ranieri will be looking to settle the tie in the first leg.
Match Result and Goals
[ AS Roma 2-3 Shakhtar Donetsk ]
28′ [1 – 0] S. Perrotta
29′ [1 – 1] Jadson
36′ [1 – 2] D. Costa
40′ [1 – 3] L. Adriano
61′ [2 – 3] J. Menez