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

13 March 2018 23:44

Edin Dzeko credited his Roma team-mates for a "patient" performance as they dumped Shakhtar Donetsk out of the Champions League.

A 1-0 win, after a 2-1 defeat in Kharkiv, took Roma through on away goals as Dzeko scored seven minutes into the second half with the game's first chance of note.

And although the Serie A side were outplayed for long periods at Stadio Olimpico, the Bosnian praised the way his side did not panic before eventually finding the breakthrough.

"It was a great night for me, for Roma and the whole club," Dzeko told UEFA.com. "We deserved this.

"We were patient. We knew that one goal could see us reach the quarter-finals. We scored that goal and then we did everything all together.

"I did [think a second effort was in] but the ball somehow went wide of the goal. That [one that went in] was the golden one.

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

He added: "Everyone deserves a standing ovation because we all gave absolutely everything, right up until the last minute. We deserve to go through, to be in the quarter-finals."

And Roma legend Francesco Totti also congratulated his former side on Twitter.

"A fantastic result, a fantastic Roma: among the best eight sides in Europe," he posted. "We push forward onto the next round."

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