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March 8, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
Donbass Arena — Donets'k
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 46543‎
58′ Willian
87′ Eduardo

Shakhtar Donetsk - Roma Preview: Vincenzo Montella looks to keep up unbeaten record for clash at Donbass Arena

Vincenzo Montella - Roma (Getty Images)
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Shakhtar: Pyatov; Srna, Chygrynskiy, Rakytskiy, Rat; Hubschman, Mkhitaryan; Douglas Costa, Jadson, Willian; Luiz Adriano.


Roma: Doni; N. Burdisso, Juan, Mexes, Riise; Pizarro, De Rossi, Taddei, Perrotta, Vucinic; Totti.


  • Shakhtar scored three goals in a 13-minute span in the first leg in Rome.
  • The Miners have never lost at the Donbass Arena since it opened in 2009.
  • Oleksandr Kucher will miss the match with a knee injury.
  • Roma have not lost a match since Vincenzo Montella replaced Claudio Ranieri two weeks ago.
  • Marco Cassetti and Jeremy Menez are suspended for the second leg in Ukraine.
  • Roma needed a last minute penalty to down Lecce last Friday.


February 16, 2011: Roma 2-3 Shakhtar Donetsk

Roma took an early lead thanks to a Razvan Rat own goal before Shakhtar stormed back with a triple salvo during a 13-minute span in the first half. Jeremy Menez cut the deficit in half with a goal in the second half but it was too little, too late for Roma.

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Available Squads
30Andriy PyatovGoalkeeper
26R. RaţDefender
44Yaroslav RakytskyyDefender
27Dmytro ChygrynskiyDefender
33Darijo SrnaMidfielder
3Tomas HubschmannMidfielder
10Henrikh MkhitaryanMidfielder
20Douglas CostaMidfielder
9Luiz AdrianoStriker
12Rustam KhudzhamovGoalkeeper
10Olexiy GayMidfielder
15Taras StepanenkoMidfielder
18Marcelo MorenoStriker
29Alex TeixeiraMidfielder
32Mykola IschenkoDefender
3John Arne RiiseDefender
5Philippe MexesDefender
-Nicolas BurdissoDefender
9Mirko VučinićStriker
7David PizarroMidfielder
20Simone PerrottaMidfielder
16Daniele De RossiMidfielder
11Rodrigo TaddeiMidfielder
22Marco BorrielloStriker
1Bogdan LobonţGoalkeeper
-Paolo CastelliniDefender
19Leandro GrecoMidfielder
-Matteo BrighiMidfielder
10Francesco TottiStriker
99Gianluca CaprariMidfielder
-Aleandro RosiMidfielder
Players to Watch
Luiz Adriano
Luiz Adriano
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
6 1 1 0
The 23-year-old leads the team with four goals in the current Champions League campaign and will be eager to add to his personal tally against a leaky Roma backline. Scored in the first leg and is a favourite to find the back of the net again on Tuesday evening.
John Arne Riise
John Arne Riise
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 3
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Norway full-back will be keen to atone for his crucial mistake against Shakhtar in the first leg. Goals will be the order of the day for Roma so he will need to push forward at every opportunity and cause problems for the Ukrainian side out wide.
Probable Lineups
Andriy Pyatov 30
R. Raţ 26
Yaroslav Rakytskyy 44
Dmytro Chygrynskiy 27
Darijo Srna 33
Willian 22
Tomas Hubschmann 3
Jadson 20
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 10
Douglas Costa 20
Luiz Adriano 9
Doni 32
John Arne Riise 3
Juan 0
Philippe Mexes 5
Nicolas Burdisso 0
Mirko Vučinić 9
David Pizarro 7
Simone Perrotta 20
Daniele De Rossi 16
Rodrigo Taddei 11
Marco Borriello 22
The Donbass Arena is a fortress where Shakhtar have won their last 18 competitive matches and Roma don't have the collective strength to break the Miners' impressive streak. The hosts play the Serie A side off the park on Tuesday night.
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Roma 1
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