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Shak attack

Shaktar Donetsk signalled that they might be one of the Champions League’s dark horses this year, after giving Roma a beating in the Ukraine last night.

Shaktar won 3-0 – completing a 6-2 win on aggregate – and are now 57 games unbeaten at home in all competitions. Whoever has to go there will face a tough challenge, in an intimidating atmosphere. Despite the scoreline, 3-0 was hard on Roma, who went out with the attacking intent so often missing under Claudio Ranieri, only to find themselves bungling chance after chance, and giving away stupid goals at the back.

They weren’t helped by Phillipe Mexes, who got sent off, and in truth could have been down to nine after Daniele De Rossi forearm smashed Srna in the face. However referee Howard Webb decided that a booking for Srna was right course of action. In any case the Italians now have to focus on re-entering the competition next year, not a certainty by any stretch.

‘We have to develop the ideas and the pace that I saw in the first 30 minutes of the game,’ said Roma boss Vincenzo Montella. ‘I tried to keep up the competitive spirit of the team despite the nervous atmosphere after Mexes was sent off. We will analyse our mistakes and move forward.’

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