Dzeko: We have done something special

Roma’s goal-scorer in the 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the last-16 of Champions League, Edin Dzeko has praised the Italian side for re-writing the history books.

The Bosnian striker’s 52nd-minute goal was all Roma needed to progress to the next round of the European competition.

Roma was trailing 2-1 from the first leg and the solitary goal by the lanky striker saw them book a place in the quarter-finals for the first time in a decade.

“We managed to do something that had been missing for 10 years, “said Dzeko. “Going forward and playing with big teams is a pride for all of us.”

“It is not for me, but for everyone, we are deservedly in the quarterfinals.”

The winner against Shakhtar was his fourth in Champions League this season and 18th in total for the club this campaign.

After Italy’s shock failure to qualify for the World Cup, Roma’s progress to the last eight along with Juventus is a boost for the country.

Juventus have reached two finals in the last three seasons. The last Italian club to win the title was Inter Milan under Jose Mourinho in 2010.