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Champions League 2018: Results, Top Scorers After Wednesday's Round-of-16 Games

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2018

Shakhtar Donetsk's players celebrate the goal scored by midfielder Fred (3L) during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Shaktar Donetsk and AS Rome at the OSK Metalist Stadion in Kharkiv on February 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOV        (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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Shakhtar Donetsk turned around a 1-0 deficit to beat AS Roma in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round-of-16 clash on Wednesday, while Manchester United were held to a 0-0 stalemate at Sevilla.

Cengiz Under netted his fifth goal in four games for Roma as the Giallorossi took a one-goal lead into the break in Ukraine, but Facundo Ferreyra and Fred hit back after the interval to secure a 2-1 win for the hosts.

The Red Devils conceded only two goals in three away matches during the group stage and kept up that record by clinching a draw in Seville, although their failure to secure an away goal could trouble manager Jose Mourinho.

Read on for a roundup of Wednesday's results from the Champions League round of 16, complete with an updated look at the competition's top scorers.

          

Wednesday's Results

Sevilla 0-0 Manchester United

Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 AS Roma

                  

Champions League Top Scorers

1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid: 11

2. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool: 7

3. Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur: 7

4. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool: 6

5. Sadio Mane, Liverpool: 6

6. Wissam Ben Yedder, Sevilla: 6

7. Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain: 6

8. Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain: 6

9. Vincent Aboubakar, Porto: 5

10. Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich: 5

           

Recap

It's not in Mourinho's usual methods to go on the offensive when playing away from home in high-risk situations, although it was arguably just a lack of overall quality that saw United fail to score on Wednesday.

Romelu Lukaku travelled to Spain with four Champions League goals to his name this season but was unable to add to that count on Wednesday, and the striker struggled for service throughout, Ian Wright told BBC 5 live Sport:

BBC 5 live Sport @5liveSport

"I've not seen enough support for Lukaku. It's been a poor performance by #MUFC," - @IanWright0 Still goalless in Spain - can #MUFC snatch an away goal? 📻 https://t.co/NI1sjtGRxI #SEVMUN https://t.co/4u5vvrM1bP

Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet did a fine job of containing the Belgium international, who did have the ball in the net late on but saw his effort correctly ruled out for handball.

It was an off night for the Red Devils in almost every attacking aspect, with the only real positive of their trip being the clean sheet they'll take back to Old Trafford for the return leg on March 13.

It was a disappointing night for both teams, however, per BBC 5 live's Mina Rzouki:

Mina Rzouki @Minarzouki

Sevilla’s attack just not decisive. No brilliance with the final ball.

In Donetsk, an inch-perfect free-kick stunner from Fred sealed a memorable comeback win over Roma for Shakhtar, who will now take a 2-1 advantage to the Stadio Olimpico next month.

Copa 90 noted the standard of goalkeeper the Brazilian midfielder had to beat as he completed the Miners' turnaround on home soil, clipping in a delightfully weighted strike from the right side of the box off the underside of the crossbar:

COPA90 US @COPA90US

Roma’s Alisson has been one of Europe’s best keepers the season but not a single player in this game would’ve saved that freekick from Fred 😱

Under had continued his rich vein of scoring form by latching on to an Edin Dzeko pass and ricocheting his effort in off Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov to get his Champions League account up and running, per Squawka:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Cengiz Under has now scored 5 goals in his last 4 games for Roma. This is his first ever game in the Champions League. https://t.co/M7cT1rZYZv

However, Shakhtar have an in-form star of their own, and Ferreyra bagged his 12th goal in his last 13 games for the club to pull them level before Fred's late intervention saw them wrestle the win from their guests.

Roma can still be pleased with the fact they got an away goal on the board in Ukraine, but the Giallorossi haven't kept a clean sheet at home in 2018 thus far and may need to rely on outscoring their foes in the second leg.

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