Despite leading 1-0 at half-time thanks to a Cengiz Ünder goal, Roma capitulated in the second half and lost 2-1 on a freezing night in Donetsk.
Here are the Giallorossi player ratings.
Allison (8): Produced some fantastic saves and was very quick off of his line when he needed to be. Couldn’t do anything about the two goals and helped to prevent Shakhtar from scoring more than two. His best save of the night was from a powerful shot from Taison that not many other goalkeeper’s would have been able to save.
Aleksandar Kolarov (6): Was solid defensively when needed, his crossing in the final third was poor though.
Federico Fazio (5.5): An average performance as Fazio kept Ferreyra quiet for most of the game besides the goal where the whole Roma defence was picked apart by a single pass from Rakitskiy.
Kostas Manolas (6): Helped Fazio in dealing with Ferreyra for the majority of the game but like his centre-back partner he was picked apart for his goal.
Alessandro Florenzi (5): Was an unusually poor performance from Florenzi who was unable to deal with the threat of Bernard who won the battle on Florenzi’s right side of the pitch he usually dominates. For Shakhtar’s first goal Florenzi went to ground too easily and this allowed Ferreyra to simply place the ball past Alisson. Was subbed off in the 72nd minute.
Kevin Strootman (5): Strootman had a very quiet night and gave away the foul that led to Fred’s free-kick goal.
Daniele De Rossi (5.5): Was fairly solid in the defensive aspect of the game but couldn’t deal with the pace of Bernard whenever the Brazilian got near him.
Diego Perotti (5.5): Looked lively at the start of the game but didn’t get enough of the ball to have an impact in the final third of the pitch.
Radja Nainggolan (4): Nainggolan might be one of the best midfielders in Europe but tonight he failed to have any sort of influence on the game. The Belgian International didn’t provide enough service for Džeko and disappeared when Roma needed him the most.
Cengiz Ünder (7): Continued his great form with his debut goal in European competitions and caused problems for Ismaily all night. Had to defend and track back more in the second half though.
Edin Džeko (6): A frustrating night for Džeko who got no service from his midfield or wide players and the Bosnian was left isolated for the entire match. When Džeko did manage to get on the ball he did look threatening and he provided a fantastic assist for Ünder’s opening goal.
Gerson (5): Replaced Ünder for the last 20 minutes and looked lively but had no influence on the game.
Bruno Peres (5.5): Replaced Floreniz as a result of the Italian being overran by Bernard but Peres didn’t improve on Florenzi’s performance as Bernard became more influential when Peres came on. Albeit a poor performance Peres made a world class block in the last moments of the game that prevented Shakhtar from making the score 3-1.
Grégoire Defrel (N/A): Replaced Nainggolan for the last few minutes as Di Francesco tried to encourage his Roma side to push forward but the Frenchman barely had a touch of the ball as Roma were preventing Shakhtar from scoring a third goal.