Fonseca: Alisson kept Roma in it

first_imgUEFA Champions League Liverpool target Alisson kept Roma in it – Shakhtar boss Sacha Pisani 08:33 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alisson-cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma Shakhtar Donetsk Roma The Ukrainian side’s boss hailed his team’s comeback and believes only the opposition goalkeeper kept the margin from being larger Paulo Fonseca said Roma should thank Liverpool target Alisson as he believes Shakhtar Donetsk would be taking a greater advantage into the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie if it was not for the goalkeeper’s “extraordinary” performance.Ukrainian champions Shakhtar came from behind to overcome Italian visitors Roma 2-1 in Wednesday’s opening leg in Kharkiv.After in-form attacker Cengiz Under put Roma ahead approaching half-time, Facundo Ferreyra dragged Shakhtar level seven minutes after the interval before Manchester City target Fred’s stunning free-kick sealed the comeback. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The margin could have been wider but Alisson – who has been heavily linked with Liverpool – thwarted Marlos and Taison during the contest.”The team performed well in the second half,” head coach Fonseca told reporters. “It wasn’t easy to keep up that pace after a long winter break.”We could’ve won with a bigger margin and Roma must thank Alisson, as their goalkeeper performed some extraordinary saves.”The manager went on to credit his side for adjusting to Roma’s style after the break.”We didn’t actually start the game too badly, and even created a good chance, but didn’t have a player to poke the ball in,” he said. “Later there was a problem with our positioning. Roma were aggressive while our lines were stretched. We sorted this after the break and that helped us win.”Shakhtar travel to Rome on March 13 for the return leg, and will be wary of a trip to Italy. The Ukrainian side topped Napoli 2-1 at home in the group stage before taking a 3-0 loss in Naples.last_img