Roma have secured progression into the Europa League quarterfinals after knocking out Real Sociedad by a 2-0 aggregate score.
The Giallorossi’s 0-0 draw tonight in San Sebastián all it took to lock-up qualification thanks to their 2-0 win last week in the Italian capital.
In what was a vintage Jose Mourinho-type performance, Roma’s intentions were clear from kick-off as they sat back and forced the hosts to breakdown their compact defensive approach.
The hosts couldn’t break Roma down despite ending the clash with 77% possession and 20 shots in total, only 3 of which were on target.
After an uneventful first half, the Spaniards created two strong opportunities after the break—their best chance coming in the 74th minute. Defender Igor Zubeldia latched on to it with his head but his attempt went wide.
The host’s frustration ultimately boiled over the final minutes when forward Carlos Fernandez, who was already on a yellow, got in the face of Roma’s Chris Smalling and was sent off.