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Roma 0-0 Real Sociedad (2-0): Giallorossi progress to Europa League quarterfinals

Real Sociedad's Spanish midfielder Mikel Oyarzabal (C) vies with Roma's Dutch midfielder Giorginio Wijnaldum (L) and Roma's Brazilian defender Roger Ibanez (R)during the UEFA Europa League last 16 second leg football match between Real Sociedad and AS Roma at the Reale Arena stadium in San Sebastian on March 16, 2023. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA / AFP) (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)
John Solano

calendar date16 Mar 20:00
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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. 

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