Roma claim top spot with win over Qarabag

  • Roma claim top spot with win over Qarabag

Roma claim top spot with win over Qarabag

"I don't think you can say we've flopped if we don't stay in the Champions League", Cerezo declared. Bruno Peres will be the only absentee for manager Eusebio Di Francesco after picking up a red in their last game against Atletico Madrid.

"He has us adopt the same aggressive style of play no matter who we're up against".

There was drama aplenty in Group C as Roma finished top, beating Chelsea to prime position after winning against minnows Qarabag 1-0 thanks to Diego Perotti's headed effort.

"It's a magnificent result for us, for our confidence, for the rest of our season and for Roma's reputation on the global stage".

It is all on the line in Rome on Tuesday as the hosts can book their place in the round of 16 with a win against last-place Qarabag.

There was double celebrations for Di Francesco's side on the night after it was announced just before kick-off that the construction of their new stadium had been given the green light.

"It's satisfying because nobody believed we could qualify at all, they assumed we'd be eliminated, but we worked hard, proved ourselves and won the group", said Di Francesco.

Atletico Madrid needed to beat Chelsea and hope Azerbaijanian outfit Qarabag could hold Roma, and even took the lead at Stamford Bridge through Saul Niguez, but Stefan Savic's own goal consigned Diego Simeone's men to the Europa League.

They will now be seeded for Monday's draw as they attempt to reach the quarter-finals a decade after their last appearance.

"We can do better".

Juventus and Basel also completed their passage to the next round, joining Barcelona, Besiktas, Manchester City, Tottenham, Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain and Roma who qualified as group winners, and Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus and Basel as runners-up, reports Efe. We're first ahead of Chelsea and Atletico.

For their new 55,000-seater Stadio della Roma stadium their fans will have to wait until at least 2020, but the Champions League continues in February.