Fred stunner gives Shakhtar win

Fred celebrates with teammates after hitting the winner Fred celebrates with teammates after hitting the winner

Fred’s wonderful free-kick earned Shakhtar Donetsk a 2-1 victory over Roma in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 encounter at the Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist on Wednesday.

The Cengiz Under fairytale looked set to continue after the 20-year-old marked his Champions League debut with the opener for ascendant Roma shortly before the break, his fifth strike in four outings.

The Ukrainian hosts, though, had not read the script. Seven minutes into the second period the previously anonymous Ferreyra levelled, and midway through the half, Fred sent a superb, left-footed free-kick into the top corner via the bar.

But for several incredible stops from Allison Becker, it could have been worse for Roma.

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