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Thursday 16 August 2018

Donetsk can be 'medicine' for Roma -- Mexes

TONIGHT'S other Champions League action sees Serie A side Roma take on Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk, who are appearing in the last 16 for the first time after failing in five previous qualifying attempts.

Roma have not won in three domestic league games and fans protested at training after Saturday's 2-0 home defeat by Napoli, which left last season's runners-up eighth.

There have also been off-field distractions.

An American consortium was given a 30-day exclusive negotiation period yesterday to discuss a purchase of the cash-strapped club and media reports have said coach Claudio Ranieri's job could be under threat. "This match could be a good medicine for Roma and we will do our best," defender Philippe Mexes said.

ROMA v SHAKHTAR DONETSK, LIVE SETANTA IRL/SKY SP 2 (KO 7.45)

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