Roma players celebrate their victory at the end of the group C Champions League soccer match between Roma and Qarabag at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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ROME: Rarely has Roma achieved so much in a single day.Making matters even sweeter was that Roma was expected to struggle to reach the knockout stages. Instead, the team qualified for the last 16 ahead of Premier League champion Chelsea and Atletico Madrid -- a semifinalist or finalist in three of the past four seasons.Memories of Roma getting routed 7-1 by both Manchester United and Bayern Munich over the past 10 years are fading under first-year coach Eusebio Di Francesco, a player on the Roma squad that won Serie A in 2001 .Roma currently shares the 72,000-seat Stadio Olimpico with city rival Lazio but the venue -- which has a running track and bad sightlines -- is outdated.Meanwhile, Roma will look ahead to Monday's draw for the second round of the Champions League, where it could be pitted against 12-time champion Real Madrid or five-time winner Bayern -- both of which finished second in their groups.
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