Roma and Di Francesco part ways

Roma and Di Francesco part ways

Roma and Di Francesco part ways

On the heels of their controversial loss to Porto in the second leg of their Round of 16 tie, the club announced on Thursday that Eusebio has left the club after two-and-a-half years in charge.

Roma's Champions League elimination at the hands of Porto sparked conflict between Monchi and the club's ultras, who have been far from pleased with his work since arriving last summer.

In extra-time, Dzeko wasted a succession of chances to score the goal that would likely have taken Roma through.

Italian media reported that Claudio Ranieri, fired by English Premier League side Fulham last week, was a possible replacement.

Roma are fifth in Serie A, three points off the Champions League berths for next season, after falling 3-0 last weekend to bitter city rivals Lazio.

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Porto's lead lasted barely 10 minutes as Eder Militao lunged in on Argentine Perotti, with De Rossi coolly rolling his penalty past three-time Champions League victor Iker Casillas. "It's true that there was a moment of tension, caused by the great disappointment we all experienced".

Porto progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after Alex Telles' penalty secured a 3-1 victory over Roma three minutes from the end of extra-time.

"Di Francesco will remain the coach who took Roma to the Champions League semi-finals after who knows how many years and he deserves credit for that".

Four minutes later, VAR came to Porto's rescue when Alessandro Florenzi was shown tugging the shirt of Porto attacker Fernando in the box, resulting in a penalty.

UEFA could not immediately be reached for comment.


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