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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, DECEMBER 5 2017: AS ROMA 1 QARABAG 0

Roma qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League as Group C winners, after a 1-0 win over Qarabag on Tuesday night.
 
Needing a win to confirm their spot in the last-16, Diego Perotti's header moments half-time proved to be enough for the Giallorossi - who ended up finishing top of their group on head-to-head record, after Chelsea drew 1-1 at home to Atletico Madrid.
 
That capped off what had already become a momentous day for the club, with news filtering through barely an hour before kick off that the club had been granted final approval for their proposed new stadium, the Stadio della Roma.
 
Eusebio Di Francesco's side will now be seeded for Friday's draw, where they could face teams including Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and FC Basel.
 
In truth it was a somewhat nervy 90 minutes out on the pitch, with Qarabag - who drew both games with Atletio Madrid - happy to defend deep.
 
Roma pushed and probed but ultimately it came down to Perotti to grab another vital goal - as he headed home from Edin Dzeko's saved shot to change the mood inside the Olimpico.
 
That put Roma on 11 points, a mark Chelsea would join them on after they equalised at Stamford Bridge. But the Giallorossi's 3-0 win over the Blues at the Olimpico (and 3-3 draw in London) was enough for them to edge the head-to-head tiebreaker.
 

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