Ranieri vows not to give up, despite 3-2 home loss



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Roma manager Claudio Ranieri has vowed not to give up after his side lost 3-2 at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League last 16 tie.

Former Chelsea tinkerman, Ranieri saw his side take a 1-0 lead through a Shakhtar own goal from defender Razvan Rat, but Shakhtar scored three quick goals before the break to give themselves an improbable away lead.

Roma kept themselves in the tie with a Jeremy Menez strike and they will travel to the Ukraine in three weeks time still believing they can get through to the quarter finals.

“We could have gone under but instead we reacted, we couldn’t have done more than that,” said Ranieri.

“We played the way we needed to, also tactically. But everything went badly.

“But we won’t give up and in the return we can do what they did here.”

Shakhtar’s Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu couldn’t understand the way the home fans got on their own teams backs, and felt for the Italians.

“Roma live under great pressure, I don’t understand the fans’ jeers, it’s tough to play under these conditions,” he said.

“In the second half Roma played really well so you can’t blame them for anything.

“We also played a great match, we had five players aged 20-21. I knew we’d have to put Roma under pressure and we managed that.”

Former Liverpool man Riise was hauled off after his mistake led to the third Shakhtar goal.

He said: “I feel bad, it’s an incredible mistake on my part. The fans are against me and I ask for forgiveness to everyone, my team-mates too.

“I think we played badly but now I feel really bad for my mistake.

“I was ready to play in the second half but Ranieri told me I’d be replaced, I think because of the mistake.

“I feel bad and will also tomorrow. I hope the fans understand I give my all.”

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