The Bosnia international cancelled out Brian Brobbey’s goal just after halftime as the Giallorossi rode their luck and held on, boosted by a vital 2-1 win in Amsterdam in the first leg.
Pau Lopez 5; Ibanez 6, Cristante 5.5, Mancini 6; Karsdorp 6, Diawara 6.5, Veretout 6, Calafiori 7 (Villar N/A), Pellegrini 6, Mkhitaryan 5.5 (Pedro N/A); Dzeko 6.5 (Mayoral 6)
Player of the match: Riccardo Calafiori
The teenager took advantage of an opportunity in Leonardo Spinazzola’s absence and made his impact felt with a fine driving run and assist for Dzeko, albeit courtesy of a deflection. His pace and energy gave Roma an outlet when dealing with Ajax pressure, although the Giallorossi will be sweating on his fitness after a late injury.