With Edin Dzeko having an off night, Lorenzo Pellegrini stepped up for Roma in the Champions League.

The Italy midfielder scored one goal and set up another as Roma beat 10-man CSKA Moscow 2-1 on Wednesday.

Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, center, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's second goal during a Group G Champions League soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Roma at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, center, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side’s second goal during a Group G Champions League soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Roma at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Since losing its opening group game 3-0 to Real Madrid, Roma has won three in a row and only needs one more victory to put qualification for the knockout stages beyond doubt. Madrid plays Plzen in Group G’s other game later Wednesday.

The Italian team started fast with Kostas Manolas heading in the fourth-minute opener from Pellegrini’s curling corner.

CSKA Moscow supporters light flares during a Group G Champions League soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Roma at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
CSKA Moscow supporters light flares during a Group G Champions League soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Roma at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

After beating Madrid at home last month, CSKA’s young team showed a similar tenacious spirit to level the game at 1-1 in the 51st, the 20-year-old Ilzat Akhmetov sending a pass through the Roma defense for 19-year-old Arnor Sigurdsson to hold off two defenders and score with a calm finish.

However, the game changed when CSKA lost its other Icelander, defender Hordur Magnusson, to a second yellow card and Pellegrini pounced for his first Champions League goal.

CSKA defender Georgi Schennikov, right, challenges for the ball with Roma midfielder Bryan Cristante during a Group G Champions League soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Roma at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
CSKA defender Georgi Schennikov, right, challenges for the ball with Roma midfielder Bryan Cristante during a Group G Champions League soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Roma at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Three minutes after the sending-off, Pellegrini took advantage of the disarray in CSKA’s defense to beat the offside trap, latching onto Bryan Cristante’s pass before shooting past goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

CSKA midfielder Arnor Sigurdsson, bottom left, scores his side's first goal during a Group G Champions League soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Roma at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
CSKA midfielder Arnor Sigurdsson, bottom left, scores his side’s first goal during a Group G Champions League soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Roma at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Dzeko came into the game as the Champions League’s top scorer with five goals but his finishing against CSKA was wayward. At one point he dodged two CSKA defenders with excellent footwork only to send the ball straight at goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

CSKA is third in the group with four points from four games and hasn’t gone past the group stage since 2011-12.

Roma defender Kostas Manolas heads the ball to score the opening goal during a Group G Champions League soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Roma at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Roma defender Kostas Manolas heads the ball to score the opening goal during a Group G Champions League soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Roma at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

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Source: The Associated Press