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Roma knock Barca out of UCL with stunning comeback; Liverpool into semis

11 April, 2018, 12:45 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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It was Roma's first entry to the semifinals of the Champions League since 1982/83 season.

Roma reached the semi-finals of the Champions League with a stunning 3-0 win over Barcelona to secure an improbable aggregate win on away goals.

Trailing 4-1 after the first leg, Roma went ahead on the night after six minutes as Edin Dzeko latched on to Daniele de Rossi's long-range pass before poking the ball beyond Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Striker Edin Dzeko had opened the scoring, after a handsome defence spliting pass 6 minute from Danielle De Rossi, who himself had bagged the second with a neatly taken penalty.

'It would've been a triumph for any team, but particularly for us, for the dimension Roma have always had in Europe, it's truly incredible, ' De Rossi told Mediaset Premium.

He was invited to watch the match by Roma president Jim Pallotta, who knows Ferguson well having previously attended a Boston Celtics basketball game with the veteran Scot.

"The truth is that it was a game in which we couldn't play our football", Valverde said in his postgame news conference. "We put three goals past them and we could have scored more".

The result shattered Ernesto Valverde's hopes of lifting the treble.

The visitors' Sergi Roberto squandered the first chance of the game but after that Barcelona struggled to respond to Roma's constant waves of attacks until substitute Ousmane Dembele whistled a long-range shot just over the bar in added time.

"They are a top team with a top manager and I would say they deserve to be in the final". It's a very big disappointment after the great season we have had.

Messi and Luis Suarez were also singled out by BT Sport pundit Michael Owen, who believed they did not do enough to help out defensively.

The scenes in the stadium and the Roma dressing room were also a joy to behold.

"It's hard to accept this elimination because we had a lot of hope for this season and once again it has escaped us", said Barca captain Andres Iniesta.

Di Francesco opted for a change of formation - deploying a 3-4-2-1 - and he believes this was key to picking up a result, with Radja Nainggolan and Champions League debutant Patrik Schick ably supporting Dzeko.

Greek defender Manolas completed the unlikeliest of wins with eight minutes remaining, as the Catalans were beaten in the knockout phase after winning the first leg by at least three goals for the first time in their history.

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