Roma knock Barcelona out of CL with remarkable comeback

Tanya Simon
April 11, 2018

Ousmane Dembele almost scored for Barcelona from a misunderstanding in Roma's defence, but the Italians held on for an unlikely but well-earned 3-0 victory which secured a 4-4 aggregate scoreline and earned them semi final qualification on away goals rule. But as the Reds managed to swerve past Pep Guardiola's side and move into the last four, it was out in Italy where we got our drama.

Just as they were at the Camp Nou, Roma were aggressive from the off, and Dzeko gave the home side a deserved lead after just six minutes, brilliantly bringing down De Rossi's clipped through ball, holding off Samuel Umtiti and poking the ball past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Kevin Strootman had a half-chance for the home side 25 minutes from time when he found space outside the Barcelona box, but the Netherlands worldwide missed the crossbar from distance, before Nainggolan tested Ter Stegen from close range.

"We knew it would be hard, but we had that little bit of belief", he said. "It's about as much as I could have hoped for tonight".

Taking the lead early through former City man Edin Dzeko, he would also win the penalty that Daniele De Rossi converted for 2-0.

Dzeko got the lifeline when he was fouled in the box and the referee wasted no time in awarding a penalty and Del Rossi stepped up to convert in the 58th minute.

Barcelona is still rocketing its way toward a seventh La Liga title in the past decade and 25th overall, but the inability to make deep runs into Europe is becoming a concern, especially with Lionel Messi and other aging stars looking so vastly off the pace like they did on Tuesday.

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Cengiz Under was next to try his luck for the home side as he curled one over the crossbar in the 78th minute with Barcelona struggling to deal with the one-way traffic, before Ter Stegen did well to keep out a close-range Stephan El Shaarawy effort.

However with just seven minutes left Manolas met another fizzing Kolarov corner with a unsaveable header, sparking wild celebrations on and off the pitch.

A 3-1 first-leg loss at Stamford Bridge - having trailed 3-0 - had Barca in danger of being on the wrong end of a major 1999-00 Champions League upset prior to the Roman Abramovich era, but in the return match the Catalans showed their true class.

"Now we are there together - so that's quite a cool moment and I'm really happy about it". "We so wanted to win this tournament but we've failed to do so again".

Barcelona themselves overturned a four-goal deficit in their last-16 match against Paris St Germain last season and coach Ernesto Valverde was taking nothing for granted.

"It is a painful defeat". Now we must lick our wounds. We put three goals past them and could have had more.

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