Champions League: Roma shock Barcelona with massive comeback

Eusebio Di Francesco

But Edin Dzeko's late goal in the first leg in Barcelona gave Roma hope for the second leg back at home and turned out to be the away goal that put the Giallorossi into the final four.

Barça could easily have already been three down by the time De Rossi slotted home the 58th-minute penalty that made it 2-0 on the night and had the Stadio Olimpico dreaming of victory.

Roma had to wait until the 58th minute for their next goal but Dzeko was a central figure again, holding up the ball before being hauled to the ground by defender Gerard Pique.

Barcelona strikers Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez hardly threatened as Roma dominated possession for long stretches and stifled the Catalan club with high pressure. He patted his chest and was mobbed by his Roma teammates.

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"We came here to try to win the match".

"There will be hard games ahead but we will concentrate on winning what we can still do as so far we have won nothing". "They were very strong with second balls and we aren't used to defending like that".

Football fans in Ghana were on cloud nine after A.S. Roma dispatched Barcelona to seal a semi-final spot in the UEFA Champions League. And we couldn't get our own game going.

Yet it was Liverpool whose approach turned out to be flawless in the circumstances as they followed up some staunch first-half defending to level through Salah in the 56th minute and seal the tie through Firmino 13 minutes from fulltime, clinching their third win against City this season.

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Bernado Silva hit the post, and Leroy Sane had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside during the game, but Liverpool fully deserved to move into the semi-final stage of the Champions league.

"Well when you lose a match like this you think about everything that went wrong".

"Valverde's conservatism took its toll", said newspaper Marca, criticising the coach for not rotating his team in league games despite having the Spanish title practically wrapped up, leading to his players suffering from over-exertion. The Bosnia global ran onto a simple ball over the top and recovered from a poor first touch to poke past goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. "The only thing I regret was today was a match in which we had a great opportunity and we didn't seize it". Midfielder De Rossi emphatically planted the penalty past Ter Stegen.

Valverde waited until the final 10 minutes to use all three of his substitutions.

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