Roma stun Barcelona to reach semi-finals

Roma stun Barcelona to reach semi-finals

Goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas sealed one of the greatest European comebacks on away goals as Barca were beaten in the knockout round after winning the first leg by at least three goals for the first time in its illustrious history.

Di Francesco acknowledged before the match that his team needed a "miracle" to advance, and they got the start they needed when when Edin Dzeko controlled an over-the-top pass between two defenders after six minutes and poked in his sixth goal in this season's competition. "It's hard to accept this elimination because we had a lot of hope for this season and once again it (the Champions League) has escaped us". While Man City's elimination was still an acceptable result, Barcelona losing to the Italians despite having a 3-goal lead from the first leg was astonishing indeed.

Barca finally came out of their shells as Roma tried to hold on to the result, but the hosts held on brilliantly to see the result out and go through to the semis for the first time since 1984, when they lost the final at home to Liverpool, Tuesday's other victors.

"Of course we should believe we can reach the final - why wouldn't we believe?" he said.

Daniele De Rossi celebrated Roma's dramatic Champions League quarter-final victory over Barcelona, but insisted his side are not done in the competition yet. "It's a very tough night, a sad night and one to forget, we need to apologise to the fans for how we have fallen", the midfielder said. "You analyze things", Valverde said when asked if would take the blame for the loss.

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"When it comes from Milner it is not offside, and we go to half-time 2-0". "They were very strong with second balls and we aren't used to defending like that".

It was 1-0 to Roma after just eight minutes into the match as Barcelona were stunned by the early strike from the rejuvenated Bosnia who recorded his third goal in three consecutive Champions League matches.

Roma captain De Rossi set up Dzeko's goal with a straight ball and the Bosnian striker muscled off defenders to shoot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen with his left foot.

Champions League debutant Patrik Schick nodded high and wide following a corner, before squandering a huge opportunity with another header from Federico Fazio's cross that flashed past the left-hand post. The first leg showed us Barcelona had a lot of quality, but not as much as a few years ago.

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