Champions League: Roma Gets Its ‘Miracle’ and Ousts Barcelona, Roma Knocks Barcelona Out Of CL with remarkable comeback

Champions League: Roma Gets Its ‘Miracle’ and Ousts Barcelona, Roma Knocks Barcelona Out Of CL with remarkable comeback
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Roma pulled off an extraordinary comeback to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League on Tuesday, winning 3-0 at home to reach the semifinals by overturning a three-goal deficit from the first leg.

Roma advanced on away goals despite losing 4-1 in the first leg of the quarterfinals.
 

Center back Kostas Manolas scored the decisive goal with a header from a corner in the 82nd minute amid a deafening atmosphere inside the Stadio Olimpico.

Roma coach Eusebio 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.

Then near the hour mark, Dzeko earned a penalty that Daniele De Rossi converted to set the stage for Manolas’ late header.

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Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez hardly threatened as Roma dominated possession for long stretches and stifled the Catalan club with high pressure.

Roma capitalized on its aerial threat through Dzeko and Patrik Schick and its stifling defense forced Barcelona into a series of uncharacteristic misplaced passes.

It’s the first time that Roma  @OfficialASRoma has reached the last four since it lost the 1984 final to Liverpool on penalties in its own stadium — and it’s the third straight year that Barcelona has been eliminated at this stage.

Only two clubs had previously overturned at least a three-goal first-leg deficit in the Champions League — Deportivo La Coruna beat AC Milan 4-0 after losing the opening leg 4-1 in the 2004 quarterfinals and Barcelona routed Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 after losing the first game 4-0 in last season’s Round of 16.

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Roma captain Daniele 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.

Barcelona’s only real chances of the first half came from two free kicks, both of which Messi missed high.

Suarez was so frustrated at times for not receiving enough balls that he slammed both hands on the pitch on one occasion.

Shortly after the half-hour mark, Roma fans protested for a perceived hand ball inside the area but it appeared that Samuel Umtiti used his chest to deflect a shot from Schick.

Dzeko was at it again after the break with a show of brute force, shrugging off Gerard Pique and Umtiti to approach the goal. Pique then grabbed Dzeko’s left arm and tugged the striker to the ground.

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Roma player celebrate at the end of the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Roma and FC Barcelona at Rome’s Olympic Stadium, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Roma pulled off an extraordinary comeback with a 3-0 win over Barcelona on Tuesday to reach the Champions League semifinals after overturning a three-goal deficit from the first leg. 

The referee didn’t immediately point to the spot but then showed a yellow to Pique and awarded the penalty.

De Rossi confidently struck the spot kick inside the right post and even though Ter Stegen leaped in the right direction the goalkeeper had no chance.

It was De Rossi’s first Champions League goal since October 2015.

Roma substitute Stephan El Shaarawy had a chance at Roma’s third in the 79th but Ter Stegen produced a brilliant save to deny the striker from close range.

But three minutes later, the Barcelona goalkeeper had no chance when Manolas headed inside the far post.

MORE ON A.S. ROMA

Associazione Sportiva Roma, commonly referred to as simply Roma, is a professional Italian football club based in Rome. Founded by a merger in 1927, Roma have participated in the top-tier of Italian football for all of their existence except for 1951–52.

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Roma have won Serie A three times, in 1941–42, 1982–83 and 2000–01, as well as winning nine Coppa Italia titles and two Supercoppa Italiana titles. In European competitions, Roma won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1960–61 and were runners-up in the 1983–84 European Cup and the 1990–91 UEFA Cup.

Since 1953, Roma have played their home matches at the Stadio Olimpico, a venue they share with city rivals Lazio. With a capacity of over 72,000, it is the second-largest of its kind in Italy, with only the San Siro able to seat more. The club plan to move to a new stadium, though this is yet to start construction.

The club’s home colours are Tyrian purple and gold, which gives Roma their nickname “I Giallorossi” (“The Yellow and Reds”). Their club badge features a she-wolf, an allusion to the founding myth of Rome.

Honours

 

Roma fans celebrating the Scudetto in 2001 at the Circus Maximus

National titles

Serie A

Coppa Italia

Supercoppa Italiana

Serie B

European titles

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup

Hall of Fame

On 7 October 2012, the AS Roma Hall of Fame was announced. The Hall of Fame players were voted via the club’s official website and a special Hall of Fame panel. In 2013 four players were voted in. In 2014, the third year of AS Roma Hall of Fame four more players were voted in.