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Roma’s Italian job against Barca: A miracle comeback

Roma pulled off an astonishing comeback in their 3-0 Champions League quarter-final triumph against Barcelona to seal a place in the semi-finals of the competition.
Barca’s blues in the quarter-finals of the Champions League continued as they suffered the third elimination in a row at this stage of the tournament. Many football fans were fixated on the Man City vs. Liverpool clash hoping for the Cityzens backlash, but it was Roma who had other ideas staging a miracle comeback in the eternal city of Rome.

The Catalans entered the tie with a comfortable 4-1 lead from the first leg. However, Roma showed from the start that they wanted it more. Edin Dzeko who scored the away goal opened the account 6 minutes into the match. In the 58th minute, Daniele de Rossi converted from the spot to make it 4-3 on aggregate. With 8 minutes left on the clock, Kostas Manolas powered in a header to complete the turnaround and sent the Roma fans into raptures.

Roma players celebrate their win over Barca

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Whatever on earth that prevented FC Barcelona from scoring an away goal even with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the team remains a mystery. The display at the Stadio Olimpico was shambolic and a clear case of complacency which was reminiscent of their La Liga game vs. Sevilla, thankfully they had Messi to save their blushes. Unfortunately, it was the contrary in Rome.
Eusebio Di Francesco’s side deserves all the plaudits and praise considering how they pressed the Catalans all over the pitch and produced an excellent performance to keep a clean sheet.

The win over Barca secured a place in the semi-finals for the first time since 1984 when the equally reached the finals but unfortunately lost to Liverpool on spot-kicks. Meanwhile, the defeat spells the end to Ernesto Valverde’s hopes of a treble in his debut season. The best bet for a trophy is the La Liga title and a likely double in the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla.

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Travis studied at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Cultural and Diversity faculty) in 2010. He began his journalism career almost 8 years ago, working in the weekly newspaper industry and world web. During his professional career, he traveled to UK, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, and India. He had joined FootballWood.com team at the beginning of 2016. Today Travis is MSc, Journalist of our project. Besides, he continues working with biggest brands and companies in the world due to his professional passion to writing and traveling. He had the pleasures of meeting international events and writing about major leagues, transfers, hot news, etc. Travis is a football enthusiastic writer and he has analyzed and described almost every major events during 2016 season. Contact Travis Mokey on personal e-mail: [email protected]

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