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.
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.
3 – @OfficialASRoma have become only the third side in Champions League history to overturn a 3+ goal deficit after the first leg in the knockout stages to progress after Deportivo vs Milan in 2003-04 and Barcelona vs PSG last season. Heroic. #RomaBarcellona pic.twitter.com/0CSYN2lWDE
— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) April 10, 2018
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.