Roma shock Barcelona to join list of greatest Champions League comebacks

Adjust Comment Print

The two-leg tie finished 4-4 on aggregate but Roma went through to the semi-finals on away goals thanks to Edin Dzeko's 80th minute strike in their 4-1 defeat at the Nou Camp a week ago.

The enormity of Roma's Champions League comeback win against Barcelona was only matched by the scale of celebrations hilariously led by the Italian club's president.

Current mood in Barcelona.

A 3-1 first-leg loss at Stamford Bridge - having trailed 3-0 - had Barca in danger of being on the wrong end of a major 1999-00 Champions League upset prior to the Roman Abramovich era, but in the return match the Catalans showed their true class.

Roma says Pallotta was to see Raggi later Wednesday for a previously scheduled meeting.

Their capitulation climaxed minutes from time, when Kostas Manolas' late header condemned the Blaugrana to their third consecutive Champions League quarter final exit. Bet365, which is one of the world's largest bookmakers, considers Real the favorites in this game, as it gives a bet of 1.64 for their win. Barca looked rattled much of the match and Roma fully deserved to go through as they outthought, outfought and outplayed the five-time European champions.

Gabriel Jesus' goal raised belief inside Etihad Stadium that City could do what only two teams had done before tonight and overturn at least a three-goal first-leg deficit in the Champions League knockout stage.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle's invited guests don't include Trump, Turnbull, May, Obama
There has been plenty of speculation on who will make it to the guest list of #Prince Harry and #Meghan Markle . Also, British Prime Minister Theresa May will not turn up at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle .

"This would be a great triumph for any team, but for Roma and considering our story in European competitions, it's truly incredible", De Rossi told reporters.

So Roma picked him up instead from Sampdoria, where Schick scored 11 Serie A goals last season.

"They lost Mo Salah and they are in the semis", Klopp said. "We did great. This is also very important for me too as I am 34 years old". "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".

Despite their patchy domestic form, which sees them battling with Inter Milan and local rivals Lazio for a space in next season's Champions League, Roma are through to Friday's draw, where Liverpool are potential opponents, on merit.

The Giallorossi made them pay nearly immediately as Dzeko latched onto a glorious ball over the top from De Rossi and poked past Marc-Andre ter Stegen to open the scoring on six minutes.

"I am happy for the coaches and for my team-mates", said the ultimate team player after the victory.

Comments