Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
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Roma Stuns Barcelona 3-0, Heads to UCL Semis

Roma Stuns Barcelona 3-0, Heads to UCL Semis

Roma started the second half as they started the first and got their reward in the 58th minute when Edin Dzeko was chopped down by Gerard Pique and De Rossi slotted home the spot-kick.

Roma ended Barcelona's unbeaten run in the Champions League as they defeated the Spanish giants 3-0 in dramatic comeback at Stadio Olimpico, Tuesday night to advance to the semi-final.

But they advanced on away goals after center back Kostas Manolas scored the decider with a header from a corner in the 82nd minute amid a deafening atmosphere inside the Stadio Olimpico.

Striker Edin Dzeko had opened the scoring, after a attractive defence spliting pass 6 minute from Danielle De Rossi, who himself had bagged the second with a neatly taken penalty.

Daniele De Rossi floated the ball forward towards Edin Dzeko who went past the defence and placed the ball past Marc-Andre' Ter Stegen.

Barcelona looked rattled as Roma pressed with high intensity and threw everything at them when in possession.

Iniesta could have played his final Champions League game for Barcelona. A maiden UEFA Champions League semi-final is largely down to the talismanic striker, who gave his side reason to dream and then earned the penalty which turned those dreams to reality. Roma 2, Barcelona 0. I wonder if they can shut-down Barca tonight?

Gerard Pique and Umtiti each struggled to get the measure of Roma's frontman, which allowed him nearly free reign in offering a platform and lay the foundation for most of the hosts' precise performance.

For Ernesto Valverde, he is taking nothing for granted with Barcelona themselves overturning a four-goal deficit in their last-16 match against PSG last season.

The pressing from the hosts even forced Leo Messi into a bookable offence for stopping Aleksandar Kolarov's counter-attack, while Ter Stegen smothered a Nainggolan volley and De Rossi's glancing header flashed just wide of the far post.

Roma, who lie fourth in Serie A, qualified from the group stages at the expense of Chelsea and ahead of Atletico Madrid but were given little chance of prolonging their Champions League campaign after their mauling in Barcelona.

83rd minute: Goal. Roma.

Ter Stegen parried a Stephan El Shaarawy effort away from the goal-line shortly after he arrived from the bench, but the decisive goal would soon arrive as Manolas nodded beyond the rooted goalkeeper from Cengiz Under's corner.

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

City, 3-0 down from a week ago at Anfield, got the early goal they were looking for when Raheem Sterling robbed Virgil van Dijk - with more than a hint of a shove - near the touchline in the second minute and found Gabriel Jesus to finish.

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