Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Roma shock Barcelona to join list of greatest Champions League comebacks

Roma shock Barcelona to join list of greatest Champions League comebacks

Bosnia's Edin Dzeko started Roma revival in the 6th minute, when he beat the offside trap and latched onto a perfected weighted through ball from Daniele de Rossi. He bullied his way past Gerard Pique into the area and then went to ground under a tug and a trip, allowing De Rossi to rattle home a penalty.

The Blaugrana lost 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, despite carrying a 4-1 first-leg lead into the game, to lose on away goals on a night when Liverpool completed the job against Manchester City.

Barca had an opportunity to hit back less than two minutes later after Juan Jesus tripped the on-rushing Messi 25 yards from goal, but the Argentina forward missed the target with the subsequent free kick.

Monaco were an unexpected member of the last eight in the 2003-04 Champions League and had seemingly been put in their place after losing 4-2 at Real Madrid in the first leg, even if Fernando Morientes - on loan from the Spanish giants - netted their second late on to give them a chance.

Barca struggled to carve out openings and Roma went close again after 37 minutes through Florenzi, who rose above his marker before seeing his header tipped over the bar by Ter Stegen.

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Despite conceding the first goal in just the second minute, Liverpool kept their calm and struck in the second half.

The Italians managed to carve out another chance in the 69th minute but Ter Stegen was on hand to keep out Kevin Strootman's effort from distance.

They do have an away goal in their advantage, but they need to score three times while keeping Barcelona silent for that to count for anything. Substitutes: Cengiz Under (for Schick, 72) 7, Stephan El Shaarawy (for Nainggolan, 72) 7.

Alongside Manchester City, Barcelona were one of the favourite to win this year's Champions League, but we will see semi-finals featuring Liverpool and Roma instead.

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