Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Roma send Barca out of Champions League with incredible comeback win

Roma send Barca out of Champions League with incredible comeback win

Leading three goals up from the first leg at Camp Nou, Barca were the favourites to advance but Roma's brilliant showing at home earned them a vital 3-0 victory.

Entering the second leg with little hope and a mountain to climb, Roma started the clash with a bang as Edin Dzeko opened the floodgates for his side in the 6th minute of the match.

"It's very hard to be honest." .

"If we wanted to try something, we knew that we were playing against one of the biggest teams and obviously the first goal helped us a lot, pushed us forward even more with our great fans behind us. We knew the gap between us and them wasn't 4-1", he added.

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

It was a reversal of fortune for Barcelona, who past year pulled off the greatest comeback in Champions League history by overcoming a 4-0 loss to Paris St Germain (PSG).

Klopp masterminded a 5-1 aggregate win over Manchester City in their quarter-final clash, but will not be facing Barcelona in the last four.

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Barcelona join PSG and AC Milan (eliminated by Deportivo La Coruna in 2004) as the only teams to have been knocked out after winning the first leg by at least three goals. While Man City's elimination was still an acceptable result, Barcelona losing to the Italians despite having a 3-goal lead from the first leg was astonishing indeed.

UEFA Champions League comeback king Barcelona was dethroned in the Italian capital on Wednesday (NZST), as Roma completed one of the most unlikely turnarounds in quarter-final history.

And for 45 minutes they were not far off that level.

Barca finally came out of their shells as Roma tried to hold on to the result, but the hosts held on brilliantly to see the result out and go through to the semis for the first time since 1984, when they lost the final at home to Liverpool, Tuesday's other victors.

City can look back with some pride though on their first-half performance. They scored early and got themselves right back in the tie.

Liverpool equalised in the 56th minute when Mohamed Salah rounded City goalkeeper Ederson Moraes and clipped in after Sadio Mane's piercing run has been halted in the box.

Walter Pandiani, Juan Carlos Valeron and Albert Luque had Depor ahead on away goals before half-time, with Fran Gonzalez - who played for them in the second division in the late 80s and is still their record appearance holder - fittingly scored the fourth to make sure of their passage. Roberto Firmino robbed Nicolas Otamendi and fired in off the post in the 77th minute to seal the win.

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