Roma complete miraculous comeback to oust Barca from Champions League

A spectacular second-leg performance saw Roma comeback and defeat Barcelona 3-0 (4-4 on aggregate) and reach the Champions League semi-finals on their sole away goal.

Barca were huge favourites to progress after a 4-1 first-leg win, but they were utterly dismantled at Stadio Olimpico.

There were early signs of danger as Roma got a dream start when Edin Dzeko struck early from close range and Daniele de Rossi added a second-half penalty as Gerard Pique bundled Dzeko over in the box.

With time running out, defender Kostas Manolas scored the crucial third goal, heading Cengiz Under’s cross in at the near post with eight minutes remaining.

The goals by de Rossi and Manolas also meant that the pair would make amends for their own-goal blunders in the first-leg at the Camp Nou last week.

The crowd at the Stadio Olimpico erupted at the final whistle as the Roma substitutes and coaching staff piled on to the pitch to celebrated with the players — it had taken the team 34 years to reach this stage of the competition.

There were tears in the stands from those watching, not quite believing what they had witnessed, while Barca, unbeaten in La Liga, saw their dreams for a treble extinguished.

“It is difficult to believe but we did it and did it in style,” Dzeko said after the game. “Nobody believed in us before the game — they gave us a 5% chance of winning — but against such a team like Barcelona, you expect that after losing the first game 4-1.”

“The win is difficult to describe. We lost against Fiorentina in the league three days ago but we played an amazing game today and had even more chances to score. It was great teamwork from the first to the last minute. It is the first time in history to knock out Barcelona 3-0 and that makes it even more special.”

“We will enjoy the semi-finals — I do not fear anyone. They are all top teams. I am just happy to see my team in the draw.”

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