Roma show Barca the door!

April 10, 2018

The miracle comeback happened but it happened in Rome.

Barcelona delivered their worst performance of the season and crashed out of the Champions League losing 3-0 to Roma.

Former Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko was the hero. He got the first and it was his away goal at the Camp Nou that sent Roma through on an extraordinary night.

Lionel Messi, wearing the captain's armband, bowed his head and looked dejected after Barcelona blew a huge advantage

Edin Dzeko (left) had earlier kick-started Roma's comeback by stretching to score the game's opening goal after six minutes

Daniele De Rossi (centre) got Roma's second from the spot before picking up the ball and taking it back to the centre circle

Twenty-six-year-old centre back Manolas completed the remarkable turnaround by flicking home a header from a corner kick

ROMA: Alisson 7; Juan Jesus 7, Manolas 7, Fazio 5; Kolarov 5, Nainggolan 6 (El Shaarawy 77, 7) , De Rossi 8, Strootman 7, Florenzi 7; Schick 7 (Under 72, 7), Dzeko 9

Subs not used: Pellegrini, Gonalons, Peres, Skorupski, Gerson

Goals: Dzeko 6, De Rossi (pen) 58, Manolas 82

Booked: Fazio, Jesus

BARCELONA: Ter Stegen 7; Semedo 6 (Dembele 85), Pique 5, Umtiti 5, Alba 6; Busquets 6 (Alcacer 85), Rakitic 6, Sergi Roberto 5, Iniesta 6 (Gomes 81); Messi 6, L Suarez 6

Subs not used: D Suarez, Cillessen, Paulinho, Vermaelen

Booked: Pique, Messi, L Suarez

Roma's opener came from a six-pass move which started in their own half and ended with a long Daniele De Rossi pass finding Edin Dezko who poked in his third goal in as many games against Barca

Barcelona fell behind after just six minutes when Daniele De Rossi lofted a perfect pass from deep midfield into the path of Edin Dzeko and after a couple of touches he put it past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The Catlans were stunned. Jordi Alba and Samuel Umtiti had ushered Dzeko goalwards instead of challenging him. Both had looked across to the linesman as the ball hit the back of the net but the flag had stayed down and Roma had the start they wanted.

Sergio Roberto had a shot saved by Alisson and Lionel Messi then sent a free-kick over but Barcelona continued to look nervous at the back and Patrik Schick went close with a header but failed to make the most of the fact that Ter Stegen had come for the ball and not got anywhere near it.

Barcelona were uncharacteristically lumping the ball forward to relieve the pressure. They certainly weren’t turning Roma dizzy on their passing carousel as the watching Sir Alex Ferguson had once described their finest football.

Barcelona did not commit a single foul in the first 20 minutes – Roma committed six. They were pumped-up and no one more than captain De Rossi who had played the pass for the goal.

He clashed with Rakitic as he tried to manufacture a second. And he started the move that should have brought the next goal on the half hour.

The teams lined up on the pitch before the match while the Champions League's icon anthem played at the Stadio Olimpico

Barca led 4-1 from the first leg but did not rest either of their star strikers as Luis Suarez (top) and Lionel Messi both started

Roma took the lead on the night after six minutes as Dzeko scored his third goal in three appearances against Barcelona

Striker Dzeko grabbed the ball and raced back to the halfway line after his early goal sparked hope of a dramatic turnaround

Patrik Schick had a great chance to make it 2-0 to Roma before half time but he headed wide as Gerard Pique (right) looked on

Schick raised his hands to his face which wore a frustrated expressed after the striker missed a golden opportunity for Roma

The 34-year-old played the ball forward to Kevin Strootman who fed Alessandro Florenzi. The wing-back crossed and Schick was unmarked as he rose well but headed wide.

There was then a third Schick chance. This time it was tougher as Radja Nainggolan’s shot ran into him and he tried to stab it past Ter Stegen only for Pique to first slide in and clear the danger.

Messi was having to chase back and close Roma players down in his own half and Luis Suarez was feeding off of scraps up front alone. He was bulldozed over by a clumsy foul from Federico Fazio who was booked.

The defender almost got himself sent off when Barcelona complained about the distance of the wall. De Rossi had to talk him down before Messi stepped up and sent the free-kick over.

Dzeko had the next Roma chance and Ter Stegen had to tip his header over after he had climbed well at the back post above Nelson Semedo.

The former City striker was a threat throughout, and as the first half wound down Roma’s biggest problem was their own lack of self discipline – Juan Jesus clattered Messi and went into the book.

French referee Clement Turpin showed two yellow cards late in the first half, including one for Roma defender Federico Fazio

The referee awarded a penalty to Roma just before the hour mark after defender Pique fouled Dzeko inside the 18-yard box

Pique had grabbed the arm of the former Manchester City striker and pulled it, resulting in the ref pointing to the penalty spot

Dzeko's appeal for the penalty saw him raise both of his arms in the air and scream while he was sat on the turf inside the box

Roma captain De Rossi, who had scored an own goal in the first leg at the Nou Camp last week, stepped up to take the penalty

Midfielder De Rossi kept his cool and dispatched the spot-kick beyond Barcelona's German keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen

In the second half things got worse for Barcelona. And again it was a ball over the top for Dzeko to chase that was there undoing. With the Roma forward shaping to shoot Pique wrestled him to the ground to conceded one of the season’s clearest penalties. Pique was booked and De Rossi stepped up to drill the penalty past Ter Stegen.

Iniesta was then chopped down by Fazio and it should have been a second booking. Ernesto Valverde was furious in his technical area and pursued the fourth official. He should have been thinking about what to change because Barcelona were in trouble.

Proof of that came when Messi had to take a yellow card for a trip on Aleksandar Kolarov just to prevent another Roma attack. And more proof came when Suarez was cautioned for time wasting.

The Italians looked stronger than their tired opponents, although Barcelona broke and Iniesta found Messi only for Alisson to save his shot. It was temporary respite for Barcelona who so nearly conceded a third when Ter Stegen saved from substitute Stephan El Shaarawy at point blank range.

The next attack did beat Ter Stegen and it was the end for Barcelona. Florenzi crossed and Manolas got in ahead of Semedo to steer his header past Ter Stegen and knock Barcelona out of the Champions League.

Just as Dzeko had following his goal, De Rossi grabbed the ball from the net and returned back to his own half with urgency

Konstantinos Manolas headed in Roma's third on the night after 82 minutes to put the Italian side ahead on away goals

Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegen and a host of other players watched on as the header by Manolas crossed the goal-line

Manolas then sprinted off to celebrate and was chased by Roma team-mates, substitutes and members of backroom staff

The goal celebration took Manolas off the pitch and he ended up on his backside, sat near the stadium's running track


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