Rome goes insane over miracle comeback in Roma vs Barcelona
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Apr 11, 2018,
Apr 11, 2018, 6:00
The game marked Lionel Messi registering yet another hat-trick for the Catalan giants and he naturally starts for Ernesto Valverde's side as they seek an eighth Champions League semi-final in the last 11 seasons.
It will come as little consolation now, but Barca remain the perpetrators of the most remarkable of all Champions League comebacks.
"Coming back from 4-1 down to Barcelona is incredible just by itself, but watching the way the team played for 90 minutes - this wasn't a game where we luckily won, it just felt like the whole time we sort of had them back on their heels". They played with the same spirit that they did in Catalunya.
Roma began the second half as they had finished the first - in complete control - and were awarded a penalty in the 56th minute when Pique fouled Dzeko in the area.
Milan then failed to hold their nerve in the penalty shootout, as Jerzy Dudek's leggy antics in the Liverpool goal helped the Pole outsmart both Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko after Serginho blazed the first kick over, resulting in the Premier League side lifting their fifth European title.
Bayern Munich, already crowned Bundesliga champions, will hope to be the exception to the rule against Sevilla, with a 2-1 lead to defend in Bavaria.
An out-of-sorts Barca still looked as though they would do enough to scrape through as chances came and went for the hosts, but Manolas - who, like De Rossi, had put through his own net at Camp Nou - headed home eight minutes from time to put Eusebio Di Francesco's side in the driving seat. In he 82nd minute, Roma had a corner.
"Although we had very good performances in Serie A, we are only today reaping the rewards - the just rewards - for the hard work we have done". Thomas Vermaelen, Andre Gomes, the ineligible Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele all make way.
There was no stooping Kostas Manolas who sneaked in at the far post to head home a corner, capitalizing on poor defending on 82 minutes as De Francesco's men pulled off a major upset.