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AS Roma Stage A Stunning Comeback To Eliminate Barcelona

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Barcelona were sent packing from the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League campaign as AS Roma staged a stunning and awesome comeback at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday to win 3-0 and progress to the semi-final of the competition with an away goal advantage in a 4-4 aggregate score.

90% of the footballing fans believe that the Spanish side were as good as through after their 4-1 first-leg triumph, but the Italians stunned the world with hair-raising performances at the Stadio Olimpico.

Edin Dzeko got Giallorossi to a dream start at an opportune time as he latches onto a wonderfully weighted ball from Daniele De Rossi to carry the ball under his spell with his chest, hold off his marker and stab the ball past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to open the scoring.

Manolas completed the remarkable turnaround by flicking home a header

Two second-half goals by De Rossi and Manolas confirmed Barcelona’s exit fate as the Italians inflicted a painful end to their visitor’s campaign in this season’s UEFA Champions League.

The Italians ruled all through and were completely meriting the win both in the match and on aggregate, which finished level 4-4 with Roma owning the away goal with a sudden death round.

It was Barcelona’s poorest performances of the season, most importantly in their defensive line as the home side were overpowered and outflanked every step of the way. Full credit to the Italian side for their resilience setting forth a masterclass and achieved a stunning comeback that will long live in Champions League lore.

Manolas (centre) scored in the 82nd minute to put Roma 3-0 ahead on the night and in front on away goals

There were scenes of pure joy after the final whistle

Lionel Messi, wearing the captain’s armband, bowed his head and looked dejected

 

 

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