Friday, 20 April, 2018

Roma coach Di Francesco praised for invention after ousting Barca

Barcelona FC BARCELONA Barcelona
Elias Hubbard | 11 April, 2018, 12:44

Neither of the pair had a night to remember in a match in which a single Barcelona goal would have all-but guaranteed their progression, and with Radja Nainggolan, Daniele De Rossi and Kevin Strootman often overwhelming the visitors' midfield, the extra bodies could have lightened their team-mates' load.

Roma pulled off an extraordinary comeback to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League on Tuesday, winning 3-0 at home to reach the semifinals by overturning a three-goal deficit from the first leg.

"I don't care about becoming part of Roma's history". The first leg showed us Barcelona had a lot of quality, but not as much as a few years ago. Roma dominated the game, they believed in themselves.

Roma's Daniele De Rossi and Alessandro Florenzi celebrate after the match.

The Italians doubled their lead through a Daniele De Rossi penalty, then came the victor 8 minutes from full-time. - "Go Roma" in Roman dialect - followed by two heart emojis in yellow and red.

Lionel Messi in action AS Roma.

Edin Dzeko of Roma.

'We knew it would be hard, but we had that little bit of belief. "We so wanted to win this tournament but we've failed to do so again".

Iniesta added: "It's really tough". It was a bad day for us because couldn't overcome their pressure.

There will be two teams owned by Boston businessmen in the UEFA Champions League semifinals.

Roma sent favourites Barcelona crashing out with a sensational 3-0 win to reach the last four.

"All that counts is that we got to the semi-finals against the best team on the planet", Manolas said after a historic night for the Serie A club, who have made it through to the last 4 of Europe's top competition for the first time in 3 decades.

"Well when you lose a match like this you think about everything that went wrong".

They haven't conceded a goal at home in the whole competition and on Tuesday restricted Barcelona to just three shots on target despite the potent attacking firepower boasted by Ernesto Valverde's side. "They were very strong with second balls and we aren't used to defending like that".

Suarez was so frustrated at times for not receiving enough balls that he slammed both hands on the pitch on one occasion.

As well as scoring the first goal, Dzeko won the penalty which de Rossi converted, having been hauled to the floor by Gerard Pique, and it was also the Bosnian who had struck Roma's crucial away goal at the Nou Camp.

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