Barcelona president fires strong message after shock Champions League exit to Roma

Barcelona president fires strong message after shock Champions League exit to Roma

Roma president, James Pallotta, has claimed that he invited former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, to watch the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Barcelona, so he could bring them "good luck". Roma, the fourth-place team in Serie A, crushed Barcelona 3-0 to advance on away goals, finishing on aggregate 4-4 in a game that nobody could have predicted, not even Vicky Valencourt. Striker Edin Dzeko had opened the scoring, after a lovely defence spliting pass 6 minute from Danielle De Rossi, who himself had bagged the second with a neatly taken penalty.

The local hero was also the architect of the brilliant Edin Dzeko's 6th-minute opener, floating a pinpoint pass that the Bosnian took down expertly and poked past Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

'It would've been a triumph for any team, but particularly for us, for the dimension Roma have always had in Europe, it's truly incredible, ' De Rossi told Mediaset Premium.

Trailing 3-0 from the first leg, City made the early inroad they needed when Raheem Sterling burst away and crossed for Gabriel Jesus to sweep past Loris Karius after only two minutes.

Roma doubled their tally in the 58th minute when Dzeko was chopped down by Gerard Pique and De Rossi slotted home the spot-kick.

His header from a corner in the 82nd minute Tuesday put Roma into the Champions League semifinals and knocked out five-time champion Barcelona following one of the most extraordinary comebacks the competition has ever seen.

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Ter Stegen was again helpless when Manolas headed inside the far post.

It's the first time that Roma has reached the last four since it lost the 1984 final to Liverpool on penalties in its own stadium - and it's the third straight year that Barcelona has been eliminated at this stage. "So I am absolutely responsible for everything". "It's hard to accept this elimination because we had a lot of hope for this season and once again it (the Champions League) has escaped us".

The result shattered Ernesto Valverde's hopes of lifting the treble.

"It is a painful defeat. We have to keep looking ahead". Now we must lick our wounds.

In the intervening three decades they have won just one league title and four Italian Cups, but after seeing off what winning goalscorer Manolas called "the best team on the planet", coach Eusebio Di Francesco wants his team to aim for May's final in the Ukrainian capital.

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