While most of the evening’s attention was focused on events at the Etihad, Roma quietly went about creating the biggest story of the night.
4-1 down to Barcelona from last week’s Champions League first leg at Camp Nou, the Serie A side stunned the Spanish champions-elect with a fantastic 3-0 win on the night to take them through on away goals, 4-4 on aggregate.
DAJEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeifefefbejfwjofnwjfnwjfbrufbwfubweufbewfuewbewbfwejfwjlfjfwfjlwfjbfjwfbwjfbwjofwjfnewjofnewjofnwjfnweAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! #RomaBarca 3⃣-0⃣#ASRoma #UCL
— AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma) April 10, 2018
Are you not entertained?! Is this not why you are here?!
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 10, 2018
Edin Dzeko laid down a marker for what was to come with inside the first seven minutes, and when Daniele De Rossi made it two from the penalty spot, Roma could sense that maybe the impossible was on.
When Kostas Manolas flicked on the third with less than ten minutes remaining, the roof was nearly blown off the Olimpico. Barca were stunned, many people’s favourites for the competition were now staring down the barrel of a quarter-final exit for the second year running.
Despite a late fightback, Barca couldn’t muster together a final goal and somehow, against all the odds, Roma will be joining Liverpool in the semi-final draw on Friday.
— fantastachi? (@xfantastachi) April 10, 2018
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 10, 2018
No words. Tears of joy. Grazie Roma. #RomaBarca
— Forza27 (@Forza27_RS) April 10, 2018
Barca get caught out. pic.twitter.com/YDnf17CIdv
— B/R Football (@brfootball) April 10, 2018
3 – @OfficialASRoma have become only the third side in Champions League history to overturn a 3+ goal deficit after the first leg in the knockout stages to progress after Deportivo vs Milan in 2003-04 and Barcelona vs PSG last season. Heroic. #RomaBarcellona pic.twitter.com/0CSYN2lWDE
— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) April 10, 2018
— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) April 10, 2018