Roma ‘remontada’ stuns Barca

Barcelona were deservedly dumped out of the Champions League quarter-finals after they fell to the hands of a Roma 'remontada' on Tuesday.

See how the showdown unfolded at the Olimpico with our liveblog!

Barely a year on from overturning a 4-0 deficit against Paris-Saint-Germain, Barca threw away a 4-1 lead against Roma, who completed the comeback, beating the Catalans 3-0 to join Liverpool in the last four.

Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba and Andres Iniesta were rested at the weekend, but they all returned to the XI, whereas Philippe Coutinho missed out due to being cup-tied and Lucas Digne remained sidelined with a thigh injury.

The Giallorossi, on the other hand, shook things up, switching to a 3-4-1-2 formation, with Radja Nainggolan in the hole and Cengiz Under a substitute.

Barca appeared to be well in control of the tie, but their 4-1 win last week was aided by two own goals, and Ernesto Valverde's side were never at the races in Rome.

It took just six minutes for Roma to break the deadlock Edin Dzeko squeezed between two Barca defenders from a long ball over the top, before coolly poking past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The Italians’ pressing game caused huge problems for Valverde, and Gerard Pique was forced into a desperate tackle, just as Aleksandar Kolarov was pulling the trigger from eight yards out.

Patrik Schick should’ve done better with a free header inches wide from Federico Fazio’s cross, but when Dzeko did moments later, Ter Stegen was on hand to fingertip his aerial effort over the crossbar.

Roma continued to pin Barca back and were rewarded in the form of a penalty after Dzeko was pulled down and tripped by Pique in the box.

Daniele De Rossi blasted his spot-kick into Ter Stegen’s bottom right, thereby making up for his own goal in the first leg and blowing the tie wide open.

Fazio almost ruined all of the Giallorossi’s good work with a clumsy tackle on Iniesta, but he avoided a second yellow card.

The chances kept coming for Roma, but Ter Stegen smothered a Nainggolan volley and De Rossi’s glancing header flashed just wide of the far post.

Stephan El Shaarawy was nearly the Lupi’s super-sub, but his flicked finish at the back post was sensationally pushed away by Ter Stegen from point-blank range.

Nonetheless, Cengiz found Kostas Manolas’ head at the near post, and the defender got in front of Nelson Semedo to glance the corner across the German and into his bottom-left corner.

It was sweet revenge for Roma’s goalscorers, both of whom had put into their own net at Camp Nou.

Roma 3-0 Barcelona (4-4 agg, Roma through on away goals)

Dzeko 6, De Rossi pen 58, Manolas 82

Roma: Alisson; Manolas, Fazio, Juan Jesus; Florenzi, Strootman, De Rossi, Kolarov; Nainggolan (El Shaarawy 77); Schick (Cengiz 73), Dzeko

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo (Dembele 85), Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Sergi Roberto, Busquets (Alcacer 85), Rakitic, Iniesta (Gomes 81); Messi, Suarez

Referee: Turpin (FRA)

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