Roma dreaming of Kiev after magical recovery against Barcelona

Roma dreaming of Kiev after magical recovery against Barcelona

Roma dreaming of Kiev after magical recovery against Barcelona

There was a massive, unthinkable come-from-behind win in the Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday, and it wasn't Manchester City over Liverpool.

"No we didn't come here with that spirit", Valverde said.

"It was a long way from that to winning 3-0 and not conceding at home, but all credit to the coach".

But they advanced on away goals after center back Kostas Manolas scored the decider with a header from a corner in the 82nd minute amid a deafening atmosphere inside the Stadio Olimpico.

They are only the third team ever to win a Champions League knockout tie having lost the first leg by such a large margin.

Despite their patchy domestic form, which sees them battling with Inter Milan and local rivals Lazio for a space in next season's Champions League, Roma are through to Friday's draw - where Liverpool are potential opponents - on merit.

"It's a huge disappointment after the season we have had until now".

Manolas, who along with captain Daniele De Rossi scored the two own goals at the Camp Nou that looked to have sent Roma out, was mobbed by his delirious teammates after glancing home a brilliant headed victor with 8 minutes left that sent the Roma supporters into raptures and left a dazed and confused Barca wondering what had hit them.

Roma's victory took the Italians into the European Cup semi-finals for the first time in 34 years.

Dzeko also waxed lyrical about his side's tactics and said he played with more freedom alongside Patrik Schick in attack, with Radja Nainggolan, who missed the first leg with injury, behind them.

"If we wanted to try something, we knew that we were playing against one of the biggest teams and obviously the first goal helped us a lot, pushed us forward even more with our great fans behind us".

Roma had to wait until the 58th minute for their next goal but Dzeko was a central figure again, holding up the ball before being hauled to the ground by defender Gerard Pique. Of course we regret it for us, but especially for our fans, the people that we represent.

"But we made an outstanding 45 minutes, really good". "Tonight we proved we can play against anyone, as Barcelona are such a strong side".

At this point it was a 4-4 aggregate score but Roma had the away goal advantage and Barca knew they needed to score to stand a chance of qualifying into the next round.

Manager Di Francesco said the aim of the change in formation was to make his side more risky down the flanks and also praised his players for their near-perfect display.

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