Roma pulled off a sensational second-leg comeback to beat Barcelona 3-0 and reach the Champions League semi-finals on away goals.
By SportBrief Reporter
Roma became only the third team in Champions League history to overturn a first-leg defeat of three goals or more – Deportivo La Coruna against AC Milan in 2004 and Barcelona against Paris St-Germain last season.
Barca were heavy favourites to progress after a 4-1 first-leg win, but fell apart to Roma’s brilliant showing.
However, on this occasion, the runaway Spanish league leaders Barcelona were on the receiving end of an unthinkable result.
They had no answer to Roma’s high-tempo, energetic performance which brought a richly deserved victory.
Ex-Manchester City striker Dzeko, whose former team were knocked out by Liverpool in Tuesday’s other quarter-final, set Roma on their way by poking in from close range.
The Bosnia striker also had a header tipped over and Czech forward Patrik Schick nodded wide from a promising position.
Roma, fourth in Serie A, kept up the pressure in the second period and were awarded a penalty just before the hour mark when Gerard Pique bundled Dzeko over in the box and De Rossi despatched the spot-kick.
With time running out, Cengiz Under whipped in a cross towards the near post which Greece defender Manolas rose highest to meet and convert to spark jubilant scenes.