Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Roma knock Barca out of UCL with stunning comeback; Liverpool into semis

Luis Suarez Luis Suarez
| 11 April, 2018, 16:57

The first leg showed us Barcelona had a lot of quality, but not as much as a few years ago.

Roma suffocated Barcelona with high pressure, prompting the Catalan club to make a series of errant passes and turnovers. The club sold Mohamed Salah, Leandro Paredes and Antonio Rüdiger in the summer, while Totti retired.

Cengiz Under, another young attacking player, scored six goals for Roma in February and March and returned from injury by coming off the bench in the second leg.

Defender Kostas Manolas scored the crucial third goal, heading in at the near post with eight minutes remaining.

That came moments before Stephan El Shaarawy, another speedy and talented winger, was denied from close range.

In the intervening three decades, they have won just one league title and four Coppa Italia titles, 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.

Barcelona's decline in recent years has often been masked by their impressive ability to continue to pick up silverware each season-something Messi should take plenty of credit for-but they're perhaps no longer the force they once were on the pitch and rely too heavily on their talisman.

"This was the best, but even better may well be yet to come".

"It was not easy to achieve such result", Dzeko said.


"But of course, tonight is unforgettable", Dzeko added.

The atmosphere inside the Stadio Olimpico was deafening as Roma unexpectedly dominated. "Nobody believed in us".

"Imperiali!" - Imperials - said the headline in Wednesday's Gazzetta dello Sport.

The last time Roma got so far in Europe's top competition was back in 1984, when the Giallorossi lost in the final on penalties to Liverpool at their own ground. Roma and Liverpool now have a place in Friday's semifinal draw at UEFA.

"This would be a great triumph for any team, but for Roma and considering our story in European competitions, it's truly incredible", De Rossi told reporters.

"It's a possibility that this might be my last game in the Champions League but right now this is hard for all the team, all of us", Barcelona captain Andrea Iniesta said after setting a record with his 22nd match in the quarterfinals.

"We can't think like we've achieved a miracle", De Rossi said.

Barcelona will look to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they face Valencia in La Liga (3.15pm).

Recommended

Tristan Thompson allegedly caught cheating on Khloé Kardashian Tristan Thompson allegedly caught cheating on Khloé Kardashian As previously reported by the Inquisitr , Khloe Kardashian is stuck in Cleveland until after the birth of her daughter. She is due to give birth to her first child - Tristan's second - within days. "Wishing peace for everyone".

Congress observes day-long fast across India for communal harmony, BJP mocks Congress observes day-long fast across India for communal harmony, BJP mocks Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government "spreads violence, hatred in the country". BJP's ideology is to divide the country, crush the Dalits, tribals, minorities.

Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial begins after delays Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial begins after delays Mesereau Jr., a high-profile criminal defense veteran who helped Michael Jackson win acquittal in his 2005 child molesting trial. Steele said Constand pursued the civil suit in 2005, after Montgomery County prosecutors declined to bring criminal charges.

F1: Vettel wins thrilling Bahrain Grand Prix F1: Vettel wins thrilling Bahrain Grand Prix Raikkonen's auto came to a halt a few meters later and he took off the steering wheel and dejectedly threw it into the cockpit. The Dutchman had already set a time good enough to progress to the second part of qualifying, however, and will start 15th.

Simmons triple-double in LeBron showdown Simmons triple-double in LeBron showdown He put up his second 40 point triple-double of the season finishing with 44 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James , right, drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons .

Germans Still Clueless About Motive in Fatal Van Attack Germans Still Clueless About Motive in Fatal Van Attack Armin Laschet, the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia state where Munster is located, toured the city on Sunday. Officials said a 51-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man were killed, while 20 others were injured.

Kim Jong Un Ready To Discuss Denuclearisation With US Kim Jong Un Ready To Discuss Denuclearisation With US Both sides have met several times in a third country to determine a location for the historic summit, U.S. officials told CNN . Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia, is another possible place to hold the meeting.

Congress 'throttling' democracy, 'abusing' people's mandate, says PM Modi Congress 'throttling' democracy, 'abusing' people's mandate, says PM Modi He interacted with workers of five Lok Sabhaconstituencies and all 734 district presidents of the party via video conference. The second half of Parliament's Budget Session, which came to a close on Friday, was not an ordinary session.

Kejriwal extends support to TDP leaders over AP's special status demand Kejriwal extends support to TDP leaders over AP's special status demand But the bifurcation was done so quickly and the promises made to the residual Andhra Pradesh is yet to be fulfilled", she said. The MPs are Y V Subbareddy, Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy, Y S Avinash Reddy, V Varaprasad Rao and P V Mithun Reddy.

Arsenal enjoy home comforts as Welbeck sinks Southampton Arsenal enjoy home comforts as Welbeck sinks Southampton Danny Welbeck scored twice as Arsenal held Southampton to win 3-2 at the Emirates in Sunday's early kick-off. And I've seen him behave when it was really hard and tough, so he deserves everything he gets.

Footballer Joey Barton makes shock prediction for Conor McGregor's next UFC fight Footballer Joey Barton makes shock prediction for Conor McGregor's next UFC fight The video showed McGregor with a group of people causing chaos as they took an elevator to the loading dock at Barclays Center. McGregor and others were seen attacking the buses , that held other fighters , with objects such as dollies and guardrails .

Mauricio Pochettino unfazed by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy´s income Mauricio Pochettino unfazed by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy´s income For a team with the kind of record Stoke have against Tottenham they displayed anything but an inferiority complex. Most thought that signalled the end of his career at Tottenham and were waiting to see what the player would say.

LeBron James throws down jam, stares down Sixers LeBron James throws down jam, stares down Sixers He's yet to play consecutive game since returning. "This was big, beating a team like that without an All-Star", Simmons said. Assuming they can hit their stride heading into the postseason, they could very well upset any of the top three seeds.

CP NewsAlert: Humboldt Broncos captain among 14 dead after Saskatchewan bus crash CP NewsAlert: Humboldt Broncos captain among 14 dead after Saskatchewan bus crash A horror crash between a truck and bus carrying Humbolt Broncos team's members and entourage has claimed the lives of 14 people. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan report that the crash occurred at roughly 5 p.m. local time on Highway 35 .

Eastern Conference playoff teams set as 76ers eliminate Pistons Eastern Conference playoff teams set as 76ers eliminate Pistons Pelicans forward E'Twaun Moore knocked down seven 3-pointers en route to 30 points in New Orleans' 123-95 rout of the Grizzlies. He also was sidelined Tuesday vs. the Brooklyn Nets at Wells Fargo Center and Wednesday gainst the Pistons in Detroit .