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Barcelona president fires strong message after shock Champions League exit to Roma

11 April 2018, 12:43 | Nina Mathis

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With his arms held out wide and his mouth gaping open, Kostas Manolas started running and yelling uncontrollably.

"But this is certainly one of the happiest days of my Roma career".

Roma produced one of the biggest upsets in the Champions League history, overturning last week's 4-1 first leg defeat to Barcelona with a 3-0 win, advancing with a valuable away goal.

Eusebio Di Francesco believes he deserves the credit for Roma's shock Champions League win against Barcelona as he is usually blamed when his side lose. Barcelona were the most recent to do so, ousting Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in an extraordinary second leg during last year's competition.

The atmosphere inside the Stadio Olimpico was deafening as Roma unexpectedly dominated. Dzeko drew a penalty from Barca defenders and let Daniele De Rossi, who scored an own goal in the first leg, take it. "Today is a great moment, but it's not enough", added Di Francesco.

The highly entertaining fixture took a massive turnaround as Lionel Messi was lucky not have received a red card after tripping Aleksandar Kolarov from behind but was booked in the 62nd minute.

Roma capitalized on its aerial threat through Dzeko and Patrik Schick and its stifling defense forced Barcelona into a series of uncharacteristic misplaced passes.

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"I made this choice to give us more width, allow us to have more counter-attacks and bring us more pace but what really changed was the philosophy of the side", he said. "For that reason they were better in all aspects tonight".

The scenes in the stadium and the Roma dressing room were also a joy to behold.

"We came here to try to win the match". It seems untrue, very hard to accept. But [the game] went badly, Roma were superior in every way.

Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi goes down from a challenge during the Champions League, quarterfinal. A total of 9 shots from the Blaugrana failed to produce any fruit before Kostas Manolas expertly put away Under's cross in the 82nd minute to complete a historic comeback and beat Barcelona 4-4 on aggregate, with the away goal in the first leg proving to be the ultimate difference.

The result shattered Ernesto Valverde's hopes of lifting the treble. "They were very strong with second balls and we aren't used to defending like that". The Bosnia worldwide ran onto a simple ball over the top and recovered from a poor first touch to poke past goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Midfielder De Rossi emphatically planted the penalty past Ter Stegen.

Valverde waited until the final 10 minutes to use all three of his substitutions.

He said: "I feel sorry for the fans".

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