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Roma 3-0 Barcelona: Messi & Co dumped out of UEFA CL

Champions League By: Ambrose Udeme | 10/04/2018

Lionel Messi and his Barcelona gang were sent packing from the 2017/18 UEFA Champions campaign as Roma staged a stunning comeback at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday to win 3-0 and progress to the semi-final of the competition with an away goal advantage following a 4-4 aggregate scoreline.

Barcelona went into the game with a three-goal cushion following a comfortable 4-1 first leg victory last Wednesday at Camp Nou.

Edin Dzeko's early goal pulled one back for Roma against a below-par Barcelona for a first-half lead.

After the break, Gerard Pique dragged down Edin Dzeko in the box and Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andre ter-Stegen got a hand to the ball but the strike was too powerful to stop as Daniele de Rossi pulled Roma back within a goal.

Roma then completed the unlikeliest of comebacks as Kostas Manolas flicked a brilliant header in at the far post from a corner and Roma were through on away goals - deservedly so.

SETTING THE SCENE

Barcelona named a full-strength XI for the showdown against Roma who welcomed Radja Nainggolan back into the squad.

Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba and Andres Iniesta who were rested for Barca’s 3-1 win against Leganes at the weekend are returned to the Catalans' starting XI.

Philippe Coutinho missed out due to being cup-tied, while Lucas Digne remained sidelined with a thigh injury.

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

The Catalans were well in control of this tie, having taken a 4-1 lead in last week’s first leg at Camp Nou.

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