Roma produced one of the great Champions League comebacks by beating Barcelona 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico to secure a 4-4 aggregate draw and reach the semi-finals on away goals.
Barcelona were heavy favourites to progress after a 4-1 first-leg win, but fell apart to Roma’s brilliant showing. Former Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko was the hero. Six minutes after kick off, Edin Dzeko latched on to Daniele de Rossi’s long-range pass before poking the ball beyond Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
The deserved second goal came when Dzeko battled his way into the area and was tripped by a desperate Gerard Pique.
In the 58th minute things got worse for Barcelona. And again it was a ball over the top for Dzeko to chase that was there undoing. With the Roma forward shaping to shoot Pique wrestled him to the ground to conceded one of the season’s clearest penalties. Pique was booked and De Rossi stepped up to drill the penalty past Ter Stegen.
With time running out, Kostas Manolas (83) grabbed the crucial third as Roma became only the third side in Champions League history to overturn a three-goal deficit after the first leg in the knockout stages to reach the last four for only the second time in their history.
The crowd at the Stadio Olimpico erupted at the final whistle as the Roma substitutes and coaching staff piled on to the pitch to celebrate with the players. There were tears in the stands from those watching, not quite believing what they had witnessed.