Roma president plunges into Italian fountain after Barca miracle

Eusebio Di Francesco

Eusebio Di Francesco

Barca finally came out of their shells as Roma tried to hold on to the result, but the hosts held on brilliantly to see the result out and go through to the semis for the first time since 1984, when they lost the final at home to Liverpool, Tuesday's other victors.

De Rossi hammered in the second goal of the night from the penalty spot after Edin Dzeko had got the hosts off to the ideal start by opening the scoring after six minutes at an electric Olympic Stadium.

On April 10, 2007, Manchester United thrashed Roma 7-1 in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Current mood in Barcelona.

"I would be lying if I said we could use this as a learning experience because a year ago we went out in a similar way", added Busquets.

Being 4-1 down in aggregate in the first leg, they won the second leg by 3-0.

Roma fans celebrated throughout the night, waving flags and driving scooters around the central Piazza Venezia.

Greek defender Kostas Manolas headed home the crucial third goal from a corner with eight minutes remaining, joining de Rossi in making up for scoring in his own net in the first leg of the quarter-final tie.

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"Everyone is now affected by this but we need to bounce back because we have two competitions that we want to win".

In England, Liverpool completed the job against Manchester City, as they picked up another win at the Etihad Stadium to seal a spot in the last four of the Champions League.

"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. The club sold Mohamed Salah, Leandro Paredes and Antonio Rüdiger in the summer, while Totti retired.

Barcelona's star players simply didn't turn up, Lionel Messi included.

The Giallorossi made them pay nearly immediately as Dzeko latched onto a glorious ball over the top from De Rossi and poked past Marc-Andre ter Stegen to open the scoring on six minutes.

While opponents have failed to hurt either team domestically, they have found life tougher in the Champions League.

Bernado Silva hit the post, and Leroy Sane had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside during the game, but Liverpool fully deserved to move into the semi-final stage of the Champions league.

"The truth is that I made this choice to create more width, allow more counter-attacks and bring rapidity, but what really changed was the philosophy of the side and we have to continue like this now".

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