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Rome goes crazy over miracle comeback in Roma vs Barcelona

Roma cause a Champions League sensation by knocking Barcelona out

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has warned that his side have not won anything yet as they look to secure their place in the semifinals of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

It was a siege and Roma finally got all those corners to pay off, as Cengiz Under found Kostas Manolas' head at the near post, getting in front of Semedo to flick it on into the far bottom corner.

"Yes, there's an accumulation of games but it's the same for Roma and every club at this stage of the season".

Barcelona entered the match holding a 4-1 advantage from the first leg at Camp Nou but were eliminated from the competition via the away goals' rule.

He also detailed how the win was just the latest in a succession of games in which Roma upset the applecart in Europe this season including coming out of a group including Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, before overcoming a risky Shakhtar Donetsk. Their 4-4-2 formation gave them no control in midfield and with Luis Suarez horribly out of form and Andres Iniesta horribly old, they were banking on Lionel Messi to conjure something at some point. Dzeko was brought down inside the penalty area by Gerard Pique and the referee pointed towards the spot after consulting with the assistant behind goal.

Roma captain Daniele De Rossi set up Dzeko's goal with a straight ball and the Bosnian striker muscled off defenders to shoot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen with his left foot.

However, as Roma went just 1-0 up at half-time it looked like Barcelona were still heading to the semifinals. We've got to play like it is 0-0 because anything can happen in a game.

Roma starting lineup (4-3-2-1 formation): Becker; Kolarov, Fazio, Manolas, Peres; Pellegrini, De Rossi, Strootman; El Shaarawy, Florenzi; Dzeko. They got rocked this weekend by Fiorentina, and have seemed a little shaky for a couple of weeks now, dating back to a deeply disappointing draw with Bologna.

DF Jordi Alba, 5 - Like Umtiti, he was culpable of bad defending for the first goal and the Spain worldwide didn't have much to offer going forward either.

Edin Dzeko scores to give Roma life in the series.

Barca had an opportunity to hit back less than two minutes later after Juan Jesus tripped the on-rushing Messi 25 yards from goal but the Argentina forward missed the target with the subsequent free-kick.

Fortunately for Roma, key midfielder Radja Nainggolan has returned from a thigh injury after missing last week's match in Barcelona. They won the second ball, the timing of their goals was important.

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