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Roma president plunges into Italian fountain after Barca miracle

11 April 2018

Manolas, who along with captain Daniele De Rossi scored the two own goals at the Camp Nou that looked to have sent Roma out, was mobbed by his delirious teammates after glancing home a brilliant headed victor with 8 minutes left that sent the Roma supporters into raptures and left a dazed and confused Barca wondering what had hit them.

Salah and Roberto Firmino struck in the second half as they fought back from going a goal down on the night to reach the competition's last four for the first time in 10 years. "It's hard to accept this elimination because we had a lot of hope for this season and once again it (the Champions League) has escaped us".

"They showed attitude and for whatever reason we didn't know how to respond, or to make chances", Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said.

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Roma forward Edin Dzeko had opened the scoring when he beat the offside trap and latched onto a perfectly weighted through ball from Daniele De Rossi to score in the sixth minute, lifting the hopes of the boisterous home fans in the Olympic Stadium. "I put out the same team as last week", said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde. The Italian giants scripted an unlikely comeback from 1-4 deficit of the first leg and secured the semi-final berth after winning 4-4 on away goal advantage. "It's tough. There's nothing else to say because we are out of the Champions League and that's not something we wanted to happen". "You analyze things", Valverde said when asked if would take the blame for the loss.

The eyes of the world seemed to be on Manchester tonight and the slim chances of Manchester City overturning a three goal deficit to Liverpool in the Champions League quarter final, something that was well beyond them in the end.

"It's a huge disappointment after the season we have had until now".

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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. He bullied his way past Gerard Pique into the area and then went to ground under a tug and a trip, allowing De Rossi to rattle home a penalty.

However with just seven minutes left Manolas met another fizzing Kolarov corner with a unsaveable header, sparking wild celebrations on and off the pitch.

Most of the fans who spoke to said they were "excited about Barcelona's elimination", whiles a group of fans were dumbfounded after they discovered that the Catalans lost to the Romans.

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Roma president plunges into Italian fountain after Barca miracle