Barcelona v. Roma Champions League Recap
Last Tuesday Barcelona and Roma finished off the second leg match of the Champions League quarter-final. The results of the second match were pretty surprising for Roma because they had gone down a few goals in the first match with Barcelona. Saved by Kostas Manolas in the 82nd minute with a goal, Roma will advance to the semi-finals against Liverpool. Both legs (games) between Barcelona and Roma had a score difference of three, and over the course of the two games the score was 4-4, but Roma advanced because they scored more goals away from their home field.
The first game was dominated by Barcelona with a 4-1 victory at their home field. With two own to put them down 0-2, Roma’s biggest problem was themselves. Just a few minutes later Barcelona center back Gerard Pique made it all the way up the field and scored on a counter attack to make it 3-0 late in the second half, essentially ending the game for Roma. Although Roma pulled one back ten minutes before the final whistle, Barcelona’s Luis Suarez replied right before the final whistle, making the score 4-1 and ending the first leg.
With a lot of catching up to do, Roma came out fired up at their home field. They needed at least three goals without conceding any, and at least four if they conceded one. Right off the bat, Edin Džeko scored in 6th minute to bring Roma one goal closer to the semi-finals. The score remained 1-0 until Gerard Pique took down Džeko in the penalty box. Roma was awarded a penalty which they scored, and Pique picked up a yellow card, the score now 2-0 late in the second half. As the clock ticked down, Roma was panicking for a third goal, lucky for them they found themselves with a corner kick in the 82nd minute. Roma center back Kostas Manolas stepped up with a huge header goal to put the score to a winning 3-0 and put Roma through to the semi-finals of the Champions League. This defeat was a major upset for Barcelona fans, as they typically expect their team to be at the top of tournaments with star players like Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. With momentum on their side, Roma will certainly be a team to look out for this week in the semifinals and potentially the championship.