With a remarkable 3-0 win in their quarterfinal second-leg on Tuesday, Roma pulled off one of the great Champions League comebacks by knocking Barcelona by overcoming a 4-1 deficit from the first game to reach the last four on away goals.
Roma’s Kostas Manolas headed the decisive third goal in the 82nd minute, putting the Italians in the semifinals for the first time since they reached the European Cup final in 1984 and making amends for his own- goal in the first-leg at the Camp Nou.
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.
Captain de Rossi converted a penalty in the 58th for the host after Dzeko was fouled by Gerard Pique, giving Roma a deserved second goal after Dzeko and his Czech strike partner Patrik Schick missed two clear chances each before the break.
Barca fielded the team that thrashed Roma in the first leg with the help of two own goals and was overwhelming favourite to go through but the five-time European champion barely got a foothold in the game after falling behind to Dzeko’s opener.