Roma dreaming of Kiev after magical recovery against Barcelona

Ivan Rakitic

The superb Edin Dzeko set the ball rolling in the sixth minute, and after Daniele De Rossi converted a penalty 13 minutes after the break to get the home fans believing, Manolas glanced home a brilliant header with eight minutes left to send the Roma supporters into raptures and leave Barca wondering what had hit them.

Five times European champions Barcelona were also beaten 3-0 at the quarter-final stage last season at Juventus.

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But the most joyous celebration of the night, however, was that of Roma president James Pallotta, who joined fans taking an impromptu swim in the fountain on Rome's Piazza del Popolo.

"I'm not sure you cannot concede when you've got two strikers that don't put anything into defending", he said, per MailOnline's Robert Summerscales.

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Leading 3-0 form the first leg of the tie at Anfield, the Reds had their lead cut down when Gabriel Jesus scored from Raheem sterling pass in the box just 2 minutes into the game. "We all wanted to win the competition but only one can win", Valverde added.

French sports daily L'Equipe labeled it a "Romantada" - a play on the Spanish word "remuntada", which translates as comeback.

Roma capitalized on its aerial threat through Dzeko and Patrik Schick and its stifling defense forced Barcelona into a series of uncharacteristic misplaced passes.

The last time Roma got so far in Europe's top competition was back in 1984, when the Giallorossi lost in the final on penalties to Liverpool at their own ground.

"I'm just happy that the squad has reached the Champions League semifinals by beating a great team like Barcelona", Manolas said.

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It will come as little consolation now, but Barca remain the perpetrators of the most remarkable of all Champions League comebacks.

"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.

Roma has received preliminary approval to build a long-delayed new stadium with a design inspired by the Colosseum.

Then, in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Sergi Roberto struck to create a slice of Champions League history - no side had ever turned around a four-goal first-leg deficit before.

"We can't think like we've achieved a miracle", De Rossi said. "But I knew we could beat them".

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