Roma shock Barcelona, as Liverpool see-off Manchester City

The Champions League quarter-final second legs on Tuesday night saw Liverpool and incredibly Roma progress through to the last four of the competition.

Italian side Roma headed into their quarter-final second leg with Barcelona at the Stadio Olimpico 4-1 down from the first leg. It seemed an impossible task to overcome the deficit, but they did just that to win 3-0 on the night and progress on away goals.

The men from the eternal city took the lead after just six minutes, as Edin Dzeko added to his first leg goal from a Daniele De Rossi pass. Barcelona were lacklustre and the same two combined for the second goal on 58 minutes.

Gerard Pique fouled the Bosnian striker in the penalty area and captain De Rossi fired home the penalty to give the home side hope of putting off an incredible comeback. The crucial third goal arrived with just eight minutes left on the clock. The hero was an unlikely one, as Greek centre-back, Kostas Manolas headed home a corner at the near post. The home side had a scare late on as Ousmane Dembele went close, but Eusebio Di Francesco’s side held on for a historic win.

In the other semi-final, Liverpool recorded a 2-1 win at Premier League leaders Manchester City to record a 5-1 aggregate victory.

The home side had a mountain to climb after a 3-0 defeat at Anfield in the first leg. However, it looked like the comeback was on when Gabriel Jesus opening the scoring after two minutes. City saw a Leroy Sane goal disallowed for offside just the before the break, with replays showing it should have stood.

The visitors killed the game and tie off in the second half, as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino grabbed a goal apiece to complete City’s week of misery.

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