De Rossi hails coach as Roma stun Barcelona

Roma vs Barcelona LIVE: Updates from Champions League clash

Entering the second leg with little hope and a mountain to climb, Roma started the clash with a bang as Edin Dzeko opened the floodgates for his side in the 6th minute of the match.

La Liga leaders Barca have now exited Europe in the last eight in each of the last three seasons since they won the competition in 2015.

"It's hard to accept this elimination because we had a lot of hope for this season and once again it has escaped us", said Barca captain Andres Iniesta.

Roma advance to the last four for the first time since reaching the European Cup final in 1984.

The Giallorossi lost the first leg 4-1 at Camp Nou, but that Edin Dzeko away goal proved decisive to win the quarter-final.

"We had a long way to go after the first leg but all credit to the coach because he invented this formation two days ago, he drilled it into our heads and it worked wonders", midfielder de Rossi told reporters after Roma went through on away goals. "You analyze things", Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said through a translator when asked if would take the blame for the loss.

"I made this choice to give us more width, allow us to have more counter-attacks and bring us more pace but what really changed was the philosophy of the side", he said.

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Their failure to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League since their win in 2015 demonstrates as much, and prompted apologies from both Bartomeu and Valverde.

"When it comes from Milner it is not offside, and we go to half-time 2-0. We come from a good season, from a good dynamic but unfortunately today it has been cut short, and this is the end of our way in Champions League". "We had a great opportunity and we didn't seize it".

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.

Roma had to wait until the 58th minute for their next goal but Dzeko was a central figure again, holding up the ball before being hauled to the ground by defender Gerard Pique.

Greek Kostas Manolas completed the comeback with a glancing header at the near post off a corner kick in the 82nd minute.

Radja Nainggolan's volley was held by Ter Stegen as Barcelona failed to stem the flow of chances, with De Rossi heading wide shortly afterwards.

"If we wanted to try something, we knew that we were playing against one of the biggest teams and obviously the first goal helped us a lot, pushed us forward even more with our great fans behind us".

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