Preview - Roma vs Barcelona 11 April 2018

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Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg
Roma vs. Barcelona
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Last five matches form:  W W D L L
CL Average goals per match: 1.33
CL Average goals against per match: 1.33
CL Top Scorer: Edin Dzeko (5)

Last five matches form: W W D W W
CL Average goals per match: 1.89
CL Average goals against per match: 0.33
CL Top Scorer: Lionel Messi (6)

First Leg Score: Roma 1 - 4 Barcelona

Another of the quarter final ties where all the hard works seems to have been done in the opening leg. It is Roma who are up against it here, facing the task of overhauling a three goal deficit against one of the best sides in Europe.

Radja Nainggolan remains an injury doubt for Roma who otherwise head into the fixture with a relatively healthy squad.

Jordi Alba, Paulinho, Samuel Umtiti and Andres Iniesta were all rested at the weekend for Barcelona ahead of this game, suggesting Barca very much have their eye on the ball despite the dominant advantage they hold. Sergio Busquets however remains a doubt.

In Roma's favour is the fact that Barca have been far from prolific on the road in Europe this season, registering just the two goals in four outings. On the flipside they don't concede many either, just the one in fact, in the 1-1 away draw at Chelsea.

This really does look an impossible task for Roma. They are yet to concede at the Stadio Olimpico in the Champions league this term but haven't faced anything like the attacking might of Barcelona at home yet. The fact that they will have to go on the front foot, probably from an early stage, may well play into the visitor's hands and Barca should comfortably progress.

Prediction: Roma 1 - 2 Barcelona


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Aggregate: 4 - 4 (Roma qualify on away goals)
Shots: 17 - 9
Shots on target: 6 - 3
Corner Kicks: 6 - 3
Possession: 43% - 57%

Federico Fazio and Juan Jesus were booked for Roma. Referee Clement Turpin also issued yellow cards to Gerard Pique, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez of Barcelona.

Few saw this one coming as Roma pulled off a miraculous comeback in the capital to put Lionel Messi and Barcelona to the sword. Trailing 4-1 from the opening leg, it looked like they needed a miracle to progress. In the end they manufactured that miracle for themselves with a hugely spirited display.

Step one of the comeback was achieved when the home side got the early goal they craved. Daniele De Rossi lumping a long ball forward into the path of Edin Dzeko. The big striker expertly brought the ball down and with Marc-Andre ter Stegen seeming reluctant to come off his line, kept his cool to toe poke into the net.

Very little from Barca from an attacking point of view in the opening period and we headed into the break at 1-0.

In the 58th minute another long ball towards Dzeko caused havoc in the Barcelona defence. Dzeko again bringing the ball down well, but this time being crudely brought down as he approached the six yard box. Penalty kick Roma. Daniele De Ross stepped up to convert and now the comeback really did look on.

Roma kept Barcelona remarkably well shackled throughout here, but as the minutes ticked by were struggling to create that one last chance themselves. They did continue to press though and Kolarov was denied from close range in the 78th minute.

Just four minutes later the Stadio Olimpico erupted. Cengiz Under spinning a corner into the near post and Konstantinos Manolas cutting in front of everyone to glance a header across the keeper and into the far corner.

Barcelona out!

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