Champions League quarterfinals - Bookmaker's view

Tyler Owen
April 11, 2018

Barcelona were struggling to get any foothold in the game and doubt quickly spiralled into fear when Roma's Daniele de Rossi clawed another goal back from the penalty spot.

Against all the odds, Roma reversed a three-goal deficit carried over from the first leg to send Barcelona spiralling out of the Champions League at the quarterfinal stage.

Current mood in Barcelona.

"What I would really like to do", said Klopp, who reached the 2013 final with Borussia Dortmund, "is to drink a beer and watch a Champions League game".

Jurgen Klopp side made it 4-1 on aggregate 10 minutes into the second half with a clean Mohamed Salah strike, before Roberto Firmino scored the victor for the night to end the game 5-1 on aggregate.

"It was something nearly impossible", Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan said, "but in the end it became possible".

Their capitulation climaxed minutes from time, when Kostas Manolas' late header condemned the Blaugrana to their third consecutive Champions League quarter final exit.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin in February said that video technology would not be introduced for European competitions next season, citing "lots of confusion". "So I am absolutely responsible for everything".

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Roma reluctantly sold Salah last June.

Barcelona's star players simply didn't turn up, Lionel Messi included.

"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.

Liverpool, which beat Roma in the 1984 final, will be contesting its first Champions League semifinal in a decade.

"I don't want a side that rests on its laurels or thinks it doesn't matter how the game goes".

Monaco were an unexpected member of the last eight in the 2003-04 Champions League and had seemingly been put in their place after losing 4-2 at Real Madrid in the first leg, even if Fernando Morientes - on loan from the Spanish giants - netted their second late on to give them a chance.

Most of the fans who spoke to said they were "excited about Barcelona's elimination", whiles a group of fans were dumbfounded after they discovered that the Catalans lost to the Romans.

While opponents have failed to hurt either team domestically, they have found life tougher in the Champions League. "But I'm more happy for the team that they get an opportunity to compete against the best teams, with only four left".

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