Barcelona rout Roma to close on semi-final spot

Champions League Quarter-Finals, Nou Camp - Barcelona 4 (De Rossi og 38 Manolas og 55' Pique 59' Suarez 87') Roma 1 (Dzeko 80')

Two own goals kickstarted Barcelona's win over Roma as they secured a 4-1 victory in the Champions League quarter-final first leg.
Barcelona recalled Lionel Messi to the starting line-up after their 2-2 draw against Sevilla at the weekend, and the Argentine was crucial to the home side scoring the opener.
His presence forced Daniele De Rossi to intercept an Andres Iniesta pass, sending it past Alisson in goal and inside the far post.
In the second half, another own goal - this time from Konstantinos Manolas under pressure from Samuel Umtiti - and a tap-in from Gerard Pique secured the victory, and probably progression to the semi-finals.
A late goal for Roma from Edin Dzeko gave his side hope for the return leg, but Luis Suarez's late goal seemed to kill the tie for good.
Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their fourth goal
Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their fourth goalReuters

TALKING POINT

Do Roma stand a chance of winning? Barcelona weren't at the races for much of the game but still managed to race into a 3-0 lead. Roma have an away goal, but a three-goal disadvantage. They face an awkward test of whether to attack from the opening stages in Rome, knowing that conceding a goal would kill the whole tie.
Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic gestures
Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic gesturesReuters

MAN OF THE MATCH

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona): Barcelona were clearly the better side throughout, but there were no exceptional performances. Rakitic deserves credit, though, for being the most involved in the early stages, not allowing Roma to establish themselves in the first half hour when the score was still tied.

PLAYER RATINGS

Barcelona: Ter Stegen 7, Semedo 7, Pique 7, Umtiti 6, Alba 6, Roberto 6, Busquets 6, Iniesta 7, Rakitic 8, Messi 7, Suarez 6. Subs: Denis Suárez 6, Paulinho 6, André Gomes 6.
Roma: Alisson 5, Peres 6, Fazio 6, Manolas 6, Kolarov 6, Strootman 6, De Rossi 6, Pellegrini 6, Florenzi 6, Dzeko 7, Perotti 8. Subs: Gonalons 6, El Shaarawy 6, Defrel 6.

KEY EVENTS

18' - RAKITIC HITS THE POST - Suarez takes aim from distance, and his fierce strike deflects up and away from goal after hitting Manolas. A corner on the left, Rakitic crosses. It's cleared to Rakitic again, who drills in a low cross that whips against the back post, out to Suarez who fires well over.
38' - GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Roma. De Rossi scores an own goal - Iniesta and Messi swap passes on the edge of the box. Iniesta looks to shift the ball to his right to find Messi again, forcing De Rossi to stick his leg out to intercept, and the ball flies past Alisson.
55' - GOAL! Barcelona 2-0 Roma. Manolas scores an own goal - Messi and Rakitic swap passes down the right from a corner, and Messi releases Rakitic down the wing. He crosses into the six-yard box, and with Umtiti lurking, Manolas slides out a leg to block, it strikes the post and comes back against the defender before bouncing past Alisson.
59' - GOAL! Barcelona 3-0 Roma. Pique scores - Messi trundles to the box and scoops out a pass left to Suarez. He lashes in a shot, Alisson pushes it away, and Pique is on hand to tap into an empty net.
80' - GOAL! Barcelona 3-1 Roma. Dzeko scores - Perotti glides in from the left, rolls a ball into the box for Dzeko. He holds off Alba, and fires past Ter Stegen to give Roma some hope.
87' - GOAL! Barcelona 4-1 Roma. Suarez scores - After a year of waiting, Suarez gets his Champions League goal. A cross from the left from Denis Suarez bounces to his namesake, and he smashes it past Alisson.
Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti celebrates their second goal with Nelson Semedo and team mates
Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti celebrates their second goal with Nelson Semedo and team matesReuters

KEY STATS

  • Barcelona have won 20 of their last 21 Champions League games at the Camp Nou (D1), including each of their five games this season.
  • Roma have conceded 11 goals in their three Champions League trips to Barcelona – more than against any other side on the road in the competition.
  • Roma are just the third different side to breach Barcelona’s defence at the Camp Nou in the last 10 Champions League games after PSG and Olympiakos.
  • Kostas Manolas’s own goal was the 13th that Barcelona have benefited from in the Champions League; only Real Madrid (15) have benefited from more.
  • In fact, Barcelona have benefited from five own goals this CL season, the most ever in a Champions League season.
  • Roma are just the fourth side in Champions League history to score two own goals in a single game and the first since Galatasaray in September 2015 against FC Astana.
  • Andrés Iniesta made his 21st quarter-final appearance in the Champions League; no player has more (also, Ryan Giggs and Xavi).
  • Only Roberto Carlos (16) and Ivan Helguera (15) have scored more goals than Piqué (12) amongst defenders in the Champions League.
  • Edin Dzeko has had a hand in 58% of Roma’s 12 goals in the Champions League this season (5 goals, 2 assists).
  • After failing to score with his first 30 shots in the Champions League this season, Luis Suarez finally scored with his 31st effort.