“Roma have risen from their ruins! Manolas, the Greek God in Rome! The unthinkable unfolds before our eyes. This was not meant to happen, this could not happen… this is happening!” Peter Drury. After these lines from Drury, there is no need to explain how, when, and what happened in the match. Let see how things changed for As Roma within 90 mins.
FC Barcelona vs AS Roma one of the finest examples of never give up. As Roma was nowhere in the first leg of the Champions League at Camp Nou. In the second leg, identical 11 of FC Barcelona lost 3-0 to As Roma at Stadio Olimpico which was undoubtedly shocking for all football fans. All the football pundits predicted that it is impossible to beat Barcelona because Barcelona was in scintillating form. They were unbeaten in LA LIGA Champions League and Copa Del Rey.
In the first six minutes of the match, Edin Dzeko opened for AS Roma gives hopes to the Roma fans but it still looks impossible because Roma needs 2 goals with no reply man. Barcelona still had two goals lead from the first leg, where the Roma 4-1 at Camp Nou. Unlike the last match, Roma stopped Barcelona on the transition. Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi failed to cut Kolarov and Florenzi’s effect on transition, while Fazio and Kostas Manolas stopped every single counter from Barcelona.
AS Roma was not only in good transition but they were good at counter-attack and counter-pressing holding midfielders Nainggolan and Mr. Roma (Daniel de Rozi) were creating channels for the Edin Dzeko and young star Patrik Schick. Because of unbelievable saves from M. Ter Stegen, Dzeko and Patrik were failing to score their second goal. In the 56th minute when Pigüé bought Dzeko down, Referee shows the penalty. On 58th minute, Mr. Roma converts the penalty kick into the goal and makes 2-0 up, still, Roma needs a goal to qualify for the next round.
To Make history AS Roma needed a goal in half an hour, wait come to over at 82nd minutes when Kosata Manolas put the ball into the net from a corner kick taken by Kolarov and make the goal difference 3-0 which remains same after the 90th-minute whistle which stunned the football world (Roma qualify because of away goal difference) rest is the history. Now the question arises why Barcelona lost to AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico.
It has three reasons, Reason number one was Overconfidence. The team thought they already won the match and qualified for the next round, away game, As Roma were at home and they need to save their clan so they put extra efforts to save the city of beauty. Last but not least experienced players like Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Andres Iniesta did not take any charge when they were 2-0 down. From Valverde’s point of view, his mistake was bringing Dembele at 83rd minutes when they were already 3-0 down It was too late for the youngster Valverde could take a calculated risk and bring him just after the third goal but he did not which end their Campion.