In the magic nights of the Champions League, everything is possible, like the miracle achieved by Rome in the Olympic stadium, coming back from a 4-1 deficit that Barcelona had achieved in the first leg at Camp Nou and getting their ticket to the semifinals.
With a completely different mentality, Roma attacked a Barcelona that was cornered and lacking in ideas. And they paid it off quickly, in the 6th minute, when Edin Dzeko got rid of Umtiti to beat 1-0 Ter Stegen.
The Italian team had to wait until the second half to take advantage of a well-executed penalty by Daniele De Rossi in the 58th minute to score the 2-0 on the board and the hope of the comeback in the fans’ hearts.
In the 82nd minute, Manolas advanced to the Catalan defense in a corner kick and scored the third goal for Rome, who needed just a 3-0, to eliminate the virtual champion of the Spanish league.
At Etihad Stadium another magical day was also completed, with a Liverpool that did not seek to sustain the 3-0 that got in Anfield against a Manchester City that can be crowned champion of the English Premier League this weekend.
The home team struck first. Just two minutes after the initial whistle, Gabriel Jesús got the "Citizens" ahead.
However, Liverpool did not ignore the game and went for more, until tying in the 56th minute through Mohamed Salah. 21 minutes later, Roberto Firmino led the Anfield to victory to get their ticket with a 5-1 aggregate that did not respond to the superiority of the undisputed leader of English football.
Two of the favorite teams fell in this quarterfinal day of the Champions League, and the Real Madrid, Sevilla, Juventus and Bayern Munich are still in the race in search of the other two places for the second-to-last event of the world’s most important club tournament.