The Blaugrana defeats the Lupi at the Camp Nou stadium with a large gap. Di Francesco’s men wasted several opportunities to score.
Roma brilliantly played against one of the best teams in the world an away match in which the giallorossi would have deserved much more.
The referee changed the course of the match denying a clear penalty to Roma after Semedo‘s foul on Dzeko. Right at the end of the first-half, the referee completed the work denying the second penalty to the away team when Pellegrini was fouled right on the line of the box.
The destiny and Barcelona‘s top class players did the rest sealing the qualification for the semifinals scoring four goals, two of them gently conceded by De Rossi and Manolas.
Roma played a good match albeit the Lupi built up a double defensive wall to cage Messi and Suarez. Di Francesco‘s strategy was well-thought and implemented. The giallorossi pressed high to put in trouble Busquets and Rakitic and quickly moved back to protect its fortress.
Roma would have deserved much more from this first-leg at the Camp Nou. Although the quality of the Spanish side is definitely higher, the Italian team was not scared of counter-attacking. EDF’s side missed a few great chances to score even more. Right at the beginning of the second-half, Diego Perotti‘s header went slightly wide on the left side of ter Stegen.
The Champions League second-leg match at the Stadio Olimpico will take place on April 10, 2018. The Blaugrana confirm a clear superiority and are ready for the next round of this international competition.