Di Francesco happy to take credit for Roma's stunning win


Cape Town - Roma striker Edin Dzeko says he is over the moon after the club defeated Barcelona in Tuesday's UEFA Champions League second leg quarter-final on the away goals rule.

"I don't care about becoming part of Roma's history".

Sergio Busquets described Barcelona's loss to Roma as the worst of his career after the Spanish giants sensationally crashed out of the Champions League. The first leg showed us Barcelona had a lot of quality, but not as much as a few years ago.

The atmosphere inside the Stadio Olimpico was deafening as Roma unexpectedly dominated.

"For a team like Roma, it's truly incredible", he told Mediaset Premium.

Roma started the second half as they started the first and got their reward in the 58th minute when Edin Dzeko was chopped down by Gerard Pique and De Rossi slotted home the spot-kick.

Roma capitalized on its aerial threat through Dzeko and Patrik Schick and its stifling defense forced Barcelona into a series of uncharacteristic misplaced passes.

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"Of course we should believe we can reach the final - why wouldn't we believe?" he said. "For that reason they were better in all aspects tonight".

Roma last reached the last four of Europe's premier club competition in 1983-84 when they lost to Liverpool in the final, and they will now fancy their chances against anyone - including the Reds and former star Mohamed Salah, who defeated Manchester City in Tuesday's other quarter-final. "It's a very tough night, a sad night and one to forget, we need to apologise to the fans for how we have fallen", the midfielder said. "They could've scored two or three goals in the first half but it was 100 percent clear that if we win the ball we'd have an opportunity". Very hard to accept. "We come from a good season, from a good dynamic but unfortunately today it has been cut short, and this is the end of our way in Champions League".

"It was a long way from that to winning 3-0 and not conceding at home, but all credit to the coach".

The Catalan side threw all they had at Roma but their defence stood their ground as the match ended in an emphatic 3-0 scoreline and 4-4 on aggregate as the Italian side qualified into the last four.

"Well when you lose a match like this you think about everything that went wrong. I put out the same team as last week", said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.

"We will come back stronger next season". The Bosnia global ran onto a simple ball over the top and recovered from a poor first touch to poke past goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Suarez was so frustrated at times for not receiving enough balls that he slammed both hands on the pitch on one occasion.