Dzeko 'very happy' to have rejected Chelsea after Champions League heroics

Apr 11, 2018, 05:56
Dzeko 'very happy' to have rejected Chelsea after Champions League heroics

He bullied his way past Gerard Pique into the area and then went to ground under a tug and a trip, allowing De Rossi to rattle home a penalty.

However with just seven minutes left Manolas met another fizzing Kolarov corner with a unsaveable header, sparking wild celebrations on and off the pitch.

Former Manchester City man Dzeko delivered a complete centre-forward performance on Tuesday, scoring the opener - to add to his crucial away goal at Camp Nou - and winning the penalty for the second.

And following the match, Di Francesco said it was his tactical switch to a back three that set his team on their way to the historic win.

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The Citizens were already ahead courtesy of Gabriel Jesus' finish after less than two minutes, but they thought they'd doubled the lead thanks to Leroy Sane shortly before the break.

Barcelona looked rattled as Roma pressed with high intensity and threw everything at them when in possession.

The visitors won another free kick from shooting range in the 38th minute as Luis Suarez was brought down but once again Messi could not find the target from 25 yards.

The Italians continued to push for a second goal as the first half went on, with the likes of Dzeko and Schick squandering chances after 25 minutes.

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Substitute Stephane El Sharaawy scrambled a half-effort on the byline off a cross but Ter Stegen made himself big with a point-blank stop.

Roma took the lead after just six minutes when the prolific Edin Dzeko finished smartly past goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Barca hoped to reach an 11th Champions League semi-final, their last one coming three years back where they went all the way to lift their fifth continental crown in Berlin.

It was a night of upsets as at the same time in England, Liverpool came from behind to beat Manchester City 2-1 (agg 5-1) to qualify for the semi-final.

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