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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Roma believe in miracles after eliminating Barca

Edin Dzeko is in superb form

Edin Dzeko of Roma
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Eusebio Di Francesco.

How they qualified
An incredible goalkeeping performance from Alisson on matchday one earned Roma a point against Atletico Madrid when Opta's expected goals map rated the game 0.49-2.55 in favour of the Spanish side. Roma did not look back from that juncture and topped the group, scoring six goals in the Chelsea double-header.

Results and fixtures

Serie A standings

Transfer action
Jonathan Silva signed from Sporting but is not in the Champions League squad. Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea) and Hector Moreno (Sociedad) were the biggest departures.

Last-16 first leg 
Shakhtar 2 Roma 1
Roma took the lead but Shakhtar have a great home record in Europe and came back to win the game thanks to an equaliser from Newcastle reject Facundo Ferreyra and a superb free kick from hot-prospect Fred.

Last-16 second leg 
Roma 1 Shakhtar 0 
Edin Dzeko scored the only goal on the game to send Roma through on away goals.

Quarter-final first leg 
Barcelona 4 Roma 1 
There seemed little hope for Roma after Barcelona's turned on the style at Camp New. Edin Dzeko's away goal appeared nothing more than a consolation. 

Quarter-final first leg 
Roma 3 Barcelona 0 
Roma needed a miracle to qualify but they threw everything at Barca from the start and Dzeko got the first goal after six minutes. Barca nerves started jangling when Daniele De Rossi smashed in a penalty, and Roman prayers were answered by Greek god Konstantinos Manolas who scored the third to knock Barcelona out on away goals. 

Their dramatic victory over Barcelona shows anything is possible but lifting the trophy still seems a tall order. 

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Roman prayers were answered by Greek god Konstantinos Manolas who scored the third to knock Barcelona out on away goals
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