The atmosphere inside the Stadio Olimpico was deafening as Roma unexpectedly dominated.
'It would've been a triumph for any team, but particularly for us, for the dimension Roma have always had in Europe, it's truly incredible, ' De Rossi told Mediaset Premium.
Unanswered goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas in Rome, saw the hosts progress to the final four amid wild scenes in the Italian capital. - "Go Roma" in Roman dialect - followed by two heart emojis in yellow and red.
Led by Lionel Messi, the Catalans registered a total of 9 shots, of which only a disappointing total of 3 were on target.
Edin Dzeko of Roma.
Two-nil against that team is a little bit different. "For that reason they were better in all aspects tonight".
The runaway La Liga leaders had not lost in the Champions League this term until visiting Rome but slumped out at the quarter-final stage for the third year in a row after being eliminated by Juventus last season and Atletico Madrid in 2016. "It's tough. There's nothing else to say because we are out of the Champions League and that's not something we wanted to happen". "There's lots of excitement surrounding this competition and we have failed again". Very hard to accept. But [the game] went badly, Roma were superior in every way.
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It almost cost his wicket too when he was caught at long-on, but Mandeep Singh couldn't stop himself from stepping on the ropes. Johnson picked his first wicket of the match by picking up Sarfaraz Khan, who was caught by Rinku Singh at the long on.
It was De Rossi's first Champions League goal since October 2015.
Liverpool also reached the semifinals after recovering from conceding a goal inside two minutes against Manchester City to win 2-1 thanks to second-half strikes by former Roma striker Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Deportivo trailed AC Milan 4-1 before winning the second leg 4-0 in 2004 and Barcelona infamously won their second leg against PSG 6-1 in 2017.
"Well when you lose a match like this you think about everything that went wrong".
Ernesto Valverde's side were swamped by Roma's high pressing and struggled to get hold of the ball as they were bullied in the air by the more physical Italian side, who inflicted the damage with long balls over the top and frequent crosses.
"We will come back stronger next season".
Roma's fans faced an anxious wait after Dzeko was brought down by Gerard Pique in the 58th minute but after a few moments' hesitation, the referee pointed to the spot. Midfielder De Rossi emphatically planted the penalty past Ter Stegen.
But three minutes later, the Barcelona goalkeeper had no chance when Manolas headed inside the far post.