The FC Barcelona have one foot in the semi-finals of the Champions League . The leaders of the Spanish Primera Division won the quarter-final first leg against AS Roma 4: 1 (1: 0) and thus made a great starting position for the return leg next Tuesday in the Italian capital.
Own goals from veteran Daniele De Rossi (38.) and Konstantinos Manolas (56.) as well as the hits of Pique (59.) and Luis Suarez (87.) sealed the success of the four-time Champions League winner. The former Wolfsburg player Edin Dzeko (80th) scored the goal for the Italians.
Barca is currently struggling against Roma
In front of 90,106 spectators at Camp Nou superstar Lionel Messi and Co. were initially very difficult. Although the hosts cheered for the alleged 1-0 lead by Suarez already in the fourth minute, the Uruguayan but was offside. Less than fifteen minutes later, former Schalke midfielder Ivan Rakitic scored the only goal for the confident Spanish league leaders.
Roma, who lost 1-6 to Barca in the group stage of the Champions League in November 2015, came under pressure after a neat start in the middle of the first half. The Roma goalkeeper Alisson, who has been courted by many clubs, saved against Suarez in the 28th minute, who has met 22 times in La Liga this season.
Ten minutes later, De Rossi involuntarily caused the deserved lead of the Blaugrana. After a contemplative pass from international Andres Iniesta on Messi 2006, the 2006 World Champion straddled and deflected the ball unsustainable for Brazil goalkeeper Alisson into its own mesh.
Rome failed in the first round, no sensible shot on goal. Lorenzo Pellegrin failed with a free kick just before the break at the well-placed wall. However, following Samuel Umtiti’s foul on Lorenzo Pellegrini, which took place on the penalty line, there would have been a penalty for Rome.
Pique makes a preliminary decision
Seconds after the break Diego Perotti had the equalizer on the head, but after this moment of shock dominated the unbeaten in the league in 37 league games hosts again. Only in front of the gate did Messi, Suarez and colleagues reveal unfamiliar weaknesses. Rome made it better at least before the own goal first. Shortly after the mistake of Manolas but then met in Pique and a player in the Barca jersey.
As a result, the resistance of the Romans, who are back for the first time in ten years in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but still not broken. Ter Stegen initially prevented the first goal twice before Dzeko struck. By AS scorer had been seen until then nothing. Suarez with his first goal in the Champions League for 13 months then let Barca cheer again.