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Barcelona powered past Roma in the first leg of their Champions League clash at the Nou Camp

In UEFA Champions League at the quarter final of first leg, Italian Roma will face Barcelona at the Camp Nou in next Wednesday at night.

Two deeply unfortunate own goals either side of half-time from Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas put the spirited Giallorossi on the precipice and when Gerard Pique tapped home the third Roma were left with one foot out of the competition.

1 - Excluding qualifiers, Roma have won just one of their last 13 Champions League away games (2-1 against Qarabag in September), losing seven and drawing five.

More misfortune did for Roma in the 55th minute, though.

The visitors did get their name on the scoresheet in the 80th minute, however, when Dzeko collected a low cross from Perotti before finding the bottom corner with a smart finish.

There was once again a reliance on Messi, as there was in Sevilla at the weekend when the Argentine forward came off the bench, half fit, and turned the game around.

Despite the goal going down as an OG.

MF Lorenzo Pellegrini, 5 - Not 100 percent fit and it showed.

While the Reds thrashed City 3-0 at Anfield, there were more goals in the second match where Barcelona thumped Roma 4-1. In Barca, there are something more excluding Messi he believes.

After Cristiano Ronaldo's spectacular bicycle kick for Real Madrid on Tuesday, even Lionel Messi, back from injury, endured a slightly frustrating night, his shots and dribbles for once meeting opponents rather than the net.

"Watching their group games, it wasn't a surprise that Roma were top, nor is it a surprise that they are in the quarter-finals", Valverde said.

Two own goals set Barcelona cruising in a ideal first leg result for the Spanish giants.

In 2015 November at the round of last sixteen in Champions League, Roma faced Barca.

In the day's other match, Barcelona host Roma with the Serie A side needing to reverse recent history if they are to register a positive result against Ernesto Valverde's side. We scored the goals we merited, they attacked us and got the goal they were looking for, which made our fourth very important'. Other than whistles that greeted a Roma freekick on the edge of the box in the first half, the only noise that was coming from the imposing stands were groans in demand that the Catalans up their game.

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