Barcelona v Roma – story of the match
The Spanish giants have one foot in the semi-finals.
Luis Suarez scored his first Champions League goal of the season to earn Barcelona a 4-1 victory over Roma in the first leg of their quarter-final.
The Catalans were not at their sparkling best but still proved far too good for Roma, who were unfortunate to score two own goals through Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas before Gerard Pique added a third.
Edin Dzeko pulled one back in the 80th minute to keep Roma just about in the tie but Suarez netted three minutes from time to put Barca within sight of a first semi-final appearance in the competition for three seasons.
Tweet of the match
Star man – Ivan Rakitic
The Croatian did not exactly upstage Lionel Messi but he was arguably Barca’s most impressive attacker. After hitting a post with a clever effort in the first half, Rakitic set up the second goal and created several other chances with precision passes.
Stat of the day
By playing in his 21st Champions League quarter-final, Andres Iniesta equalled the record held by Ryan Giggs and his former Barca team-mate Xavi.
5 - Barcelona have benefited from more own goals this CL season than any other team has in one season in Champions League history. Helpful.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) April 4, 2018
After failing to find the net, Messi’s position as Barcelona’s leading scorer in the Champions League this season is under threat from an unlikely source – own goals. Messi has scored six times in the competition this season while De Rossi and Manolas’ unfortunate moments took the tally of own goals Barca have benefited from to five.
Barcelona 4-1 Roma FT:— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 4, 2018
Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique add to two own goals to give Barcelona a three-goal advantage going into the second leg 👏 pic.twitter.com/Gz20YKLp28
Barcelona: Marc-Andre ter Stegen 6, Nelson Semedo 6, Samuel Umtiti 6, Gerard Pique 7, Jordi Alba 7, Sergio Busquets 6, Sergi Roberto 6, Ivan Rakitic 8, Andres Iniesta 7, Luis Suarez 6, Lionel Messi 7. Substitutes: Paulinho (for Busquets, 66) 6, Andre Gomes (for Roberto, 83) 5, Denis Suarez (for Iniesta, 85) 5.
Roma: Alisson 7, Bruno Peres 6, Federico Fazio 6, Kostas Manolas 6, Aleksandar Kolarov 6, Lorenzo Pellegrini 6, Daniele De Rossi 7, Kevin Strootman 6, Alessandro Florenzi 6, Diego Perotti 6, Edin Dzeko 7. Substitutes: Maxime Gonalons (for Pellegrini, 60) 4, Stephan El Shaarawy (for Florenzi, 72) 5, Gregoire Defrel (for De Rossi, 77) 5.
Who’s up next?
Barcelona v Leganes (LaLiga, April 7)
Roma v Fiorentina (Serie A, April 7)