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The meaningful possession. The dangerous set pieces. The moments of brilliance. Barcelona has all but trademarked that stuff.

On Tuesday, Roma swiped away the patent rights. Over 90 minutes of enthusiastic and incredible drama at the Stadio Olimpico, Roma completely outclassed the powerhouse Spanish side to win 3-0 and advance to the Champions League semifinals thanks to an away goal in the first leg.

Roma’s Kostas Manolas headed the decisive third goal in the 82nd minute, putting the Italians in the semi-finals for the first time since they reached the European Cup final in 1984 and compensating for his own goal in the first leg at the Nou Camp.

Roma forward Edin Dzeko had opened the scoring when he beat the offside trap and latched onto a perfectly weighted through ball from Daniele De Rossi to score in the sixth minute, lifting the hopes of the boisterous home fans in the Olympic Stadium.

Barca fielded the team that thrashed Roma in the first leg with the help of two own goals and were overwhelming favorites to go through but the five-times European champions barely got a foothold in the game after falling behind to Dzeko’s opener.

De Rossi calmly stepped up to the spot and buried his kick to the right despite ter Stegen guessing correctly.

Barcelona is still rocketing its way toward a seventh La Liga title in the past decade and 25th overall, but the inability to make deep runs into Europe is becoming a concern, especially with Lionel Messi and other aging stars looking so vastly off the pace like they did on Tuesday.

It was a reversal of fortune for Barcelona who the last term pulled off the greatest comeback in Champions League history by overcoming a 4-0 loss to Paris St Germain, becoming only the second team after Deportivo La Coruna in 2004 to progress after losing the first leg by at least a three-goal deficit.

Barcelona is still rocketing its way toward a seventh La Liga title in the past decade and 25th overall, but the inability to make deep runs into Europe is becoming a concern, especially with Lionel Messi and other aging stars looking so vastly off the pace like they did on Tuesday.

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