Barcelona finished the night with a 4-1 win over AS Roma at Camp Nou. Ernesto Valverde’s men did see a lot of ball, almost 60% of it throughout the 90 but really struggled to get going. The first half was a poor display from both sides with the ball being passed around without any real intent.
However, Barcelona did manage to break the deadlock in the 38th minute. A quick set of one-twos on the edge of the box was about to lay Messi off with an open shot on goal but Danielle De Rossi unfortunate interception somehow ended up at the back of the net. 1-0
Barcelona were out of sorts, but Roma were out of luck. A deeply forgettable first leg sees the Catalan side all-but in the semi-finals, but the scoreline fails to tell the tale.
Otherwise, things did get scrappy inside the penalty box for both teams but all ruled out by the referee. Andres Iniesta, Edin Dzeko, Florenzi and even Messi himself was down in the 18-yard box.
Lorenzo Pellegrini did get tripped at the edge of the penalty area but disappointed by hitting the freekick wide from goal.
The second half started off remarkably well for the visitors as just a few seconds from the whistle, Perotti found himself open on goal. But the header travelled wide from goal, a howler to say the least.
The luck shifted hands again in the 55th minute as Samuel Umtiti’s ricocheted header hit Kostas Manolas and ended up at the back of the net. 2-0.
Gerard Pique made it 3-0 just minutes later from a rebound close to the…