Roma are predicting a whole new wave of fans in nine months’ time after their incredible Champions League upset of Barcelona sparked euphoric scenes in the Italian capital.
Eusebio Di Francesco’s underdogs battled back from a 4-1 first-leg deficit to win 3-0 at Stadio Olimpico and advance to the semi-finals on away goals.
The extraordinary comeback sent players and fans alike into delirium, leading the Giallorossi to post a cheeky update on Twitter about the passion of the celebrations.
It seems Rome may soon be home to a few more children named Kostas.
Roma President got in on the action president James Pallotta was just as jubilant as the club’s fans following the scarcely believable Champions League comeback against Barcelona and expressed his joy by jumping into a fountain.
The Serie A side pulled off one of the greatest escapes in Champions League history on Tuesday, securing a memorable 3-0 triumph to wipe out Barca’s 4-1 win in the first leg and book a semi-final berth.
Goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas completed the famous win, and sparked exuberant celebrations across the city, with the club’s president fully involved.
Pallotta, an American billionaire, was part of a huge throng of Roma fans that headed to Piazza del Popolo, a vast square in the Italian capital.
The 60-year-old was filmed jumping into the fountain as the masses cheered him on and the clip quickly went viral on social media.
Barca heartache Roma Defeat Could Be My Last UCL Game for veteran midfielder Andres Iniesta revealing he might have played his last Champions League match after Barcelona sensationally crashed out in the quarter-finals at the hands of Roma.
Barca won the opening leg 4-1 at Camp Nou but the unbeaten LaLiga leaders came unstuck in the Italian capital, suffering a stunning 3-0 defeat as they were eliminated on away goals.
Iniesta has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League and Tianjin Quanjian and the 33-year-old hinted at a possible departure after the match, having given himself a deadline of April 30 to decide his future.
“It’s a possibility that this might be my last game in the Champions League but right now this is hard for all the team, all of us,” Iniesta said, via UEFA.com.
“We so wanted to win this tournament but we’ve failed to do so again.”
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