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Rampant Barca Net Four In Big First Leg Win

UEFA Champions League

Result: FC Barcelona 4-1 AS Roma

Date: 04 April 2018

Venue: Camp Nou

AS Roma netted two own goals as FC Barcelona romped to a 4-1 victory in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg on Wednesday.

The Catalan giants were looking to join rivals Real Madrid in dispatching an Italian outfit in the European Cup with a strong start in the opening minutes at Camp Nou.

Barca talisman Lionel Messi got the first shot on target after producing a fine save from Alisson.

Ivan Rakitic then went within an inch of opening the scoring after going out wide before cutting in but his seeing his shot come off the upright.

On 28 minutes, Luis Suarez forced Alisson to a save after his shot made life difficult for the Brazilian, who was forced to push around the effort for a corner.

The visitors kept the pressure on and apart from a few half-chances, were not posing any problems to the Barca rear-guard.

The visitors went behind shortly before the break after a lack of judgment from Danielle De Rossi saw him fire the ball to his own net after sliding across goal.

Barca had to scatter in their own half at the start of the second half, with the Italians quickly out of the starting blocks.

A cross by Alessandro Florenzi fell to the path of Diego Perotti, but the winger was unable to accurately plant his header on goal.

Barca increased their lead with another own-goal, coming off Kostas Manolas, who tried to clear an in-coming cross which ricocheted off him and into the net on 56 minutes.

Four minutes later, it was three after Alisson saved Suarez's initial shot, only for defender Gerard Pique to follow-up the rebound with an easy tap-in.

A disjointed Roma were short of ideas and had virtually no way of coming back, but Defrel came close to reducing the deficit only for Marc Andre Ter Stegen to pull off a fine save.

The all-important away goal for the second-leg set for Rome next week finally came as Eden Dzeko produced a low-drive past Ter Stegen at the near post.

The Catalans reclaimed their two-goal cushion five minutes from full-time after Suarez latched home from inside the box, leaving them with one foot in the last four ahead of the return leg.

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