Roma stun Barcelona, advance to Champions League semifinal

    AS Roma players celebrate at the end of the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Roma and FC Barcelona at Rome's Olympic Stadium on Tuesday.

    (CNN)Roma inflicted a shock defeat on Barcelona in the Champions League Tuesday night, overturning a heavy loss from the first leg to advance to the semifinals.

    The win provided one of the most unlikely upsets in this year's competition thus far, burying the Spanish visitors 3-0.
    The win saw the Italian side -- which has yet to concede at home in the tournament -- book its place in the semifinals of the Champions League thanks to a second leg victory over the Spanish giants, one of the favorites of the competition, at the Stadio Olimpico in the Italian capital.
      Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, left, saves as Roma's Stephan El Shaarawi, center, tries to score.
      The 3-0 win on Tuesday, coupled with a solitary goal from the 4-1 encounter a week ago at the Camp Nou, evened the score to an aggregate 4-4, with Roma advancing on the away goals rule.
        Roman fans predictably went berzerk at the final whistle, which put their team in the semifinals of Europe's top competition for the first time since the 1983/84 season.
        The jubilation even reportedly caught up Roma president James Palletta, who joined fans jumping into the fountain at the city's Piazza del Popolo.

        Early goal

          Despite being heavy favorites going into the match, Barcelona should have taken heed when Roma's Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko opened the scoring on seven minutes.
          The Catalans could not find a response and a Daniele de Rossi penalty just before the hour mark began to make the visitors sweat. A decisive header by the Greek Kostas Manolas eight minutes from time sealed the rout and sent the Spanish side out.