A late goal from Kostas Manolas sent Roma through to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time at the expense of Barcelona following an incredible comeback.

Barcelona’s 4-1 win at Camp Nou last week seemed to end the tie as a contest, but the Romans’ away goal gave them a glimmer of hope.

They were brilliant throughout last night’s second-leg at the Stadio Olimpico and took the lead through Edin Dzeko after just six minutes.

Their dominance was not further rewarded until the 56th minute when Daniele de Rossi struck from the penalty spot, before, on 81 minutes, Manolas’ header sent the stadium into delirium as they advanced 4-4 on aggregate thanks to the away goals rule.

Barcelona’s toothless display was a shock and came a year after their own stunning comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in the competition, while Roma became just the third team to overturn a first-leg loss of at least three goals or more.

Despite their heroics, Roma will be the side that everyone wants to face in Friday’s semi-finals draw – they have been joined by Liverpool, with two from Real Madrid, Juventus, Sevilla and Bayern Munich to join – though they will surely relish the opportunity to cause another upset.