For the third consecutive time in their history, Roma were knocked out in extra time of a Champions League tie, with Eusebio di Francesco’s men falling 3-1 to FC Porto to be knocked out 4-3 on aggregate. Leading 2-1 from the first leg thanks to a pair from Zaniolo, Roma were cautiously optimistic heading to the Dragao, but their poor record in away Champions League knockout games continued as goals from Tiquinho and Moussa Marega took the game to extra time, and then a penalty from Alex Telles sent the Giallorossi out of the competition.
Here’s is the newspaper reaction from Italy to Roma’s exit! Courtesy Gazzetta, Tutto and CdS- the three biggest in the country.
Porto vs Roma was not the only game to be decided by a late penalty on the evening- the same went for Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester United at the Parc des Princes, where Marcus Rashford stroked home his first competitive penalty in the competition to win the game for an injury and suspension hit United.
PSG were their own worst villains though- brainfades from Kehrer and Buffon gifted a depleted United attack two easy goals and while PSG had the better of the chances in the first half, they failed to make them count, apart from Bernat’s 12th minute effort.