Roma's Konstantinos Manolas reacts at the end of the match. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria
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Italy has spent five months grieving over the failure of the national team to take their customary place at the World Cup, but Roma have restored some national pride with a heroic victory over Barcelona in the Champions League. The Azzurri, four-time world champions, are not going to Russia, but after Roma won 3-0 to overturn a 4-1 quarterfinal deficit and eliminate mighty Barca Tuesday night on away goals, the club from the Eternal City can dream of going to the final in Ukraine.On a heady night at the Stadio Olimpico, Edin Dzeko set the ball rolling in the sixth minute and after Daniele De Rossi converted a penalty 13 minutes into the second half to get the home fans believing, Kostas Manolas glanced home a brilliant header with eight minutes left to send the Roma supporters into raptures and leave Barca wondering what had hit them.
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