CL Update: Barca gear up for Roma opener

Barca Nepal. FC Barcelona are in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for a record 11th season in a row, and last-eight opponents AS Roma are familiar foes – although the Italian side are at this stage for the first time in a decade.
• Barça went on to the semi-finals for six years running between 2008 and 2013, although their last two campaigns – and three of the last four – have been ended at this stage.
• Roma, meanwhile, have lost both their previous UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, the most recent of which came a decade ago. The Giallorossi’s only other last-eight tie, in 1983/84, also featured their sole aggregate win at this stage.
• The Italian club have a respectable record against Barcelona, losing only one of their four fixtures – although that was a 6-1 reverse at the Camp Nou the last time the teams crossed paths two seasons ago.
2015: Watch Barcelona masterclass against Roma
2015: Watch Barcelona masterclass against Roma
Previous meetings
• The teams were last paired together in the 2015/16 group stage, when they drew 1-1 in Italy. Luis Suárez’s 21st-minute opener at the Stadio Olimpico was cancelled out by a spectacular Alessandro Florenzi goal ten minutes later to earn Roma a point.
• Barcelona were comfortable winners in the reverse fixture in Spain, Suárez and Lionel Messi each scoring twice with Gerard Piqué and Adriano also on target in a 6-1 home success. Edin Džeko, who missed a late penalty, got a consolation for Roma in added time.
• The teams at the Camp Nou on 24 November 2015 were:
Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Alves, Piqué (Bartra 56), Vermaelen, Alba, Busquets (Samper 46), Rakitić, Sergi Roberto (Adriano 64), Messi, Neymar, Suárez.
Roma: Szczęsny, Maicon, Manolas, Rüdiger, Digne, Keita, Falqué, Nainggolan (Iturbe 46), Pjanić (Salih Uçan 75), Florenzi (Vainqueur 58), Džeko.
• The clubs’ other meetings came in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League second group stage, starting with a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou, where Patrick Kluivert levelled a Christian Panucci goal.
• The line-ups in Barcelona on 20 February 2002 were:
Barcelona: Reina, Puyol, Christanval, F De Boer, Sergi (Xavi 74), Cocu, Motta (Rochembak 68), Luis Enrique, Saviola (Overmars 57), Rivaldo, Kluivert.
Roma: Antonioli, Cafu, Panucci, Samuel, Zebina, Lima (Guigou 74), Tommasi, Emerson, Candela, Totti (Delvecchio 81), Batistuta.
• Roma won the return 3-0 with Emerson, Vincenzo Montella and Damiano Tomassi scoring. Barcelona still won the group, with Roma eliminated in third place. source UEFA


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