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Daniele De Rossi wisely decides to smash one past his own keeper instead of letting Lionel Messi shoot

Roma's talismanic midfielder was desperate to not let Barcelona's No10 shoot and inadvertently guided the ball beyond Alisson

And now some news from the game you didn’t watch.

While Liverpool were busy putting Man City to the sword at Anfield, Barcelona strolled to a 4-1 win at home to Roma.

The opening goal in the Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Nou Camp came courtesy of an own goal from Daniele De Rossi.

Owner of the best tattoo ever

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Owner of the best tattoo ever

Roma’s talismanic captain loves tackling more than oxygen so, inevitably, one of his challenges was bound to result in an own goal, law of averages and all that.

Lionel Messi looked set to complete a neat one-two with Andres Iniesta on the edge of the box, as they done have hundreds of times before.

And so, rather than allowing one of the greatest goalscorers in the game’s history a free shot, De Rossi decided to skip out the middle man and slot the ball past Alisson himself.

Messi and Iniesta combined in their usual manner

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Messi and Iniesta combined in their usual manner

De Rossi stretched out a leg…

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De Rossi stretched out a leg…

And accidentally leathered it

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And accidentally leathered it

Goal time

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Goal time

What a hit son, what a hit!

To be fair, had De Rossi not intervened, Messi would probably have stuck in the bottom corner anyway.

Kostas Manolas spared his captain’s blushes somewhat when he got in on the own goal act ten minutes after the restart.

The Greek centre-back succeeded in denying Samuel Umtiti a tap-in but could only look on in horror when the rebound cannoned off his knee before dropping over the line.

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Scrappy

Gerard Pique scored just before the hour after one of his trademark adventures into the opposition’s box.

Luis Suarez forced Alisson into a low save and the rebound fell kindly for Shakira’s worse half less than five yards from goal.

It was the type of predatory strike you’d expect from a No9, not a centre-back.

But that’s Barcelona for you.

Edin Dzeko grabbed an away goal with ten minutes of normal time remaining but Suarez pounced soon after to restore the hosts’ three-goal advantage.

A word of retrospective advice for Roma; Barca tend to do alright at the Nou Camp without the help of own goals.

Very generous of you, but not the best method of progressing to the semi-finals.

Try the other end in Rome, eh?


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