Iniesta refuses to comment on last Champions League game claim

Iniesta refuses to comment on last Champions League game claim

April 11, 2018 Off By Sports Writer

Andres Iniesta has refused to say whether the defeat to Roma on Tuesday evening will be his last Champions League game in a Barcelona shirt.

Kostas Manolas scored a late header to complete a remarkable comeback victory for Roma over Barcelona and send the Italians into their first European Cup semi-final in 34 years.

Barcelona, who led 4-1 after the first leg, conceded first when striker Edin Džeko poked home, and went further behind after captain Danielle De Rossi’s converted penalty, before defender Manolas flicked home the decisive goal.

Džeko punished the visitors after controlling De Rossi’s long ball and slotting home instinctively to give his side hope after only seven minutes played.

Striker Patrik Schick nearly added a second, but he nodded a header just wide after being left unmarked in the box, and then came close again with a stabbed effort which was heroically thwarted by Gerard Piqué.

In the second half, Roma won a penalty when the impressive Džeko was hauled down by Piqué after a powerful run into the opposition area, and De Rossi confidently dispatched the resulting kick from 12 yards.

The climax arrived when Greek centre-back Manolas arrived at the near post to delicately glance home a header following a Cengiz Ünder corner to send the home fans wild.

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“It’s a painful defeat because we didn’t expect it, given the lead we had,” he said after the game.

“We didn’t adapt [to the match] and we’re disappointed to have been eliminated. We had hopes [of winning the CL] and they’ve been dashed.

“They were very clear about how to attack us and we didn’t find the solution [to stop them].

“My last CL game for Barca? It’s possible, but tonight isn’t the right time to give out such messages.

“We’re all hurt. It’s not a question of asking for forgiveness, things go for you or they don’t, but our desire to win is always the same.

“We’ll do our best to win the two competitions we have left.”

Barcelona now turn their attention back to the league and Copa del Rey, where they will meet Sevilla in the final later this month.