Gaspart ‘disgusted’ with Barcelona performance

Gaspart ‘disgusted’ with Barcelona performance

April 11, 2018 Off By Sports Writer

Former Barcelona president Joan Gaspart has said he is disgusted with Barcelona’s exit from the Champions League.

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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“Messi cannot win the Champions League on his own,” Gaspart fumed on Radio Marca.

“I have a lot of disgust for last night’s result, it was a very sad night for Barcelona but that is football and you must accept it.

“For Barca, we now must focus on the competitions we have left and regardless of last night, this season is a success for us and not a failure.

“We can complete the league title, we can win the cup and we have reached the last eight of the Champions League – I would sign up to this for every season.”

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