Barcelona have been involved in some of the most heart-racing Champions League fixtures in the past, most of which have gone in their favour.
But last night turned out to be an absolutely shambolic night for the Catalan giants, that undeniably every single Barca fan would want to erase from their memory, because of a simply heroic display by Roma.
The Italian side had a colossal three-goal deficit to overcome in the home leg against the La Liga heavyweights, after having lost 4-1 at Camp Nou last week.
With Barca in the driver’s seat and a comfortable lead in the bag, they seemed poised to qualify for the semi-finals come the final whistle at Stadio Olimpico, but I Giallorossi had other plans.
Goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi, and Kostas Manolas helped the Roman club seal a historic comeback whilst the thumping Olimpico erupted with ecstatic celebrations.
And there was one special individual who, in the end, proved to be the ‘good luck charm’ in Roma’s sensational victory.
Sir Alex Ferguson flew to Italy to watch the match after he was invited by Roma president Jim Pallotta, who knows the Scottish legend well, having previously attended a Boston Celtics basketball game with him.
It was reported that ‘Pallotta, Ferguson, and former Italy and AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini all met at the Hotel de Russie before the match’.
The Serie A club’s president was delighted that he invited the legendary manager, as he joked to Italian reporters afterwards: “That’s why I brought Sir Alex Ferguson, to bring good luck!”
Ferguson was later spotted congratulating former Roma striker Francesco Totti on an astounding victory that’ll be written in the club’s history books in golden letters.