Florenzi Long-Range Goal Gives Roma 1-1 Draw Against Barcelona
AS Roma held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday.
AS Roma mid-fielder Alessandro Florenzi scored an incredible goal from near the half-line to earn his side a 1-1 draw against title-holders Barcelona in their Group E match of the Champions League on Wednesday.
There was also some questionable conduct from Luis Suarez in an entertaining match at the Stadio Olimpico.
After an opening goal from Suarez, Florenzi’s equalizer came just after the half-hour mark.
Two strides after dribbling past the half-line on the right flank, Florenzi looked up and saw goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen far out of his goal and launched a shot over the German’s head that went in off the post.
“It will be something to remember,” Florenzi said. “It’s not something that happens often.”
In the 21st minute, Suarez met a cross from Ivan Rakitic by the far post and headed into an empty net. Roma protested for a perceived foul, moments earlier by Lionel Messi on Lucas Digne.
Messi, making his 100th Champions League appearance, hit the crossbar in the 78th minute, this attempt was the closest either side came to a winner.
Suarez, who gained notoriety for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at last year’s World Cup, later appeared to kick Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in the chest after being denied by the Poland international.
It’s not the first time ter Stegen has conceded a goal while out of position this season.
It also happened in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Athletic Bilbao, when Mikel San Jose lobbed a long clearance back over the goalkeeper’s head with a shot from inside the center circle.
You can concede a goal when you least expect it, as we showed. But it was a very good match for Barcelona and I’m very satisfied with what I saw on the pitch.
— Luis Enrique, Barcelona Manager
“It’s a draw that’s worth as much as a victory,” Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi said.
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