Last year at this time, Barcelona completed a miraculous comeback against Paris Saint Germain in the knockout stages of the Champions League. This year, the Spanish giants were on the other end of an incredible turnaround.
After a 4-1 defeat at the Camp Nou, AS Roma was faced with the improbable task of overturning the deficit in the Italian capital. Roma would need at least a 3-0 victory at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday to have hopes of advancing. And that is exactly what happened.
After an Edin Dzeko goal in the 6th minute gave Roma a lifeline, Daniele De Rossi’s penalty in the 58th minute gave the Italian side a real chance. Finally, Greek centerback Kostas Manolas headed home what would turn out to be the quarterfinal winning goal off a corner kick in the 82nd minute.
The announcing call from Roma commentator Carlo Zampa is an absolute treasure. Unless you’re a Barcelona fan, of course. Oh, and you may want to make sure you’ve turned the volume in your headphones down for this. And be careful not to be holding any glass in your hand.
Roma commentator Carlo Zampa's call for Kostas Manolas' winning goal: ??#UCL #ASRoma pic.twitter.com/aGrHWJApPG
— Peter Galindo (@GalindoPW) April 10, 2018
I didn’t even know the human voice could reach those octaves! If you do a search for Zampa you can find some other classic goal calls as well, like when this Francesco Totti goal actually moved the commentator to tears. It is phenomenal. And if you thought that excitement was something, check out the reaction in the Rome press box. Who said there was no cheering allowed on press row!
Absolute chaos in the press box after Roma's win. (via @PaulRogers73) pic.twitter.com/fZlfXf0NGx
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 10, 2018
It’s a priceless victory for Roma, who are reaching the Champions League semifinal for only the second time in club history. Let’s hope they advance into the final, because I just realized today that I need more Carlo Zampa in my life.