Roma goalkeeper Szczesny out for up to 6 weeks with injury
‘[It was] craziness and a bit of heart that allowed me to score this lovely goal.
Meanwhile, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique refused to blame ter Stegen for Florenzi’s stunning goal, which wiped out the lead given to the Champions League holders by Luis Suarez.
Roma coach Rudi Garcia, though, applauded his players and said they played a “tactically smart” game against the Spanish champions.
The Argentine captain Messi failed to make a mark in his 100th Champions League appearance. “I put my hands on my face because I knew that I had scored a goal that I will never forget”.
The goalkeeper was beaten from near the half-way line in the first Champions League group game and some have been critical of Ter Stegen’s position, but Pique defended his teammate and praised the scorer. The last chance of the first half saw Salah beat Alba and Mathieu to the ball, but his effort produced no danger on the opposition.
Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) – Would have been a leading candidate even he had not scored one of the goals of the decade.
The second half of the match was involved with both the two men colliding once more.
Szczesny saved well from a rasping Messi effort shortly after the restart but the on-loan Arsenal goalkeeper had to be replaced by Morgan de Sanctis after just five minutes of the second half, a substitution which sent the game into something of a lull.
“The team deserved three points but football is like that”.
Vitaliy Buyalskyi came off the bench to score a late equaliser and earn Dynamo Kiev a 2-2 draw with Porto in their opening Group C match.
“It’s not a great result, it’s a good result that has given the lads some confidence for our subsequent matches”.
Great defense from Roma denied the Blaugrana from going forward with many chances and finishing correctly.
The Argentinian continued to terrorise the Roma defence and in the 38th minute, Messi got past his marker and struck a low shot from 12 yards that was only just kept out by Szczesny.
Following a year that saw the Catalan club hoist a trio of trophies for winning the Champions League, La Liga Spain’s professional soccer league, and the Cope del Rey, it’s no surprise that Barcelona is feeling confident.