Manolas completes incredible Roma comeback
Greek centre-back Kostas Manolas grabbed headlines all over the world on Tuesday evening, scoring the winning goal against Barcelona to clinch AS Roma’s UEFA Champions League semi-final berth.
Roma lost the first match 1:4 in Catalonia, but in a stunning display, the Italian giants scored three unanswered goals at the Olimpico Stadium to win the Champions League quarter-final battle on away goals after a thrilling 3:0 second leg triumph.
With the score at 2:0 in Roma’s favour on 82 minutes and the hosts searching for a killer third goal, 26-year old Greek defender Kostas Manolas popped up to become a hero. A corner from the right flank found Manolas, who flicked a clever header into the net beyond the stranded Barcelona goalkeeper. Roma held on in the closing stages to beat Barcelona 3:0 and move into the tournament’s final four.
Manolas hit the target in the Champions League group stages too, scoring against Qarabag in Azerbaijan. In 24 Serie A appearances this season, the defender boasts two goals.