With their Champions League dream in tatters, Roma could only reflect on ‘what might have been’.
A 7-6 aggregate defeat to Liverpool in a repeat of the 1984 final, having won 4-2 on the night at their Stadio Olimpico home, highlights only the bare facts.
Decisions went against the Italian side on the night according to their president, James Pallotta.
In the second half Edin Dzeko appeared to be brought down by goalkeeper Loris Karius, but was then given offside – wrongly as it turned out. Soon after Trent Alexander-Arnold handled in the area, denying what would have been a clear goalscoring opportunity, but nothing was given.
Perhaps, as occurred in the quarter-final against Manchester City when the English champions also saw marginal decisions go in the Reds’ favour (they saw potentially tie-changing goals chalked off in either leg), it might simply be a case of Liverpool’s name being on the trophy.
“I know it is difficult to ref but it is really embarrassing that we lose on aggregate like that,” Pallotta reflected.
“You just can’t let stuff like this happen. If they don’t get VAR in the Champions League, it is an absolute joke.”