Sluggish and slow, Barcelona laboured through a first half hour in which neither side attempted much apart from occasional dives in the penalty area.
Edin Dzeko and Andrew Iniesta both went down looking, while Alessandro Florenzi hit the deck in the area with Nelson Semedo in attendance. The Dutch ref was unmoved by all.
Roma’s captain Daniele De Rossi hit an unstoppable shot into his own net to break the deadlock in the 38th minute of what had been a delicately poised game and a second own goal 10 minutes into the second half, this time by Greek defender Kostas Manolas, stretched the runaway La Liga leaders’ advantage.
Barca defender Gerard Pique piled more misery on the Italians four minutes later, mopping up on the rebound after Luis Suarez was thwarted by goalkeeper Alisson before Roma’s top scorer Edin Dzeko struck at the right end to give his side faint hope of a turnaround in the second leg.
Composed Liverpool cruised to victory against premier league leaders Manchester City at Anfield to take charge of their Champions League quater final tie.
First half goals from Salah, Chamberlain and Mane salvaged a win for the host while Manchester City failed to get a shot on target.
Photograh: The Guardian
Both sides meet for the second leg on Tuesday 10th of April with Manchester City hoping to save themselves into the next round
Cristiano Ronaldo stared as champions league holders Real Madrid defeated Juventus 3-0 in Turin to take take control of their Champions Leaugue quater-final tie.
Recently, Ronaldo has been in a wonderful goalscoring form, he has found the net 23 times in his last 12 appearances but his second goal in the 64th minute against Juventus in the Champions League game yesterday was magnificent.
Ronaldo launching himself in the air to deliver a superp overhead kick.
Who are you tipping to win?
The big guns have avaoided each other in the FA cup fifth round and fans will be treated to something more like a replay of the FA cup 2013 final as Manchester City will play against Wigan. With the matches to be played from February 16-18, here is a full list of the draw
Sheffield Wednesday vs Notts County or Swansea
West Brom vs Southampton
Chelsea vs Hull
Leicester vs Sheffield United
Huddersfield or Birmingham vs Man Utd
Millwall or Rochdale vs Newport or Spurs
Brighton vs Coventry
Wigan vs Man City