Luis Suarez scored his first Champions League goal in more than a year as Barcelona beat AS Roma convincingly in their quarter-final first leg tie.

The Spanish side benefitted from two own goals to take control of the tie.

First, Daniele de Rossi slid into his own net in a bid to keep the ball away from Lionel Messi, and then Kostas Manolas bundled another in, with Gerard Pique tapping in Barcelona’s third.

Edin Dzeko gave Roma hope – but Suarez then slammed home from 14 yards.

The tie was all but ended when Suarez smashed home from Denis Suarez’s cross for his first Champions League goal in 11 games – a statistical anomaly for a striker who has scored 22 goals in 26 La Liga games this season.

Barca are strong favourites to clinch their first semi-final spot since 2014-15, when they last won the tournament,

The return leg will be played next Wednesday at Roma’s Stadio Olimpico.

 

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