AS Roma striker Edin Dzeko felt that the referee didn’t show enough courage, as AS Roma were denied a clear penalty in the starting minutes against Barcelona, the game which eventually ended 4-1 in favour of the Spanish side.
Dzeko was brought down by Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo, but the referee Danny Makkelie allowed the game to continue, as Barca finally got the better of Roma.
“I think that, right from the start, we tried to play as we always do by pressing high, even knowing that they are an incredibly strong side. We have tried everything, which is a shame, as 4-1 is a tough result to take,” Dzeko said after the game.
“The penalty could have changed the game. The referee needs to have the courage to give a penalty against Barcelona, because we are also in the quarter-finals and all of the teams here have earned the right to play,” he added.
“I don’t know whether it’s a question of mentality; they are a better side than us and everyone is aware of this. 3-1 would have been a better result but when you make so many errors against a side this good you get punished.”