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Iniesta admits 'pain' after Barcelona suffer shock Champions League exit

AFP  |  Madrid 

skipper Andres admitted his crushing disappointment after the Catalans were sent packing from by Roma in sensational fashion.

"It is very painful because nobody expected it with the lead we had," told Catalunya TV.

"When you do things badly, you commit lots of mistakes and we didn't adapt to the game. It is a massive disappointment given the season we had been having."

went to leading 4-1 after the first leg of their quarter-final tie, but a 3-0 loss at the Stadio Olimpico condemned the five-time European champions to a defeat on away goals.

It is their third consecutive exit from the competition in the last eight. "We always try to give the maximum but we are knocked out and now feel everyone's pain. We had high hopes this season and it has escaped us again," added the 33-year-old, who also acknowledged that the game could have been his last in the competition for Barca amid uncertainty about his future beyond this season.

fell behind to an Edin Dzeko goal inside six minutes with netting a 58th-minute penalty before Kostas Manolas headed in the crucial goal eight minutes from the end.

The defeat came with Barca currently on course to win and with a del Rey final against approaching later this month. They are unbeaten in and had only previously lost once all season, to Espanyol in the del Rey.

"I would be lying if I told you we can take something positive from this," told beIN

"It is a very sad way to fall after the result we had. They were superior to us in all aspects." Meanwhile, Barcelona apologised to the club's supporters.

"The dream for all of us was to reach the semis and I'm very sorry to all the Barcelona fans in the world," he told Catalunya TV.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 08:05 IST