Barcelona 6-1 Roma: Giallorossi embarrassed by European champions in Spain
Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi both netted twice, as goals from Gerard Pique and Adriano completed a humiliating loss for the Giallorossi who netted late through Edin Dzeko.
Despite knowing Group E rivals BATE Borisov and Bayer Leverkusen had drawn earlier in the evening, Roman hopes of a memorable win were quickly ended in Catalonia.
With the Giallorossi continually failing in their attempts to play a high defensive line, Dani Alves broke through on 15 minutes and squared to Suarez who tapped home.
Then, just three minutes later, a fantastic 27 pass move ended with the Uruguayan lifting the ball over the Roma defence to Messi who chipped over Wojciech Szczesny.
As Rudi Garcia’s players eager awaited the half-time whistle, Suarez met a poor clearance sweetly on the volley to fire in a third.
However, the Catalans probably should have fallen behind on 13 minutes, but an unmarked Dzeko sent a header over the bar from just seven yards.
Within 15 minutes of the restart Barcelona had made it five, Pique ending another fine passing move from close range, before Messi saw an initial low drive palmed back into his path to score at the second attempt.
The Giallorossi looked as though they had escaped a sixth on 76 minutes, but despite Neymar having his penalty saved, Adriano thrashed home the rebound.
On 82 minutes Roma were presented the opportunity to net a consolation goal from the spot, but Dzeko completed a miserable night by sending a weak effort straight at Marc Ter Stegen.
However, Dzeko did get his goal with the last kick of the game, heading a cross from the left past the Barcelona goalkeeper.
Even after such a heavy defeat, the Giallorossi know victory in their final group match versus BATE will be enough to see them reach the Last 16, even if Leverkusen can overcome the Catalans due to their head-to-head record.