Despite cheap real madrid jerseys online a series of counter-attacks by Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah offering promise early on, Barcelona gradually settled into their trademark possession wholesale real madrid jerseys for sale and passing game to leave the Stadio Olimpico eerily silent as fans watched in awe.
A day after seeing Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo overtake their shared record of 77 goals in the competition with a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk, Messi was on the hunt for goals.
But despite dipping and skipping his way past opponents to set up chance after chance, Roma's defence -- and a shop real madrid jerseys superb display by the hosts' goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny before he suffered an injury early in the second half -- Messi was not to be satisfied.
Messi's most telling contribution came on 21 minutes, when he backed real madrid new jerseys 2015 into Lucas Digne, causing the Frenchman to fall.
The subsequent confusion over whether a foul had been committed gave Barcelona a split second's momentum and Rakitic went unchallenged at the near post to send in a lob for Luis Suarez to head wholesale real madrid jerseys free shipping home at the back post, as Roma's players protested in vain.
Roma coach Rudi Garcia's diplomacy did not allow him to point the finger, but the Frenchman managed to get the point across afterwards.
"Florenzi's goal, which was legendary, obviously cancelled out their opener. But before they scored he had been taken out of the play and couldn't defend," said Garcia.
Almost immediately afterwards, Barcelona were denied a possible penalty when Szczesny missed the ball when at full stretch to deny Suarez at the Uruguayan's feet.
Fans were expecting the worst, until the stupor was broken in spectacular fashion just after the half hour.
Seeing goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen 15 yards off his line, Florenzi carried the ball into Barcelona's half near the right touchline, looked up and hit a drive that sailed over the keeper, off the far post and into the net.
"I couldn't believe it went in," said Florenzi, who none the less has a habit of scoring the occasional spectacular goal in Serie A.