It was always going to be unlikely, improbable, impossible - choose whatever adjective you prefer. Sporting lightning had already struck once in the Stadio Olimpico with the incredible comeback and elimination of Barcelona. Against Liverpool there was never anything more than a late distant rumble of hopeful thunder.
For those who see football in black and white, the winner takes all and there can be no consolation for a loser. However, that always feels - to my mind anyway - a little too simplistic and brutal. There was little doubt the better team went through narrowly over the two legs, let’s be clear, but there were still positives for Roma. And, of course, a liberal sprinkling of what-might-have-beens over the 180 minutes or so of football.
The final tennis-like aggregate scoreline of 7-6 spoke volumes of the craziness of this semi-final. The victor takes the spoils, of course, but there was a bitter feel to Radja Nainggolan’s penalty in the dying seconds. One more goal in the closing minutes of the game in Liverpool - which looked eminently possible - might have made a huge difference. We will never know.
Ultimately this Champions League campaign - and all the fine results it has brought - saw the Giallorossi on the verge of reaching the Final. If you had told their fans that before the season started, only the most optimistic would have believed you. With a top four finish in Serie A also there for the taking, this can be a precious building block in James Pallotta’s development of the club. The foundations are there to construct a special side.
They produced the perfect game to beat the Blaugrana in the previous round and also delivered an impressive dismantling of Chelsea in the group stages, where they kicked out Atletico Madrid. But they were blown away by an hour or so of breathtaking attacking football at Anfield which destroyed their dreams of a trip to Kiev.
Might different tactics have produced a less hefty defeat that would have made their task in Rome a little less gargantuan? Could they have progressed without a string of silly mistakes that cost them so dear? We will never know, of course, but there were flashes of this return game which hinted they were not quite as out of their depth as a large swathe of the first leg had suggested.
If the viewers and fans feel tormented by getting so close to taking the tie to extra-time, one can only wonder how the players and Coach feel. Perhaps Liverpool always had the attacking power up their sleeve to dismiss any hope of a comeback. Nonetheless, the Giallorossi could justifiably feel that some marginal gains - through tactics, good fortune or error elimination - might have seen them celebrating at full-time rather than illustrious former employee Mohamed Salah.
No doubt players will go in the summer, but the core of a strong side with an amazing attitude has been put together in the red-and-yellow half of Rome. It would be stretching it to expect them to perform this well in Europe every year, but closer contention for the Scudetto need not be beyond them.
Tonight there will be tears - rather than their President - falling into the fountain in Piazza del Popolo. But, once they have dried, Roma can be hugely proud of the noise they made in the Champions League this season. Its echoes will be heard around the Olimpico for a while to come.
Now it is up to the owners, Coach and players to ensure it is the start of something special rather than just a beautiful one-off.