Europa League round-up: AC Milan scrape through, Svilar rescues AS Roma in penalty shootout

AS Roma progressed to the Round of 16 of the Europa League in dramatic fashion after a penalty shootout win over Feyenoord, whilst AC Milan went through despite a 3-2 defeat to Rennes.

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AS Roma forward Paulo Dybala protects the ball (@OfficialASRoma)

AC Milan secured their place in the Round of 16 of the Europa League with a 5-3 aggregate win over Rennes, despite defeat in France, whilst AS Roma needed a penalty shootout to defeat Feyenoord.

The Rossoneri went into the second leg with a strong aggregate lead but fell to a 3-2 defeat on the night, but it wasn’t enough to eliminate them from the competition.

Roma, meanwhile, met Feyenoord for the third time in as many seasons and once again got the better of their Dutch opponents, with a 2-2 aggregate score requiring a penalty shootout and a 4-2 win from the spot for the Giallorossi.

AC Milan forward Rafael Leao carries the ball forward (@ACMilan)

Unconvincing AC Milan edge through

Milan had a healthy first leg lead to thank after being undone by a Benjamin Bourigeaud hattrick at the Roazhon Park, with the Rennes midfielder netting twice from the penalty spot in addition to a wonderful effort from outside the box in the first half.

Trailing to an early goal from the Rennes midfielder, Milan equalised through Luka Jovic and had to draw level once more through Rafael Leao‘s effort after Bourigeaud‘s first spot kick in the second half.

A sub-par performance saw Milan fall behind for a third time and they were deservedly beaten in France, but progressed with an aggregate victory after a 3-0 win in the first leg. However, coach Stefano Pioli had little to be satisfied with after a much-changed line-up failed to take their opportunities.

Coming into the game off the back of a 4-2 defeat to Monza in Serie A, and ahead of a crunch league match against Atalanta next, the pressure remains firmly on Pioli.

AS Roma forward Stephan El Shaarawy evades a challenge from Feyenoord goalkeeper Timon Wellenreuther (@OfficialASRoma)

Svilar the hero for AS Roma

Roma went into their clash against Feyenoord holding a 1-1 draw from the first leg but found themselves behind within five minutes of kick-off at the Stadio Olimpico, with Santiago Gimenez chesting in from close range.

However, a magnificent Lorenzo Pellegrini equaliser from range brought the Giallorossi level just 10 minutes later and the hosts pushed for another goal before the break, with Paulo Dybala going close.

After a thrilling first half, the encounter became tense and chances were sparse, with the match going to extra-time. Despite Roma striker Romelu Lukaku coming within inches of snatching the win with the final kick, a penalty shootout was required to separate the teams.

With Lukaku missing his spot-kick after Leandro Paredes had netted the first penalty, Roma had goalkeeper Mile Svilar to thank as he pulled off two fine saves to give the Giallorossi a 4-2 win in the shootout. Houssem Aouar, Bryan Cristante, and Nicola Zalewski were on target for the Lupi as they progressed in dramatic fashion.

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