European round-up: AC Milan, AS Roma cruise through as Atalanta and Fiorentina edge into next round

AC Milan and AS Roma enjoyed comfortable aggregate wins in the Europa League, whilst Atalanta came from behind to progress to the quarter-finals. Fiorentina, meanwhile made it through in the Europa Conference League.

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Serie A‘s representatives in the Europa League enjoyed a positive night as AC Milan, AS Roma, and Atalanta all progressed to the quarter-finals, whilst Fiorentina reached the same stage of the Europa Conference League.

The tasks of both Milan and Roma were made easier by dominant first leg leads, with a 4-2 victory for the Diavolo against Slavia Prague last week giving them a platform for a 3-1 away victory and 7-3 aggregate scoreline.

Roma, meanwhile, thrashed Brighton 4-0 last week and progressed despite a 1-0 defeat in England. The Giallorossi rode their luck in the second leg but were comfortable in the end, going through with a 4-1 aggregate win. Atalanta joined their fellow Italian clubs with a 2-1 victory over Sporting CP, winning 3-2 on aggregate.

Fiorentina‘s 1-1 draw against Maccabi Haifa was enough to go through 5-4 on aggregate after a thrilling 4-3 victory in the first leg.

AC Milan’s Christian Pulisic and Rafael Leao celebrate (@ACMilan)

AC Milan make light work of Slavia Prague

In the early kick-off, Milan comfortably secured their passage into the quarter-finals of the Europa League with a 3-1 win over Slavia Prague, with the Rossoneri three goals up on the night before half-time.

Aided by an early red card shown to Tomas Holes after a stamp on Davide Calabria, Stefano Pioli‘s side cruised through via goals from Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, before Rafael Leao settled matters in first half stoppages.

The Portugal international rifled into the top corner with a sensational effort after picking up the ball outside the box, with the former Lille man in top form.

Whilst Matej Jurasik pulled a goal back for the Czech hosts late on, a 4-2 win for Milan at the Stadio San Siro in the first leg ensured that they were comfortably clear and secured a 7-3 aggregate victory.

AS Roma forward Sardar Azmoun has a goal disallowed in the Europa League (@ASRomaArabic)

AS Roma rely on first leg demolition of Brighton

Roma travelled to Premier League club Brighton with a 4-0 lead from the first leg, allowing coach Daniele De Rossi to rotate his squad. However, the Seagulls started brightly and were rewarded when Danny Welbeck curled in a fine effort in the first half.

It came after Lupi striker Sardar Azmoun had an acrobatic effort disallowed for a high foot, but a feisty encounter saw Roma otherwise struggle to create before the break.

De Rossi‘s side were more composed after the break and whilst Mile Svilar was called upon to make a fine save, they came closest when Leonardo Spinazzola hit the post after a mazy run. Brighton threatened a second through Evan Ferguson but ultimately could not cut the deficit further and bowed out.

Meanwhile, Atalanta came from behind to beat Sporting 2-1 at the Gewiss Stadium, after drawing 1-1 in the first leg.

Fiorentina midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura controls the ball (@acffiorentina)

Fiorentina clinch Europa Conference League progression

Meanwhile, in the Europa Conference League Fiorentina edged past Maccabi Haifa with a 5-4 aggregate win after drawing 1-1 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

The Viola were made to work for their place in the next round but secured it thanks to an Antonin Barak header early in the second half, after clinching a dramatic 4-3 win against their Israeli opponents in Hungary last week.

A late Anan Khalaili equaliser on the night led to a tense ending, but Fiorentina held their nerve to book their place in the quarter-finals.

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