European round-up: AS Roma enjoy big win and Atalanta impress, but Fiorentina left with work to do

AS Roma and Atalanta caught the eye with impressive wins in the Europa League, but Serie A's representative in the Europa Conference League, Fiorentina, struggled against Ferencvaros.


AS Roma and Atalanta enjoyed positive evenings in Matchday 2 of the Group Stage of the Europa League, having recorded wins over Servette and Sporting CP respectively.

The two Italian representatives in the competition have both enjoyed perfect starts to their respective campaigns, as Serie A looks for another finalist following Roma‘s defeat to Sevilla in May.

However, it was bad news for Fiorentina in the Europa Conference League, with the Viola poor and needing an equaliser deep into stoppage time to rescue a 2-2 draw against Ferencvaros.

AS Roma put on attacking show

Roma were convincing in victory as they secured a 4-0 win over Servette, joining Slavia Praha in holding a six-point advantage in Group G.

The Giallorossi went ahead midway through the first half thanks to a Romelu Lukaku goal, as they put a mixed Serie A campaign behind them to impress in Europe.

Paulo Dybala was rested for the visit of the Swiss club but Jose Mourinho‘s side did not miss their Argentine star, with Lukaku continuing to show signs that he will prove to be an astute addition for the Lupi.

Andrea Belotti was given a rare start and made it count with a clever finish immediately after the restart and then a stooping header, either side of an excellent Lorenzo Pellegrini volley.

Beaten finalists last season, Roma showed the level of dominance to suggest that they have the firepower to make it to the later stages of the competition again this year.

AS Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini and striker Romelu Lukaku (@OfficialASRoma)

Atalanta earn crucial win in Portugal

In the earlier kick-off, Atalanta recorded an important victory over Portuguese Primeira Liga side Sporting CP in Lisbon, giving them a perfect start to life in Group D.

The Nerazzurri raced into a first half lead thanks to goals from Giorgio Scalvini and Matteo Ruggeri, as they sought to build on a 2-0 win over Rakow Czestochowa in Matchday 1.

Sporting hit back through a Viktor Gyokeres penalty midway through the second half, but Gian Piero Gasperini‘s side held out for victory.

With Sporting expected to pose the greatest challenge to Atalanta‘s hopes of topping the group, a win at the Estadio Jose Alvalade provides the La Dea with a strong platform to secure qualification.

Atalanta face SK Sturm Graz next and will be confident of picking up a further three points, as they seek to make an impact on the continental stage.

Atalanta’s Matteo Ruggeri celebrates (@Atalanta_BC)

Fiorentina fumble opportunity

Having struggled to a 2-2 draw against Genk in Matchday 1, the pressure was on for Fiorentina to earn a first win in the Europa Conference League when they hosted Hungarian club Ferencvaros, and La Viola crumbled under the pressure.

Struggling to test Denes Dibusz in goal, Vincenzo Italiano‘s side were undone at the other end by a Barnabas Varga effort, before Ibrahim Cisse doubled the lead.

Antonin Barak pulled a goal back for the Gigliati and Nicolas Gonzalez looked to have rescued a point with a late tap in, only for VAR to rule it out. With time almost up, the Viola dramatically drew level thanks to a Jonathan Ikone goal, but the draw will hardly fill them with confidence.

Beaten finalists in last year’s edition, Fiorentina harbour hopes of joining Roma in claiming the Europa Conference League crown but have made an underwhelming start in Group F.


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