European round-up: Atalanta, AS Roma and Fiorentina all qualify from the group stages

It was a successful night for the Italian teams in the Europa League and Europa Conference League as AS Roma, Atalanta and Fiorentina all made it out of their groups with a game to spare.

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The Europa League and Europa Conference League‘s Matchday 5 fixtures ended up being successful for the three Italian sides as AS Roma, Atalanta and Fiorentina all qualified from their groups with a game to spare.

With three of the four Champions League sides failing to win earlier in the week, there was pressure on the three Europa League/Conference League sides. Two of the three won their matches, but all three made it out of the groups.

The best news was for Atalanta fans, who know that their side are going to finish top of the group and will avoid a playoff against one of the teams that finishes third in a Champions League group.

Atalanta qualify top of their group

Atalanta’s Giorgio Scalvini. [@Atalanta_BC]

This has been an impressively efficient Europa League campaign from Atalanta so far and with their 1-1 draw against Sporting CP at the Gewiss Stadium on Thursday, they secured top spot in Group D.

It was always likely that they would get through the group given the other two teams were Sturm Graz and Rakow Czestochowa, but to ensure a place ahead of Sporting with a game to spare is great work.

Gianluca Scamacca gave La Dea the lead in the first half with an incredibly powerful shot that probably should have been saved. The Italian seemed to catch Antonio Adan out with how early he shot. Englishman Marcus Edwards equalised for Sporting in the second half but a point was all Atalanta needed to ensure they finish top.

AS Roma qualify after stuttering campaign

AS Roma’s Romelu Lukaku. [@OfficialASRoma]

AS Roma are also safely through to the next round of the Europa League, but they are not certain of their place at the top of the table. They only managed to draw 1-1 away at Servette on Thursday which is a disappointing result.

Slavia Praha winning against Servette means that they are top of the group with a two-point lead over Roma. The Giallorossi need to make sure that they win their final game against Sheriff, and that Servette beat Slavia Praha. Only then will Jose Mourinho‘s side be top of the group and avoid the knockout playoff round against a third-placed Champions League team.

The main perk of this game was that Romelu Lukaku scored once again in the Europa League. That was his 10th goal in 16 games for Roma. It took him until May to reach 10 goals last season.

Pressure tells for Fiorentina

Fiorentina completed the set of qualified Italian teams in the Europa League and Europa Conference League, but they are also not certain of first place. Unlike Roma, though, their fate is in their own hands.

They were hosting Genk at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, but fell behind on the stroke of half-time. There was an instant response from Lucas Martinez Quarta which brought Fiorentina level.

La Viola were certainly applying the pressure throughout the game as they registered 24 shots, eight of which were on target. The winner came in the final 10 minutes from Nico Gonzalez, netting a penalty that took Fiorentina to the top of the group with a 2-1 win.

They are two points ahead of Ferencvaros, who they face in Budapest on the final matchday. The winner of that game will be top of the group, but a draw will be enough for Vincenzo Italiano‘s side.

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