European round-up: Atalanta and Fiorentina top their groups, AS Roma finish second

Atalanta and Fiorentina topped their groups in the Europa League and Europa Conference League whereas AS Roma finished second and will go into a playoff against a third-placed Champions League team.

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The Europa League and Europa Conference League‘s Matchday 6 fixtures saw Atalanta and Fiorentina finish first in their respective groups whereas AS Roma had to second for second place in theirs.

All three Italian entrants had secured their places in the previous European matchday, so the latest list of fixtures were to finalise the final group placings. La Dea and the Giallorossi will be joined with AC Milan, who finished third in their Champions League group.

AS Roma needed Servette to defeat Slavia Prague for the Giallorossi to top their group, but the Czechs won, which means that the Italian club will go into a playoff against one of the teams that finishes third in a Champions League group bar Milan.

Atalanta comfortably top Group D after emphatic win over Rakow Czestochowa

Atalanta’s Luis Muriel celebrates. [@Atalanta_BC]

Atalanta defeated Rakow Czestochowa 4-0 in their final Group D match in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

La Dea coach Gian Piero Gasperini rested most of his team for the trip to Poland with Charles De Ketelaere being one of their regular starters featuring from the first whistle. Despite the efforts of Rakow to spring a surprise, the superior quality of the Bergamaschi was too much for them.

Luis Muriel opened the scoring after 14 minutes and young defender Giovanni Bonfanti doubled Atalanta’s lead in the 26th minute. The Colombian veteran added his second and his team’s third in the second half, then De Ketelaere sealed the victory two minutes into injury time.

La Dea finished with 14 points with Sporting CP from Portugal finishing with three points less in second spot.

AS Roma end up as runners-up despite comfortable victory against Sheriff

AS Roma’s Romelu Lukaku. [@OfficialASRoma]

AS Roma have finished behind Group G winners Slavia Prague despite beating Sheriff 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday.

The Czech squad clinched first place after they defeated Servette 4-0, sending the Romans into a playoff with a team that finished third in one of the Champions League groups. Slavia finished with 15 points with the Giallorossi ending two points behind.

Romelu Lukaku and Nicola Zalewski played starring roles against Sheriff, just days after they were sent off in their recent Serie A encounter with Fiorentina. The Italo-Polish wing-back supplied assists for Lukaku and Andrea Belotti in the first half, and the Belgian striker turned provider at the end of the game, creating a goal for youngster Niccolo Pisilli.

Fiorentina draw away to Ferencvaros enough to top group

Fiorentina’s Michael Kayode in action against Ferencvaros. [@acffiorentina]

Fiorentina sealed first place in Group F of the Europa Conference League after a draw away to Ferencvaros, which was also enough for the Hungarians to progress through to the knockout rounds along with the Gigliati.

Kristoffer Zachariassen opened the scoring three minutes into the second half for the home side, but Luca Ranieri equalised in the 73rd minute to ensure that the Florentines topped the group.

Although Genk won 2-0 against Cukaricki, it was not enough for the Belgians to join Fiorentina in the next round.

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