European round-up: Joy for Atalanta and Fiorentina, AS Roma humbled

Atalanta and AS Roma had differing fortunes in the Europa League, whilst Fiorentina edged to victory in the Europa Conference League.

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It was a mixed evening for Serie A‘s representatives in the Europa League and Europa Conference League, with Atalanta and Fiorentina securing important victories, but AS Roma falling to defeat.

A 1-0 win over Sturm Graz allowed Atalanta to move clear at the top of their group in the Europa League, but Roma struggled to a 2-0 defeat to Slavia Prague to leave them with work to do to qualify.

Meanwhile, in the Europa Conference League, Fiorentina recorded a 1-0 win over Cukaricki to move into first place in their group.

Atalanta close in on knockout stages

Atalanta are on the brink of qualification for the knockout stages with a crucial win at the Gewiss Stadium, and look set to battle with Sporting CP for top spot in Group D.

A second half Berat Djimsiti goal was enough to set La Dea on their way to victory over Sturm Graz and move them onto 10 points, six clear of their Austrian opponents in third place.

With Sporting three points behind, Atalanta can wrap up qualification and top spot when the Portuguese heavyweights travel to Bergamo in Matchday 5, and Gian Piero Gasperini‘s side will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run in the competition.

Indeed, the Orobici will be eyeing up the Europa League as an opportunity for silverware this season and have laid down a marker with a strong campaign so far.

AS Roma defender Mehmet Zeki Celik strikes the ball (@ASRoma_en)

Rudderless Roma must shape up for Derby

Roma travelled to Czechia with the suggestion by Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri that their clash against Slavia Prague would be little more than a friendly ringing in their ears, ahead of the weekend’s Derby della Capitale, and the Lupi were certainly pedestrian in their approach.

Jose Mourinho named a strong starting line-up as Roma sought to cement qualification from Group G, but his side were undone by second half goals from Vaclav Jurecka and Lukas Masopust.

A dreadful performance meant that the Giallorossi never looked like threatening a comeback and questions will undoubtedly be asked ahead of the derby in Serie A on Sunday.

Whilst Roma will secure passage into the next round with a point against Servette in Matchday 5, the loss in Prague means that top spot is no longer in their hands and it may yet complicate their passage to a second successive final in the competition.

Fiorentina warm up ahead of a Europa Conference League match (@acffiorentina)

Fiorentina scrape by

It was better news for Fiorentina in the Europa Conference League, as they moved top of Group F with victory in Serbia and were too strong for Cukaricki.

The match was settled by an early M’Bala Nzola penalty, and whilst the Viola flattered to deceive at times, they nonetheless put three successive Serie A defeats behind them to emerge as victors and move onto eight points from four games.

It remains tight in the group, with Ferencvaros and Genk sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw and each sitting just two points behind Fiorentina.

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