Roma, Juventus And Fiorentina March On, Lazio Fall Off In Europe
Written By Jacobs Dunga
Serie A teams on the continent continue to impress in European competitions as three of the four teams in the second and third tiers progressed.
Jose Mourinho is gradually turning AS Roma to a force in Europe with exciting results in the Europa League.
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The Giallorossi are through to the last eight of the competition after a goalless draw in San Mames gave them a 2-0 aggregate victory over Real Sociedad.
First leg goals from Stephan El Shaarawy and Marash Kumbulla were all the capital club needed to advance.
They’ll now wait to learn their quarter final opponents on Friday when the draws take place.
Juventus dropped down from the Champions League into the Europa League but have been making strides in the competition.
Max Allegri’s men have now dumped Nantes and Freiburg out of the competition and are on course to win their first European title since 1996.
Fiorentina, one tier down from the aforementioned clubs went to Turkey and dispatched hosts Sivasspor 4-1 to move to the quarter finals of the Conference League 5-1 on aggregate.
Vicenzo Italiano has been able to transform his boys from an inconsistent side to an all conquering force.
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They’ve now won all four of their knockout games in the competition scoring twelve goals along the line.
SS Lazio, the other Italian side in the competition lost both legs to Netherlands’ AZ Alkmaar in the round of 16.
The Biancocelesti have been far from convincing this season and would have to focus their attention on finishing as high as possible in the league.
Maurizio Sarri hasn’t been happy with the squad at his disposal and also complaining bitterly about the state of the pitches in Serie A.
Italy now have as much as six representatives across European competitions, more than any other nation.
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