Written By Jacobs Dunga
The Italian Serie A continues to stamp its presence on this season’s European competitions with a couple of positive results on Thursday.
Following the conclusion of the first leg tie of the Champions League quarter finals on Wednesday, three other Italian teams were involved in Europe on Thursday.
Juventus, AS Roma and Fiorentina were all in action in the Europa League and Europa Conference League.
It was a mixed bag of results in the former as Juventus recorded a slim 1-0 victory over Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon.
The Portuguese side created the better chances in the game but it was Federico Gatti’s goal that separated both sides in a keenly contested battle.
Roma travelled to Netherlands to face Feyenoord who they beat in last season’s Conference League final and it was Lorenzo Pellegrini’s penalty miss that set them on the path to a 0-1 loss.
The Giallorossi also lost Paulo Dybala and Tammy Abraham to injuries, a situation that could affect the team as the season enters its final stages.
The second leg matchups are billed for Lisbon and Rome respectively come next Thursday and both teams would hope to make it to the last four of the second tier of European club competition.
Fiorentina in the Conference League made light work of polish side Lech Poznan in their quarter final first leg tie.
The Viola recorded an emphatic victory away from home to put one foot in the semi finals.
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Vicenzo Italiano’s men have been reborn since the second half of the season began and they’ve hardly put a foot wrong.
Goals from Arthur Cabral, Nicolas Gonzalez, Giacomo Bonaventura and Jonathan Ikone saw the Florence outfit breeze past their hosts who could only get a solitary consolation goal.
That game made it thirteenth since they last lost a game. A 0-1 reverse at the hands of Juventus in Serie A.
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