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Milan conjures up magic on Europe’s side stage – Europa League

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Milan conjures up magic on Europe’s side stage – Europa League

The first games of the new year in the Europa League and the Conference League were played on Thursday evening. In the playoff round, some well-known clubs fight for a ticket to the round of 16.

The most prominent participant in this intermediate round is the multiple Champions League winner AC Milan, who was kicked out of the premier class and now wants to start in the Europa League. The Rossoneri got off to a successful start with an impressive 3-0 win against Rennes. Double goalscorer Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Rafael Leao literally shot the French, who had recently been in such strong form, out of the San Siro with their goals. This paved the way to the next round for the Milanese team.

Things could get really tight for Roma in the second leg next week. However, Romelu Lukaku still keeps the door open for the De Rossi team. He ended his goal drought in the difficult away game against Feyenoord Rotterdam and contributed to the final 1-1 with his goal.

SC Freiburg also has a tricky task to solve. The Bundesliga club had a difficult time in the Lens cauldron for a long time, but saved a goalless draw in the second leg. The Young Boys from Bern, on the other hand, lost 3-1 at home to Sporting.

Conference League: Grazer Gala, Frankfurt zittert

After a lightning start, Eintracht Frankfurt carelessly lost a better starting position in the fight for a place in the round of 16 of the Conference League. The German Bundesliga club only managed a 2-2 draw at Union Saint-Gilloise in Belgium despite an early two-goal lead and faces a tricky task in the second leg in a week’s time.

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Sturm Graz was able to celebrate four times at home against Slovan. © APA / ERWIN SCHERIAU

Sturm Graz, on the other hand, can hope for more in the first European Cup spring after a 23-year break. The Graz team deservedly won 4-1 at home against Slovan Bratislava and thus created an excellent starting position for promotion to the round of 16.

There were surprising setbacks in the first leg for Ajax (2-2 against Bodo/Glimt) and Betis Sevilla (0-1 against Dinamo Zagreb).

The European Cup Thursday at a glance

Europa League, Playoffs
Feyenoord – Roma 1:1
Galatasaray – Sparta Prague 3:2
Shakhtar Donetsk – Marseille 2:2
Young Boys – Sporting 1:3
Milan – Rennes 3:0
Benfica – Toulouse 1:1
Braga – Qarabag 2:4
Lens – Freiburg 0:0

Conference League, Playoffs
Molde – Legia 3:2
Olympiacos Piraeus – Ferencvaros 1:0
Saint-Gilloise – Frankfurt 2:2
Sturm Graz – Slovan Bratislava 4:1
Ajax – Bodo/Glimt 1:2
Betis – Dinamo Zagreb 0:1
Maccabi Haifa – Gent 1:0
Servette Genf – Ludogorets 0:0

Second leg: March 22nd

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