Roma are doing well! By winning 3-1, José Mourinho’s team qualified for the Europa League play-offs by finishing second in their group just ahead of Ludogorets Razgrad, returned to the lower level. But the match was much less easy than the score suggests.
After a rush and a shot outside the area, Rick gave the Bulgarians a logical advantage at the break (1-0, 42nd). But from the start of the second period, the Italians got chances in series, without success. We had to wait for two penalties transformed by Lorenzo Pellegrini, one to the right of the goalkeeper (56th), the other to the left (65th) to take control of this meeting.
A definitive advantage? Not at all since the Bulgarians equalized, before the VAR warned that a Bulgarian player had put his hand in the face of an Italian at the start of the action. A minor fault but the referee, after viewing, refused this goal (78th). A few moments later, Nicolo Zaniolo sealed the deal after a great breakthrough (3-1, 85th). In this group, Betis, already assured of their first place, won against HJK Helsinki with a goal from Nabil Fekir after a quick counter-attack (3-0).
Union Berlin in the play-offs, Arsenal ensures
Arsenal, with a second team, confirmed its leadership of group A by beating FC Zurich on a goal from Kieran Tierney (1-0, 17th). Union Berlin, the astonishing leader of the German championship, also validated its ticket for the play-offs of this Europa League by beating Union Saint-Gilloise (1-0, Sven Michel, 6th), the leader of this group D. The Germans finish second.