Roma Set for Third Consecutive Showdown with Feyenoord in Europa League Play-Offs

In a striking twist of fate, last season’s Europa League finalists, Roma, are poised to face Feyenoord for the third consecutive campaign. The knockout round play-offs draw on Monday revealed the matchup, reigniting a rivalry that saw Jose Mourinho’s side emerge victorious in both their previous encounters.

Roma secured the Europa Conference League title in 2022 with a triumph over Feyenoord in Tirana. Subsequently, they met again in the quarter-finals of the Europa League last season, with Roma progressing to the final, albeit suffering a heartbreaking defeat to Sevilla on penalties.

The knockout round play-offs will witness the clash between teams that finished third in their Champions League groups and the runners-up from the Europa League group stage. The victors will earn a coveted spot in the Last 16, joining the eight group winners in the next stage of the competition.

Feyenoord, the reigning Dutch champions, transitioned to the UEFA Europa League after securing the third spot in their UEFA Champions League group, trailing behind Atletico Madrid and Lazio.

AC Milan, having finished third in their UEFA Champions League group, will face off against Ligue 1 side Rennes, creating an enticing matchup between two footballing powerhouses.

Shakhtar Donetsk, UEFA Cup winners in 2009, will lock horns with Marseille, the Europa League runners-up in 2018, in a clash that promises an intriguing battle between two accomplished teams.

The fixtures are scheduled for February, paving the way for the Last 16 action in March. Noteworthy participants in the upcoming stage include Premier League clubs Liverpool, West Ham United, and Brighton and Hove Albion, alongside Rangers, Atalanta, Villarreal, Slavia Prague, and Bayer Leverkusen.

As the journey unfolds, anticipation builds for the Europa League final set to take place in Dublin on May 22, offering football enthusiasts a thrilling climax to this season’s continental competition.