With a clean sweep through the first three group stage matches, Roma's Europa League campaign got off to a flying start. After struggling somewhat in the first fixture against tiny FC Sheriff, a closer-than-we-recall 2-1 win, Roma rebounded to topple Servette and Slavia Prague by a combined 6-0 scoreline. Their domestic calendar may have been a mess, but at least José Mourinho’s men were getting the job done in Europe.
However, their luck changed in the return fixtures, as they lost 2-0 against Slavia Prague and drew 1-1 with Servette. With a must-win situation in their final group stage match last week, Roma needed to beat FC Sheriff and hope that Slavia Prague lost to Servette to secure qualification to the knockout round. Otherwise, they would be forced to play in the Europa League Knockout Round Playoff against one of the third-place teams from the Champions League.
While Roma dispatched Sheriff 3-0 last Thursday in the Italian capital, Slavia Prague wiped the floor with Servette in a 4-0 rout, relegating Roma to the playoff round. And moments ago in Nyon, the Giallorossi were drawn against Feyenoord, who finished third in a Champions League group that featured Atletico Madrid, Lazio, and Celtic.
Roma are, of course, no strangers to Feyenoord, having faced the Dutch club three times in the past two years, including a 1-0 win in the final of the inaugural Europa Conference League in 2022. The two sides met again last spring in the Europa League quarterfinals, with Roma advancing to the semis after a thrilling 4-1 extra-time victory at the Stadio Olimpico.
Roma and Feyenoord will square off in a two-leg tie contested on February 15th in Rotterdam and February 22nd in Rome.
So, my fellow Roma fans, how do we feel about this draw? Can Roma pull off the hat-trick against Feyenoord?