In what will undoubtedly go down as one of the most thrilling fixtures of the Jose Mourinho era, Roma punched their ticket to the Europa League semi-finals after knocking out Feyenoord 4-2 on aggregate.
After losing last year’s Conference League final to Jose Mourinho’s side, Feyenoord once again found themselves on the losing end to Roma, unable to take advantage of their narrow lead entering this evening.
Arne Slot’s men spent much of the first half unbothered by Roma’s attacking initiative and were more than happy to sit back and try to defend their narrow 1-0 lead.
However, Giallorossi finally found the back of the net in the 60th minute when Leonardo Spinazzola’s slow roller had enough power to sneak past Justin Bijlow.
With the tie now level on aggregate, the Dutch side turned up their attacking aggression and began to pile the pressure on the hosts.
Their efforts were ultimately rewarded late in the clash after Igor Paixão took advantage of spotty marking from Roger Ibanez and headed the ball past Rui Patricio.
Leading 2-1 on aggregate, Feyenoord had all but punched their ticket to the Europa League semi-finals: that is until Paulo Dybala once again played the role of hero at the death.
La Joya showed world class control on an exceptional pass from captain Lorenzo Pellegrini and smashed the ball into the back of the net to level the affair on aggregate and send the tie into extra time.
With all the momentum on their side and the Stadio Olimpico going crazy, Roma ran riot over Feyenoord during both extra time sets.
The Giallorossi struck early when Tammy Abraham delivered a mouthwatering cross to Stephan El Shaarawy, who tapped home to give the hosts a 3-1 lead.
Feyenoord came close to leveling after a mishap from Marah Kumbulla but they couldn’t take advantage.
They were made to pay after the extra time break when Lorenzo Pellegrini added to their misery and scored the Giallorossi’s fourth, putting the tie out of reach and securing progression for the capital club.