In recent times, Serie A has been criticised for going backwards and diminishing in worth and prestige. Club's owners have admitted that the will lose star players in the near-future due to the lack of finances in Italy, and now one of the most historic Italian teams, Parma, face exclusion.
However, last night was a positive night for Italy and Serie A as all five of their Europa League teams made it through to the last-16 stages.
Fiorentina, Napoli, AS Roma, Torino and Inter Milan all overcame their opposition over two-legs and will all be in the draw for the next round.
Starting off with Fiorentina. They had the toughest draw as they took on Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur.
The Serie A side gained a respectable draw at White Hart Lane, giving them the initiative going into the second-leg at home, and after goals from Mario Gomez and ex-Chelsea player Mohamed Salah, Fiorentina advanced 2-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate.
Roberto Mancini's Inter Milan probably had game of the round when they drew 3-3 with SPL side Celtic in Scotland, but last night they settled for a 1-0 victory with Fredy Guarin scoring a late rocket.
Worth noting Celtic had a man sent off in the first-half putting their backs against the wall.
After drawing 2-2 at home, Torino were underdogs to advance against La Liga side Athletico Bilbao, but after heroics in Spain, they advanced thanks to a 3-2 victory, which saw them take the lead three times in the game before finally sealing the win thanks to Matteo Darmian.
Then came to two giants in Italian football as Roma and Napoli both looked to put their Champions League failures behind them. Roma were eliminated in the group stages whilst Napoli failed to get through the qualification round, but they are both strong favourites to lift the Europa League.
Roma however had a tricky tie against Feyenoord, and after drawing 1-1 in Rome, they had a big job to do last night in Holland.
However, they got through thanks to a 2-1 win, which was marred by fan incidents throughout the night.
As for Napoli, all was easy for them as they beat Trabzonspor 1-0 on the night in Naples, but went through 5-0 winners on aggregate.
So after weeks of negative press and clubs falling from grace, finally, Serie A football had a positive night last night and things are looking good for them in the Europa League.
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