AC Milan Secures Place in Europa League Last-16 Draw Despite Thrilling Loss to Rennes

AC Milan Secures Place in Europa League Last-16 Draw

AC Milan Secures Place in Europa League Last-16 Draw

Trailing 3-0 from the initial leg in Italy, Rennes sparked hope for a remarkable comeback by taking the lead through Benjamin Bourigeaud’s goal in the 11th minute. AC Milan, however, responded as Luka Jovic’s header leveled the score on the night. Bourigeaud’s penalty briefly restored Rennes’ lead, only for AC Milan to equalize again through Rafael Leao. The French side’s Bourigeaud completed his hat-trick with another penalty, but AC Milan ultimately secured a 5-3 aggregate victory in the knockout round play-off tie.

Former Chelsea player Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who netted two goals in the first leg, entered the match as a substitute for AC Milan in the second half. Despite their win, AC Milan will be unseeded in the upcoming draw, potentially facing seeded British teams such as Liverpool, West Ham, Brighton, or Rangers.

In another fixture, Roma advanced on penalties against Feyenoord. With the aggregate score tied at 2-2 after 120 minutes, Roma emerged victorious in the shootout with a 4-2 score, thanks to goalkeeper Mile Svilar’s crucial saves.

Azerbaijan’s Qarabag progressed by defeating Sporting Braga 6-5 on aggregate despite losing the second leg 3-2 in a dramatic night in Baku. Nariman Akhundzade, 19, scored the decisive goal for the hosts, who played with ten men from the 57th minute.

The clash between Freiburg and Lens saw the German club stage a comeback from a 2-0 deficit at home, advancing 3-2 after extra time. Michael Gregoritsch, the Austrian forward, secured the victory with a 99th-minute winner.

With goals from former Arsenal and Chelsea forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and ex-Watford winger Ismaila Sarr, Marseille eliminated Shakhtar Donetsk with a 3-1 win, securing a 5-3 aggregate victory. Sporting Lisbon, Sparta Prague, and Benfica also secured their spots in the upcoming draw on Friday.

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