Italy's Serie A clubs have grabbed the oppurtunity to finally shine on European soil as it marks a sense of respite given their absence at the big stage in recent years. Italian domestic champions Juventus led the way in booking a berth in the semi-final of the Champions League and it was followed by the success of Fiorentina and Napoli who registered qualification for the semis of the Europa League.
Sevilla put their Europa League crown on the line on Thursday with a treacherous trip to Zenit St Petersburg, while two of the other quarter-finals remain on a knife-edge but Napoli are all but qualified after routing Wolfsburg last week.
Miroslav Klose opened the scoring as Lazio secured a precious 3-1 away win at Cagliari to keep the pressure on city rivals Roma on Saturday as they battle for Serie A`s second automatic Champions League qualifying spot.
The battle for a Champions League place should add extra spice to Saturday`s meeting of old rivals AS Roma and Napoli, yet the build up to the game suggests it could be played in a lukewarm atmosphere.
Turkish football club Trabzonspor has been fined 40,000 euros ($43,500) by European football governing body UEFA over its fans' rampant behaviour during the Europa League round of 16 match against Napoli of Italy.
Fiorentina tore apart Italian rivals AS Roma to reach the Europa League quarter-finals with a 3-0 win that left their opponents` season in tatters and under-fire coach Rudi Garcia tottering on the brink of the sack.