Jose Mourinho’s Roma entered the group stage of the inaugural Europa Conference League on Thursday with a 3-0 play-off round second-leg win over Trabzonspor at the Stadio Olimpico.
The Italian side took an aggregate win of 5-1 to secure their spot in Friday’s draw and give Mourinho a third straight win since taking the lead.
Roma, who also won their Serie A opener against Fiorentina this weekend, put the equalizing goal out of reach for their Turkish visitors with Bryan Cristante’s 20th-minute strike.
Nicolo Zaniolo and substitute Stephan El Shaarawy both scored in the second half while Roma progressed with minimal fuss.
French club Rennes also came through, winning 3-1 against Rosenborg in Norway for an overall success 5-1.
Maximilian Wittek’s double helped Dutchman Vitesse Arnhem beat Anderlecht 2-1 and 5-4, while FC Copenhagen defeated Sivasspor 5-0 in the Danish capital after a 2-1 win in the first leg.
Lincoln Red Imps from Gibraltar reached the group stage of a European competition for the first time, beating Riga in extra time.
Later on Thursday, Harry Kane will captain Tottenham in their second game against Portugal’s Pacos de Ferreira in his first game since announcing he will remain with the club.
The Premier League team is trailing 1-0 in total.
In the Europa League play-offs, Fenerbahce defeated HJK in total 6-2 and won 5-2 in Finland, while Rapid Vienna defeated Zorya Luhansk 3-2 in Ukraine after last week’s 3-0 win in the Europa League. first stage.
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers entered the group stage, beating Alashkert 1-0 on aggregate after a goalless draw in Armenia.