ROME — Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has had a two-match ban lifted on appeal, clearing him to play key matches against AC Milan and Juventus. Strootman had been banned for instigating a melee after scoring during Sunday’s Rome derby. After the goal and an extended celebration, words appeared to be exchanged as Roma’s players walked back onto the field alongside Lazio’s bench. Strootman appeared to toss water from a bottle at Lazio’s Danilo Cataldi, who reacted by tugging the neck of Strootman’s shirt as the Netherlands midfielder walked away. That prompted both benches to get involved. Cataldi, who had been on the bench, was given a red card while Strootman was shown a yellow. The two-match
Manchester United safely navigated their way into the knockout rounds of the Europa League after victory over Zorya Luhansk on Thursday (8 December). After losing twice in their group campaign away to Feyenoord and Fenerbahce, Jose Mourinho's side passed a tricky test in freezing conditions in Odessa, with Herikh Mkhitaryan scoring a sublime solo effort before Zlatan Ibrahimovic added a late second to seal a 2-0 win. The draw for the last 32 stage takes place in Nyon on Monday. But those two defeats on the road mean United enter it as an unseeded side, meaning they can meet any of the Europa League group winners in the first knock-out round, with the exception of Group A winners Fenerbahce. The
A.S. Roma plays its final group match game.