Italian sides in good shape in Europa

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) While Italian teams struggle to advance in the Champions League, Serie A could have a clean sweep of representatives in the knockout stage of the Europa League after the fifth round of group games.

Fiorentina is one of four teams to have qualified for the last 32 of Europe's secondary club competition with two games to spare. Wins for fellow Italian clubs Inter Milan and Napoli on Thursday will put them through and Torino could also progress with a victory.

It's a different story for Italy in the Champions League, where the fates of Juventus and Roma - the country's top two teams - will only be settled in their final group games.

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