Milan have learned today who they’d face in the final round before the Europa League group stages, given they beat Bodø/Glimt next week.
The Rossoneri beat Shamrock Rovers 2-0 in the Europa League second preliminary stage but the road to the Group Stage goes through two more matches, against opponents of higher quality.
Next week Milan will face FK Bodø/Glimt at Stadio San Siro in the third preliminary round. The Norwegian side has been in ridiculous form: they are leading their league table by 13 points, with 15 wins out of 17 games, scoring 62 goals and conceding 19.
Bodø/Glimt will certainly not be an easy opponent for Milan, who return to Serie A on Monday with a game against Bologna at home. Today (Friday), the boys Stefano Pioli learned who they would face in the Europa League play-off round, should their efforts against Bodø/Glimt prove successful.
Milan had three options, to face the winners of Basel/Anorthosis or of Viktoria Plzeň/SønderjyskE or of Beşiktaş/Rio Ave. In the end they got the third option: should Milan beat Bodø/Glimt on September 25, they will face either Beşiktaş or Rio Ave away from home on October 1 (with extra time and a penalty shoot-out if required). The winners will progress to the Europa League Group Stage.
Considering Milan have to play away from home in such an important game, having no fans at the stadium could come as an advantage. But first, there’s Bologna and Bodø/Glimt.