Leeds United’s Mirco Antenucci reacts to Torino’s Europa League progress

Leeds United Crest

Leeds United forward Mirco Antenucci’s former club Torino progressed to the last 16 of the Europa League at the expense of Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.

Leeds United forward Mirco Antenucci has congratulated his former Torino teammate Matteo Darmian on progressing to the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday.

Darmian scored the decisive goal in the round-of-32 tie between Italian club Torino and Spanish outfit Athletic Bilbao.

The first leg of the tie had ended in a 2-2 draw in Turin last week, meaning that Bilbao were favourites to go through to the last 16 due to the two away goals.

Torino, though, had other ideas and won the second leg 3-2 to advance in the competition 5-4 on aggregate.

The Serie A side twice took the lead at San Mames, but they were pegged back on each occasion as the second leg looked to be heading towards a 2-2 draw.

Then, midway through the second half, Italy international defender Darmian scored what proved to be the tie-winning goal.

Darmian’s heroics in Spain delighted Leeds forward Antenucci, who played with his compatriot at Torino in 2011.

The 30-year-old took to social networking site Twitter to congratulate his former teammate and revel in Italian clubs’ success in Europa League on Thursday.

Fiorentina, Inter Milan, Torino, Roma and Napoli all booked their respective places in the last 16 of the competition, leading Antenucci to write on Twitter: “Great for our teams in the Europa League, super Toro and super bomber @DarmianOfficial.”

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch