When the final whistle rang out in the capital at 11.19pm, a growing pocket of Neroverdi fans started their own party in Sassuolo, having watched the action unfold on a giant screen in the town square.
Over 1,000 people had gathered in the Piazza Garibaldi, becoming temporary Bianconeri fans as their own side’s sixth-place finish, their best-ever since being founded in 1922, earned them a spot amongst Europe’s second-most elite competition.
The club’s official Twitter joined in on the celebrations, reaping the rewards of a tough campaign that boiled down to a tense night in Rome that was ultimately out of their hands.
“Europa what?! EUROPA LEAGUE! A historic achievement!” read an excitable message on the Neroverdi’s social media account.
So many of their fans will have witnessed a club rise up from Serie C2, under the tutelage of owner Giorgio Squinzi, in just 10 years, marking the next chapter in the incredible rise of Sassuolo.