VALENCIA (SPAIN) – Return of the Champions League round of 16 , Valencia-Atalanta 3-4 (first leg 1-4 ), goal: Ilicic on penalty at 2 ', Gameiro at 21', Ilicic on penalty at 42 ', Gameiro at 51 ', Torres at 67', Ilicic at 71 ', Ilicic at 82'.
Atalanta among the top eight teams in Europe in its first participation in the Champions League. After the 4-1 of the first leg, the nerazzurri also won 4-3 on the return, with poker of an extraordinary Ilicic, giving a smile to his fans who remained in Bergamo for the now known events of the coronavirus.
In a closed-door Mestalla, Ilicic enchants, scores four goals and undermines the defense of Valencia (especially Diakhaby). The Slovenian earned and transformed two penalties. Then he dropped poker by finalizing two splendid choral action from his team. The European dream of the Goddess continues …
Valencia-Atalanta 3-4, too Ilicic for the hosts.
Valencia challenged Atalanta with Cillessen; Wass, Diakhaby, Coquelin, Gayà; Torres, Parejo, Kondogbia, Soler; Rodrigo Moreno, Gameiro. All. Celades
Atalanta responded to the Spaniards with Sportiello; Djimsiti, Caldara, Palomino; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Pasalic; Ilicic, Gomez. All. Gasperini
In the warm-up, the goalkeeper Gollini was injured, the expert Sportiello played in his place. Atalanta took the lead at the first lunge thanks to an extraordinary play by Ilicic. The Slovenian striker dribbled three opponents and was knocked out by Diakhaby. From eleven meters, Ilicic himself scored with a central conclusion that surprised Cillessen.
Valencia draw at 21 '. Palomino slides to steal the ball from Gameiro but goes to hinder his goalkeeper Sportiello and allows the French center forward to score the goal one by one. At 34 ', Rodrigo's safe shot was deflected for a corner by Caldara.
At 41 ', Atalanta was awarded a second penalty for Diakhaby's handball in his area. Ilicic displaced the goalkeeper and scored the brace. The first half ended on the result of two to one for Atalanta with a brace from Ilicic's disk.
Draw of Valencia at the start of the second half. Gameiro scored the brace in the 51st minute. Great test shot on Torres cross. The comeback of Valencia materialized at 67 '. Parejo launched Torres into the space who beat Sportiello with an applause lob.
Atalanta draw at 71 '. Ilicic, served by Zapata, beats the goalkeeper with a shot at the edge of the goal and takes home the ball in the hat-trick. Ilicic poker in the 81st minute. The Slovenian striker completes a splendid Atalanta choral action and beats the goalkeeper with a close touch on Freuler's assists. It's over, Atalanta won 4-3 in Valencia and qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals.
Source: Blitz Quotidiano