Champions League - Round of 16 - 1st Leg
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Atalanta 4-1 Valencia: Hans Hateboer scores twice as Serie A side thump Spanish club

Remo Freuler
Atalanta's 12 Champions League goals have been scored by 10 different players - they have had more goalscorers than any other team in the Champions League this term

Atalanta's fairytale Champions League debut campaign looks set to continue into the quarter-finals after they thumped Valencia to take a commanding lead into the second leg of the last-16 tie.

Hans Hateboer, with two, Josip Ilicic and a wonder-strike from Remo Freuler saw off the two-time finalists, who were shell-shocked by the pace of their opponents in attack and their incisiveness. There is surely no way back for Albert Celades' Spanish side.

It has already been a wonderful few months for Gian Piero Gasperini's side, who finished third in Serie A to earn their spot in the competition and then qualified for the knockout stages despite losing their opening three group games.

Their home Champions League matches have been played at Milan's San Siro because their Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo, which is 55km away, does not meet Uefa requirements. But once again their devoted fans made the iconic stadium their own on Wednesday.

The reported 40,000 who travelled from Bergamo should have been celebrating an opener in the eighth minute when Mario Pasalic played a one-two with Josip Ilicic but then saw his shot pushed over the bar by keeper Jaume Domenech.

However, that last line of defence was beaten soon after when Dutchman Hateboer converted Papu Gomez's ball from close range. It was 2-0 just before the break courtesy of a fierce drive from Ilicic - the Slovenian has now scored 16 goals in all competitions this season.

Freuler then produced arguably the goal of the night with a stunning curling strike past the reach of Domenech, before the spritely Hateboer added a fourth when he galloped into the area from the right and drove a low shot into the far corner.

With a 4-0 advantage, Atalanta's concentration dipped. Jose Luis Palomino's backpass should have found a team-mate but was instead picked off by substitute Denis Cheryshev who struck a low shot to reduce the deficit.

The second leg is on Tuesday, 10 March.

Line-ups

Atalanta

  • 95Gollini
  • 2Toloi
  • 3CaldaraSubstituted forZapataat 75'minutes
  • 6Palomino
  • 33HateboerBooked at 79mins
  • 15de Roon
  • 11Freuler
  • 8Gosens
  • 88PasalicSubstituted forTamezeat 90+2'minutes
  • 72Ilicic
  • 10GómezSubstituted forMalinovskiyat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Tameze
  • 7Czyborra
  • 9Muriel
  • 18Malinovskiy
  • 21Castagne
  • 57Sportiello
  • 91Zapata

Valencia

  • 1Doménech
  • 18Wass
  • 12Diakhaby
  • 4Mangala
  • 14Gayà
  • 20Torres
  • 10Parejo
  • 6Kondogbia
  • 8Soler
  • 22GómezSubstituted forGameiroat 73'minutes
  • 7Gonçalo GuedesSubstituted forCheryshevat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Correia
  • 3Costa
  • 9Gameiro
  • 11Cheryshev
  • 13Cillessen
  • 23Sobrino
  • 37Molina Gutiérrez
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
44,236

Match Stats

Home TeamAtalantaAway TeamValencia
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away18
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home19
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Atalanta 4, Valencia 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Atalanta 4, Valencia 1.

Corner, Atalanta. Conceded by Daniel Wass.

Corner, Atalanta. Conceded by Jaume Doménech.

Substitution

Substitution, Atalanta. Adrien Tameze replaces Mario Pasalic.

Attempt missed. Ferran Torres (Valencia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Wass with a cross.

Duván Zapata (Atalanta) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mouctar Diakhaby (Valencia).

Offside, Valencia. Daniel Parejo tries a through ball, but José Gayà is caught offside.

Foul by Duván Zapata (Atalanta).

Daniel Wass (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ruslan Malinovskiy (Atalanta).

José Gayà (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Geoffrey Kondogbia (Valencia) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Parejo with a cross following a set piece situation.

Ferran Torres (Valencia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marten de Roon (Atalanta).

Attempt missed. Ruslan Malinovskiy (Atalanta) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Duván Zapata.

Foul by Duván Zapata (Atalanta).

Daniel Wass (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Atalanta. Ruslan Malinovskiy replaces Alejandro Gómez.

Attempt missed. José Gayà (Valencia) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Wass with a cross.

Booking

Hans Hateboer (Atalanta) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Hans Hateboer (Atalanta).

Denis Cheryshev (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Geoffrey Kondogbia (Valencia) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ferran Torres.

Attempt missed. Carlos Soler (Valencia) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Foul by Remo Freuler (Atalanta).

Ferran Torres (Valencia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Duván Zapata (Atalanta).

Mouctar Diakhaby (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Atalanta. Duván Zapata replaces Mattia Caldara.

Marten de Roon (Atalanta) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carlos Soler (Valencia).

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia. Kevin Gameiro replaces Maxi Gómez.

José Luis Palomino (Atalanta) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (Valencia).

Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Pierluigi Gollini.

Attempt saved. Ferran Torres (Valencia) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by José Gayà.

Attempt blocked. José Gayà (Valencia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Maxi Gómez with a headed pass.

Corner, Valencia. Conceded by José Luis Palomino.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG65101721516
2Real Madrid6321148611
3Club Bruges6033412-83
4Galatasaray6024114-132

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich66002451918
2Tottenham63121814410
3Olympiakos6114814-64
4Red Star Belgrade6105320-173

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City64201641214
2Atalanta6213812-47
3Shakhtar Donetsk6132813-56
4Dinamo Zagreb61231013-35

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus6510124816
2Atl Madrid631285310
3B Leverkusen620459-46
4Lokomotiv Moscow6105411-73

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool6411138513
2Napoli6330114712
3RB Salzburg6213161337
4KRC Genk6015520-151

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona642094514
2B Dortmund631288010
3Inter Milan621310917
4Slavia Prague6024410-62

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Leipzig6321108211
2Lyon62229818
3Benfica62131011-17
4Zenit St Petersburg621379-27

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Valencia632197211
2Chelsea6321119211
3Ajax6312126610
4Lille6015414-101
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