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

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
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

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Atalanta 4, Valencia 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Atalanta 4, Valencia 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Atalanta. Conceded by Daniel Wass.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Atalanta. Conceded by Jaume Doménech.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Atalanta. Adrien Tameze replaces Mario Pasalic.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Mouctar Diakhaby (Valencia).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Duván Zapata (Atalanta).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ruslan Malinovskiy (Atalanta).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Marten de Roon (Atalanta).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Duván Zapata (Atalanta).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Atalanta. Ruslan Malinovskiy replaces Alejandro Gómez.

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