Atalanta marked their debut within the knockout levels of the Champions League in type by crushing Valencia 4-1 within the first leg of their final 16 conflict in Italy.
Josip Ilicic starred for the Italians who punished their extra skilled opponents and gave them a mountain to climb within the second leg on the Mestalla in three weeks’ time.
Gian Gasperini’s in-form aspect – who made headlines by firing seven previous Torino in January – grabbed the lead within the 16th minute by Hans Hateboer.
Two-goal Atalanta hero Hans Hateboer wins #UCLMOTM! 👏👏👏
👉 He’ll be certainly one of 4 gamers in tonight’s vote the place you crown Participant of the Week 👑 pic.twitter.com/WTn8BtoMhD
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 19, 2020
And when Ilicic grabbed Atalanta’s second from the sting of the field three minutes earlier than the interval it set the hosts up for one more memorable night.
Remo Freuler curled house his aspect’s third within the 58th minute and Hateboer grabbed his second 5 minutes later, earlier than Valencia substitute Denis Cheryshev gave his aspect a glimmer of hope.
RB Leipzig moved nearer to the quarter-finals after edging a decent 1-Zero win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
Additionally taking part in their first recreation within the knockout levels, the German aspect sealed their deserved benefit by Timo Werner’s second half penalty.
Hugo Lloris made various excellent saves to minimise the harm for Jose Mourinho’s males, who have been with out the injured pair Son Heung-min and Harry Kane.
Giovani Lo Celso missed one of the best likelihood for Spurs, who will need to repeat their come-from-behind win over Ajax final season having succumbed to an analogous first leg deficit.