Atalanta punched their ticket into the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals with a 4-3 victory on the road over Valencia at the Mestalla. The aggregate for both legs ended up 8-4 in favor for Atalanta as midfielder Josip Ilicic had one of the best games in Champions League history by scoring all four goals. Unfortunately, there were no people in the stands to witness history due to the coronavirus.
Although Atalanta was already ahead 4-1 from the first leg, the club from Bergamo attacked from the start. Ilicic made an amazing run into the Valencia penalty area and was tripped in the second minute. Ilicic put the penalty kick away in the 3rd minute to put Atalanta up 1-0.
However, Valencia bounced right back with a goal by Kevin Gameiro in the 21st minute to put the score at 1-1. Atalanta came right back as Valencia suffered another penalty on a hand ball in an attempt to stop Ilicic from scoring again. Ilicic did score again on another penalty kick right before half to put Atalanta up 2-1 at intermission.
Then, Gameiro came back to score another goal off of a header to tie the match at 2-2. For some reason, Valencia’s coach did not start Gameiro in the first leg. After that, things became a little bit interesting after Valencia took the lead on a wonderful counterattacking goal by teenage sensation Ferran Torres to put Valencia up 3-2. The comeback was squashed because Ilicic scored two more goals to put the game out of reach.