Atalanta shows up at the appointment with history in the best possible way: offering a service majestic against Valencia, in the first leg of the first knockout round of the Champions League. The Goddess, overflowing, has beaten 4-1 by the Spanish, coming one step away from mortgage qualification to the quarter-finals, which is balanced only by virtue of the network of Cheryshev in the final game. For 70 minutes, the San Siro is seen in the field only one team, driven by the goal of Hateboer (twice), antonio candreva and Freuler.
Hateboer, and the Danger, and the domain Atalanta
From the early stages of the race, it is evident that the 90 minutes of the San Siro will remain in the eyes of many, for a long time. Atalanta enters the well in the match and enforces immediately her break-neck pace. In the space of a quarter of an hour the Goddess first, she prepares two large opportunities with Gomez and Pasalic, then breaks through with Hateboer. And’ the hit that breaks through the dam built by the Valencia: the Spanish dance, systematically slashing offensive of the men in the tournament, and give the feeling of being able to give so much. At the same time, however, you are dangerously from the parts of Gollini in a couple of situation, with the stake was an attempt to Guedes. In the final lap, Josip Ilicic pulls out from the cylinder a solution of his own: on the right, his weaker foot, places it at the corner of the net from the edge of the area and fixed the score on the well-deserved 2-0 away win at Atalanta.
Atalanta is poker… then stops
The script does not change in the second half. The ball travels at a different speed compared to Valencia, win the duels in every area of the field and claims this difference is also under the door. Before Freuler, with a spectacular shot from outside the area, then Hateboer, a fury on the right lane, make it even more round the score to please the Goddess and make the San Siro in the centre of european football for a few minutes. It is here, in the moment of utmost confidence, that the nerazzurri make a mistake in the middle between inexperience and distraction: let their guard down and allow Valencia to get back in the race in the context of the double comparison. Cheryshev, just entered, is the goal that gives a sense of the race’s return to the Mestalla next march 10. Atalanta is startled, staggers again, but keeps hard and bring home a fantastic result, which generates even some regret for how it was handled in the final game. The measure of the level of awesome that arrived to the Atalanta of the Roma wall.