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Atalanta - Valencia CF
Champions League - 19 February 2020
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There's four minutes added, can Valencia snatch something/
Atalanta are succeeding in holding the ball well here, but there s still the possibility of a Valencia break, and that's shown by Gameiro breaking free on the right, whipping a dangerous ball in, but no-one's there in the middle.
Atalanta come close to a fifth, but the finish isn't there from Pasalic after some good link up work with Zapata.
- OffAlejandro GómezAtalanta
- OnRuslan MalinovskiyAtalanta
Deservedly, Alejandro Gomez is replaced for Atalanta.
CLOSE! A beautiful switch over to the right finds Wass in space, but Soler can't sneak it goalwards at the near post.
Some mistakes creeping in at the back for Atalanta, as Kondogbia wins the ball high in enemy lines, but screws his shot over having sat de Roon down.
Valencia have started coming forward in numbers now, but Parejo's cross is deflected into the path of Soler, who fires wide.
- OffMattia CaldaraAtalanta
- OnDuvan ZapataAtalanta
Duvan Zapata is coming on!? Atalanta sacrifice Caldara at the back and throw on their big Colombian in search of another goal!
- OffMaximiliano GómezValencia CF
- OnKevin GameiroValencia CF
Ah! Valencia have decided to show up! A flurry of crosses and a mixture of nerves from Atalanta, and suddenly an injection of experience as Maxi Gomez is replaced by Kevin Gameiro.
- OffGonçalo GuedesValencia CF
- OnDenis CheryshevValencia CF
Cheryshev is on, by the way, replacing Guedes.
- GoalDenis CheryshevValencia CF
GOAL! There's one back! Palamino with a terrible pass across the face, and the substitute Denis Cheryshev makes the most of it and punishes him. Game on?
- GoalHans HateboerAtalanta
GOAL! It's four! Hans Hateboer is at it again, and slides it beyond Domenech at his near post to end a brilliant driving run. Valencia are all over the place!
An hour in and still Valencia look flat. There's no urgency, no proper creativity, and it goes from bad to worse and Maxi Gomez misses a sitter to almost sum their fortunes.
- GoalRemo FreulerAtalanta
OH WHAT A GOAL! Atalanta's positivity is rewarded after a wonderful curling effort from Freuler! It's 3-0, and the lead seems almost unassailable!
CLOSE! A rare Valencia attack, and a Torres cross is just prodded wide by Soler.
CLOSE! Fizzed in by Gomez, and a deflection off Diakhaby just flies wide! A real let off for Valencia.
Valencia really aren't looking up for this one; nervy, heavy touches prove that they're really missing the Mestalla.
Atalanta are already on the front foot here, they've started the second half as they finished the first, and they mean business.
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- GoalJosip IlicicAtalanta
GOAL! What a fabulous strike! We questioned the exclusion of Duvan Zapata, but why bother when Josip Illicic can do something like that? The ball was fizzed into the Slovenian, but he's strong, holds off Soler, gets it out of his feet, and unleashes a rocket past Domenech, who could well have done better. What a hit, son, what a hit!
More sloppiness from Valencia as poor positioning from Eliaquim Mangala allows for a ball to be fizzed in behind for Gomez to chase, but the Argentine fires over and his blushes are spared by the raised flag on the far side.
The creative spark that Valencia need to draw level just isn't there at the moment. Parejo's passing game is looking off, and the final ball is really lack too.
CLOSE! Atalanta playing in front of a low Valencia block, with de Roon and Illicic linking up nicely, and the Dutchman leans back slightly too much with a long shot that wasn't all that far away.
CLOSE! What a chance from Valencia, who broke with pace, and Gaya slips Guedes through down the left, but he drags a cross-shot wide of the mark, with Maxi Gomez fuming, telling his strike partner where he'd wanted it. The Spaniards remain behind!
Alas! The commentator's curse! Soler gets in behind and tries to slam a shot inside Gollini's near post, but Atalanta survive a nervy 30 seconds as the ball cannons back off the frame of the goal!
It's also interesting that, having mentioned that Valencia's 4-4-2 was rigid, that they've not had a shot on target yet, and have only mustered one tame effort. Would greater tactical freedom allow for a more pertinent attacking threat?
It's well worth observing the midfield positioning for Valencia: Parejo and Kondogbia are sitting deeply, with the Spaniard playmaking and pulling the strings, with the Frenchman being the enforcer; aggressive in the tackle and breaking up the play, before releasing Parejo to express himself.
Two players to really watch for the hosts are former MIddlesbrough midfielder Marten de Roon and left wing-back Robin Gosens. Gomez may take all the plaudits and rightly so, but the cover that de Roon gives him and the impetus that Gosens can give down the left flank with his stamina and end product really give Atalanta a real boost. Both could easily suit the Premier League - could Gosens be a target for Tottenham, perhaps?
- GoalHans HateboerAtalanta
GOALLLLL!!! There it is! It seemed as though Valencia were growing into the game, but suddenly, with Gomez at the heart of things, the Atalanta captain whipped in a hopeful cross, for right wing-back Hans Hateboer to prod home, via Domenech's outstretched foot! First blood the Italians.
Some neat passing patterns from Valencia as they seek to gain full control of the ball. Dani Parejo is becoming more instrumental with his vision, whilst Guedes and Gomez are dropping into the pockets and peeling off the shoulder of the last man to give their skipper options.
CLOSE! What a chance for Mario Pasalic; a nice driving run from Illicic ends in Pasalic being threaded through by Gomez, but Domenech denies him and the scores remain even.
It's to be noted the number of cyncial fouls thus far, from both sides. Granted, they're used to a slower game than the typical frantic English speeds, but this tie could well be feisty.
CLOSE! Just over the bar from the Argentine with a right-footed smash, but the ball didn't quite dip in his favour as it soars over.
Alejandro Gomez is getting on the ball early here for the hosts, and he's chopped down by Dani Parejo as he darts towards the edge of the box. Real chance for the captain from this free kick...
Atalanta seem like they're tyring to put the pressure on the Spaniards early. Naivety, potentially? Passion and aggression is there, and that's a good sign. A good game should be ahead of us.
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The ball is in motion, off we go.
The teams are in the tunnel. the atmosphere is building to fever pitch. As Fabrizio Romano says on Twitter on Deadline Day: "Here we go!"
Valencia may well look to sit in and grind out a result. as they usually do, much like Sevilla have done. Their 4-4-2 is fairly rigid, and Daniel Wass, although a makeshift option at right-back, has flourished there and will use his creativity from the full-back berth, much like Trent Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool.
For those who don't know and for those who want to hear it, Atalanta play an expansive, fast-paced style, looking to utilise the pace of Alejandro Gomez, playing off a stronger striker, Josip Illicic tonight, Duvan Zapata predominantly. The wing-backs will push high, seeking to pin back the full-backs.
Valencia are in a 4-4-2 shape: Jaume, Wass, Diakhaby, Mangala, Gaya, Torres, Kondogbia, Parejo, Barragan, Guedes, Gomez. Kevin Gameiro and Denis Cheryshev are benched.
Hosts Atalanta line up in their typical 3-4-1-2: Gollini, Toloi, Palomino, Djimsiti, Gosens, Hateboer, de Roon, Freuler, Meijers, Pasalic, Gomez, Illicic.
Duvan Zapata is on the bench suprisingly, as too Mateo Caldara and Luis Muriel, a former FIFA favourite.
The teams are in! The lineups shortly...
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