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Atalanta walk out of Champions League in regret

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Atalanta walk out of Champions League in regret

Atalanta walk out of Champions League in regret

Atalanta failed to advance to Champions League round 16 stage after they lost a match to Villarreal, who became the last team to reach Champions League knockouts. Two goals from Duvan Zapata and Ruslan Malinowskyi in the second half were not enough for La Dea to make it to the next level of the prestigious football tournament.

For the Yellow Submarines, Arnat Danjuma kicked the ball twice in the 3rd and 51st minute while Etienne Capoue hit the net once in the 42nd minute. On the other hand, Malinowskyi made a comeback in the 71st minute taking the scoreboard to 3-1. Within 10 minutes Duvan Zapata helped the team for a 3-2 match score but failed to win.

Atalanta finished third in the group and will have to play in the playoffs to make it to the last 16 of the Europa League. Villarreal last won the Europa League by defeating Manchester United. 

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini says his side leaves the Champions League with a lot of regrets after a 3-2 defeat on Thursday night. “We usually manage to give our best in games like this, but instead we had just a horrible start and it becomes difficult when you go behind at this level,” Gasperini told Amazon Prime Italia.

“We got the sensation as time wore on that we could get back into it, but it was too late. When Muriel hit the post, if that had gone in for 3-3, it would’ve given us a chance to throw everything at them. It is also true that in the 90 minutes we were unable to play the way we can.

“There are even more regrets because we went out in a game that we were more than capable of winning. The players have put in so many good performances this season, an off day can happen. When we managed to improve the quality of the football, that’s when we created lots of scoring opportunities.

“With Villarreal taking such an early lead, they could sit back even deeper and we struggled to break them down. The whole first half was not good, we misplaced passes and lacked our usual quality. We leave the Champions League with a lot of regrets.”

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