Valencia suffer Champions League exit with 4-3 defeat against Atalanta

Valencia’s Champions League exit has been confirmed thanks to a Josip Ilicic-inspired 4-3 last 16 loss at home to Serie A side Atalanta.

The Italians headed into the game with a 4-1 first leg lead following a convincing performance at the San Siro a fortnight ago.

However, despite holding a commanding aggregate lead, it was far from straightforward for Gian Piero Gasperini’s side at an empty Estadio Mestalla.

Slovenian international Ilicic put the visitors in front after just three minutes, netteing a penalty after being hauled down by Mouctar Diakhaby.

However, Valencia reacted quickly as Kevin Gameiro clipped home Rodrigo Moreno’s through ball on 21 minutes, to level things up on the night.

But the game continued to see saw just before the break, as Ilicic netted his second penalty on 44 minutes, after Diakhaby’s handball.

Albert Celades’ side came back into it again after the break, as Gameiro bulleted home a header from Ferran Torres’ cross on 51 minutes, before the Spanish international got himself on the score sheet on 67 minutes.

However, despite Valencia’s best efforts to mount an incredible comeback, Ilicic was to end the game with a brilliant flourish.

The former Fiorentina man completed his hat trick on 71 minutes, sweeping home Alejandro Gomez’s cross.

And he completed an outrageous individual performance with a fourth goal with eight minutes to go, curling home from 15 yards.

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