Thursday. 09.02.2023
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Villarreal win 3-2 at Atalanta to secure final round of 16 spot in CL

The draws for the Champions League last 16 and Europa League play-offs are on Monday

09 December 2021, Italy, Bergamo: Atalanta's Hans Hateboer (R) and Villarreal's Pervis Estupinan battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group F soccer match between Atalanta BC and Villarreal CF at Gewiss Stadium. Photo: Francesco Scaccianoce/LPS via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa.
Atalanta's Hans Hateboer (R) and Villarreal's Pervis Estupinan battle for the ball at Gewiss Stadium. Photo: Francesco Scaccianoce/dpa.

Arnaut Danjuma scored a brace and Villarreal then withstood a late charge from hosts Atalanta to win 3-2 and secure the last berth in the round of 16 of the Champions League on Thursday.

The match was postponed by a day owing to heavy snowfall on Wednesday but the Spanish visitors were undeterred and 3-0 up after 51 minutes from Danjuma's double and Etienne Capoue netting in-between.

Atalanta rallied from Ruslan Malinovskyi in the 71st and Duvan Zapata nine minutes later but were unable to complete a full turnaround they would have needed to advance.

Instead, Villarreal join group winners Manchester United in the last 16 while Atalanta move into a play-off against a Europa League runner-up for a place in the last 16 of the second tier event.

The draws for the Champions League last 16 and Europa League play-offs are on Monday.

Villarreal win 3-2 at Atalanta to secure final round of 16 spot in CL
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