Villarreal survive Atalanta fightback for final last 16 spot

The Dutch global put Atalanta ahead inside three minutes and Etienne Capoue multiplied the lead without further ado before halftime on one more crisp evening in Bergamo.

Danjuma scored again right off the bat in the subsequent half however Villarreal had to hang on as Atalanta reacted with objectives from Ruslan Malinovskyi and Duvan Zapata while hitting the woodwork multiple times.

Villarreal wrapped as sprinters up to Group F victors Manchester United, with Atalanta going into the Europa League knockout round end of the season games in February.

Quarterfinalists two seasons prior, Atalanta required a success to move above Villarreal into second spot in the gathering however made an unfortunate beginning to a game pushed back from yesterday after a cool spell cleared across northern Italy.

Merih Demiral lost belonging and Dani Parejo sent Danjuma clear of the Atalanta guard to space between the legs of goalkeeper Juan Musso.

Atalanta commander Rafael Toloi headed over from a freekick and Remo Freuler drew a flying recovery from Geronimo Rulli, however Villarreal made it 2-0 as Capoue controlled inside the space and penetrated home.

Gerard Moreno set up Danjuma to snatch Villarreal’s third on 51 minutes, apparently finishing any expectations for Atalanta.

Malinovskyi cut the bar not long before the hour with a freekick and Zapata shaved the outside of the post.

The hosts at last pulled one back by means of Malinovskyi’s diverted drive with 20 minutes to play and Zapata dinked over the progressing Rulli to give Atalanta trust.

Zapata went directly at Rulli before Luis Muriel shook the post as Atalanta laid attack to the Villarreal objective however the rebound eventually missed the mark.

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