Valencia have given themselves a mountain to climb in their Champions League last-16 tie away to Atalanta following a 4-1 defeat at San Siro on Wednesday night.

The Italian side took the lead after 16 minutes when Hans Hateboer got in front of Jose Gaya to poke a shot into the corner following an inswinging cross into the six-yard box..

Goalkeeper Jaume Domenech got a hand to it, but could not prevent it from going in and the goalkeeper was furious at his defenders as Josip Ilicic fired in from just inside the box three minutes before half time.


Valencia had their moments too, but Atalanta again dominated at the start of the second half and scored a third when Remo Freuler was given space to curl home from the edge of the area after 58 minutes.

Hateboer then ran down the left and hit a fourth five minutes later and Atalanta’s fans were in dreamland.

Substitute Denis Cherysev pulled one back with a low strike from distance at the other end and Albert Celades’ side missed further chances in the closing stages, leaving themselves with a huge task at Mestalla in three weeks’ time to make it into the quarter-finals. @here Atalanta-Valencia

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