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Atalanta midfielder Andrea Rinaldi has died, aged 19, three days after suffering a brain aneurysm.
Josip Ilicic scored four times in a 4-3 win over Valencia to power the Champions League newcomers into the quarter-finals for a welcome boost back home in Bergamo.
Bergamo mayor Giorgio Gori has urged Atalanta fans to stay at home to watch their team's Champions League match in Valencia.
Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini hailed a performance his club will "remember forever" after the Italian side crushed Valencia.
Gian Piero Gasperini's Atalanta are counting on the wave of enthusiasm generated by the Italian outsiders remarkable run in their Champions League debut season.
Slovenia international Josip Ilicic scored two terrific goals as Atalanta demolished AC Milan in a Serie A encounter.
Atalanta secured a place in Champions League last 16 in their first season in the tournament after victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in Group C.
Cristiano Ronaldo is '99 percent' certain to miss this weekend's Serie A trip to Atalanta, coach Maurizio Sarri confirmed.
Pep Guardiola said his side were expecting a tough clash against Atalanta as Manchester City look to wrap up qualification for the Champions League knockout rounds.
Luis Muriel hit a hat-trick as Atalanta put their midweek Champions League humiliation behind them with a crushing win over 10-man Udinese.
Atalanta forward Josip Ilicic has donated the ball with which he scored four goals in the Champions League last week to a hospital in Bergamo.
Atalanta's fairy tale Champions League run continued inside an empty stadium as Josip Ilicic scored four times in a win over Valencia.
The Champions League match between Valencia and Atalanta will be played behind closed doors next week.
Gian Piero Gasperini urged his Atalanta side to keep their cool ahead of the biggest game in the club's history.
Slovenia international Josip Ilicic scored two terrific goals as Atalanta demolished AC Milan 5-0 in Serie A on Sunday.
Atalanta returned home to a heroes' welcome with 2,000 fans braving bitter cold in the Alps in northern Italy after their team reached the Champions League last 16.
Atalanta secured their first-ever win in the Champions League against Dinamo Zagreb to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the last 16 stage.
Manchester City missed the chance to qualify for the Champions League last 16, being held to a draw by Atalanta.
Gian Piero Gasperini warned that psychology will be key as Italian newcomers Atalanta look to avoid another huge defeat at the hands Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola saluted the "extraordinary" Raheem Sterling after Manchester City's majestic winger hit a brilliant 11-minute hat-trick against Atalanta.
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