27 Nov 2019, 05:54 IST

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Atalanta midfielder Marten De Roon

Marten De Roon mentioned Atalanta have lastly proven they’ll compete at Champions League degree having been a “little bit of a joke” of their opening three matches.

Luis Muriel and Alejandro Gomez objectives handed Atalanta their first Champions League victory because the Serie A facet saved their slim last-16 hopes alive with a deserved 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta now discover themselves in a three-way battle for the second qualification spot behind Group C winners Manchester Metropolis heading into matchday six.

“After the primary three matches we seemed like a little bit of a joke within the Champions League, however after tonight we confirmed we’re at this degree,” midfielder De Roon mentioned.

Atalanta head coach Gasperini added: “It is the evening we needed. Gomez’s objective got here after many missed probabilities and gave us the enhance we wanted. Now we imagine we will progress.”

The Italian outfit stay backside of Group C and should beat Shakhtar Donetsk within the closing sport whereas hoping Dinamo fail to win in opposition to Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions.

Atalanta midfielder Remo Freuler mentioned: “We imagine we will progress, after all. We want a win to remain in Europe – and, if we’re fortunate, the Champions League.”

It was a disappointing night for his or her Croatian opponents, who had thrashed Atalanta 4-Zero within the reverse fixture.

“Typically it’s important to admit that your opponents had been higher and Atalanta had been merely higher than us tonight,” coach Nenad Bjelica mentioned.

“We had some probabilities once we had been one objective behind however did not rating from them. We might have been higher in each section of the sport. We allow them to make probabilities and we did not play quick and easy sufficient.

“They deserved it tonight. They performed like we did within the sport in Zagreb. Now we’ve nothing to lose. In entrance of our followers, something can occur.”

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