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Key Events

F. Coquelin
Yellow 2nd/RC
R. Gosens
A. Miranchuk
2 - 2
A. Groeneveld
Gerard Moreno
2 - 1
Manu Trigueros
1 - 1
R. Freuler
D. Zapata
0 - 1

Match Stats

47% 52%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 7 4
Total Passes 396 433
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Young Boys YBB Young Boys 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3 W
2 Atalanta ATA Atalanta 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1 D
3 Villarreal VIL Villarreal 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1 D
4 Manchester United MUN Manchester United 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 L


8th Finals
UEFA Europa League


It's going to be a fortnight before the next twist in the tale in Group F - but if this match shows anything, it is that the European dreams are alive and kicking as good as ever. Next up, Atalanta host Young Boys - and Villarreal have a Europa League final rematch at Old Trafford with Manchester United. Until then, thank you for joining us - and have a good week!
Given that Manchester United were viewed as de facto favourites for this group, Atalanta's Gian Piero Gasperini will also rue this one as a missed opportunity. Defeat for the Red Devils elsewhere truly opened the gate for one of these two to seize early momentum. Instead, Young Boys sit top - for now.
Unai Emery will take plenty from this match, including the point - but he'll be frustrated to have let that late lead slip. Even so, arguably the biggest rivals for a last-16 place have been held here - and they will try again when they next meet.
A late finish from Robin Gosens cancelled out Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld's effort off the bench, as 10-men Villarreal held their nerve for a point in their Champions League opener against Atalanta. The Yellow Submarine stayed afloat throughout their first game - but they could not inflict a direct hit on their Serie A rivals. Full-time, it finishes Villarreal 2-2 Atalanta.
90' + 3' Musso at the death! What a sensational stop again from the Atalanta keeper! Gerard Moreno gets the attempt, after the corner is played short, inverted and swung in - but the shotstopper matches him again.
90' + 2' Villarreal have a corner. This is the last chance saloon.
90' There's going to be three added minutes to see if these two sides can be split.
Mario Gaspar
88' Mario Gaspar replaces Pedraza in Villarreal's final change.
86' The Champions League is just blockbuster, isn't it? For the second time in Group F, we've got a game going down to the wire. Can either side find a winner like Young Boys did?
84' Villarreal are down to 10 men! Not for the first time in Group F tonight, the red card is out! Coquelin snaps up a second yellow after he comes in on Koopmeiners and he is handed his marching orders.
R. Gosens
83' GOAL! ROBIN GOSENS MIGHT HAVE SAVED A POINT FOR ATALANTA! 1-1! Is that the goal to deny Villarreal a winning return to the Champions League? The Serie A team poke one in at close range, after a cross bounces between the defence and attack around the box. Game on!
A. Miranchuk
83' Talk about a moment of inspiration. As the visitors' most recent change, Miranchuk was in the right place at the right time with that touch.
81' No player was directly involved in more Europa League goals last season than Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno (7 goals, 3 assists).
A. Miranchuk
M. Pessina
79' Aleksey Miranchuk is on for Pessina in Atalanta's latest change.
78' Gerard Moreno! That could have been the game, a header flashed across a near-open net. Villarreal's fans let out a collective whoosh of breath in the stands at that one.
F. Coquelin
Yellow Card
76' Coquelin is booked now for a bad foul on Koopmeiners. Tempers are rising a little in this one.
75' Atalanta have won five of their last six away games in the Champions League (L1), keeping a clean sheet in four of those victories. The only defeat in this run came against Real Madrid, in last season’s last-16 away leg.
Gerard Moreno
73' What a time to come up with that. Gerard Moreno showed some very quick reflexes to drag that ball on there. The hosts hit the front for the first time and Atalanta are looking at an empty-handed trip home.
A. Groeneveld
73' GOAL! ARNAUT DANJUMA GROENEVELD FOR VILLARREAL! 2-1! A sucker punch from the Yellow Submarine! Gerard Moreno seizes upon a well-tackled ball that lands at his feet, flicks it into the box and the substitute lashes home!
Alberto Moreno
Yeremi Pino
72' It is Pino's last act, as he makes way for Alberto Moreno.
M. Pašalić
R. Malinovskyi
71' One last change from the Serie A side for now, as Mario Pasalic replaces Ruslan Malinovskiy.
Yeremi Pino
Yellow Card
71' Pino picks up a booking now for a reckless challenge on Freuler.
T. Koopmeiners
M. de Roon
70' Teun Koopmeiners replaces Marten de Roon for the visitors.
J. Iličić
D. Zapata
70' Josip Ilicic replaces Duvan Zapata for Atalanta.
69' Further movement on the sidelines suggests another slate of changes are incoming. Can any of them find a winner?
67' Almost zero to hero for Moreno there after a looping pass finds him - but his first touch is heavy and his attempts to bring it down in the Atalanta box only hack it wide.
Gerard Moreno
Yellow Card
65' Moreno gets cited now with a booking, leaving the talismanic star having to watch his step for the rest of this match.
63' Villarreal are looking for their first home win in the UEFA Champions League since October 2008, when they recorded a 6-3 win over Danish side Aalborg.
M. Demiral
B. Djimsiti
61' Atalanta make a swap too, with Djimsiti off and Merih Demiral on.
A. Groeneveld
B. Dia
61' Dia is subbed out for Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld by Unai Emery and the hosts.
Moi Gómez
Manu Trigueros
60' Trigueros is replaced by Moi Gomez for the Yellow Submarine too.
F. Coquelin
E. Capoue
60' Capoue makes way for Francis Coquelin in a Villarreal change now.
59' Albiol draws a foul inside his own box and that will do enough to break down Atalanta's latest attack.
57' Trigueros is felled a handful of yards outside the Atalanta box and Villarreal can smell a set-piece chance - which they promptly put into the stands behind. That won't trouble anyone in the penalty area.
E. Capoue
Yellow Card
55' Capoue is fuming with a booking but it is one challenge too m any to go without a card for the Villarreal man now and he sees yellow.
53' Off the crossbar from Atalanta! Another corner for the visitors and this one almost exploits their hosts, with only the woodwork denying Zapata.
52' That's better from Villarreal, as Pino edges a cross just across the six-yard area. Dangerous stuff.
50' Gosens! Now the visitors see another effort go wide, this one slashed to the left. There is a real risk of that early burst of pressure telling again, as it did in the first half.
48' Zappacosta pushes a shot to the left on the back of the corner. Whatever team-talk Atalanta had at the break, it seems to have told them to do more of the same.
46' The whistle goes and we're back underway for the second half. It's all to play for - but will it be home comforts for Villarreal or tourist delights for Atalanta?
The happier manager? Perhaps Unai Emery, by a shade. His side moved on to control that half late in the act and got an equaliser for their troubles. But they cannot allow themselves to be blown away by another Italian storm.
Manu Trigueros' close-range finish has matched Remo Freuler's early strike in off the woodwork in Group F - and it means there is nothing to split these two at the break. At half-time, it is Villarreal 1-1 Atalanta.
45' A corner for Atalanta comes as one added minute is awarded for this first half. The shot is rocketed over from the set-piece.
43' The energy that goal has brought to Villarreal is off the charts - but Atalanta have not retreated into their shell. They are hurling the kitchen sink at this one.
41' Musso with another fine save! A Villarreal free-kick is awarded out on the right wing and Moreno comes close to heading in at the far post, only for the goalkeeper to deny him with a flying limb.
Manu Trigueros
39' GOAL! MANU TRIGUEROS GETS VILLARREAL BACK IN THIS! 1-1! A misplaced pass from Atalanta invites the Yellow Submarine into their box and a deflected square ball falls kindly for the midfielder to rifle home. All square just before the break!
38' Capoue commits back-to-back fouls and is perhaps lucky to escape without a card for his efforts there. He'll have to watch his back.
36' Albiol sees a header blocked from the subsequent corner and then Atalanta are off down the other end of the field, almost with a supernatural disposition in the way they flood forward.
34' Save from Musso! Moreno nearly puts this game back on level terms, were it not for a great close-range stop from the goalkeeper.
32' It's one shot against five for Villarreal and Atalanta so far. Unai Emery could do with some of that Europa League-winning gold dust. 
30' This will be the first ever European meeting between Villarreal and Atalanta, while the Spanish side have lost three of their four UEFA Champions League against Italian opponents (W1) - losing to Inter once in 2006 and Napoli twice in the 2011-12 group stages.
28' Zappacosta sees a fresh attempt blocked. Every time Villarreal show a sniff of promise, their visitors offer up a timely reminder that they are in this one even more so.
26' Zapata comes close to a second for Atalanta now but just hooks the finish down across the face of goal after latching onto a long cross.
25' Moreno is caught by the linesman as he darts forward for a ball. Villarreal are certainly finding a rhythm of some kind now, a quarter of the game in.
M. de Roon
Yellow Card
24' De Roon comes in with a clumsy challenge now and he's going to be shown a yellow card for his troubles. The set-piece comes close to giving Torres a half-chance but it is cleared in the end.
21' Trigueros with the shot! He can't quite wrap his foot around it and Musso has an easy stop, but that is better movement from Villarreal.
19' Zapata scored four goals and made two assists in his first five Champions League starts for Atalanta, but he hasn’t recorded any direct goal involvements in his four starts in the competition since.
17' That's what the hosts need! Pino takes a rampaging run down the right flank and wins a corner for the Yellow Submarine. The set-piece is frustratingly slack - and Atlanta promptly counter, skying a chance down the other end.
15' Zapata punches a long-range effort in from a tough angle and finds no purchase. Atalanta look very much in the mood for this one.
13' Zappacosta! The visitors nearly net a second from the set-piece but it's hooked wide of the mark. Villarreal rode their luck a little there.
12' Albiol puts his body on the line and concedes a corner. Atalanta just continue to come.
10' Villarreal, welcome to the Champions League. This could be a baptism of fire, but Unai Emery's side know how to weather storms. They just need to be sensible about this - and with a home crowd behind them, they can be so too.
8' Gosens with a rocket! The Atalanta man is given too much space to weave his way through the middle of the pitch and Rulli has to parry his effort from distance with some fast work.
R. Freuler
6' GOAL! REMO FREULER HANDS ATALANTA THE LEAD! 1-0! In off the post no less! The traffic has come from the Serie A side and he smashes a cut-back onto the left side of the woodwork through a crowded box, to watch it sail in. Champion stuff.
D. Zapata
6' Assist Duván Esteban Zapata Banguera
5' The tempo is already rocketing around here. That bodes well, though both sides may be smart to watch themselves, lest they repeat the mistakes of Manchester United elsewhere today in Group F.
3' Zappacosta puts Atalanta on the front foot with a flying run down the right wing - and it almost pays off, if not for Rulli's sharp reflexes to get low and smother the ball.
1' We are under way in this Champions League Group F clash between Villarreal and Atalanta!
The anthem has concluded and we are moments away from kick-off.
The teams have emerged for the Champions League anthem. Clement Turpin of France is the referee.
For a third consecutive UEFA Champions League campaign, Atalanta are facing Spanish opposition, though their previous meetings all came in the last 16 stage: two wins and an 8-4 aggregate win over Valencia in 2019-20 but two defeats and a 4-1 aggregate loss to Real Madrid last season.
Subs: Joakim Maehle, Giuseppe Pezzella, Giorgio Scalvini, Josip Ilicic, Teun Koopmeiners, Francesco Rossi, Marco Sportiello, Matteo Lovato, Aleksey Miranchuk, Mario Pasalic, Merih Demiral, Roberto Piccoli.
ATALANTA (3-4-3): Juan Musso; Rafael Toloi, Jose Luis Palomino, Berat Djimsiti; Davide Zappacosta, Marten de Roon, Remo Freuler, Robin Gosens; Ruslan Malinovskiy, Duvan Zapata, Matteo Pessina.
Subs: Francis Coquelin, Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld, Moi Gomez, Mario Gaspar, Ruben Pena, Paco Alcacer, Sergio Asenjo, Alberto Moreno, Aissa Mandi, Vicente Iborra, Pervis Estupinan.
VILLARREAL (4-4-2): Geronimo Rulli; Juan Foyth, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Alfonso Pedraza; Yeremi Pino, Etienne Capoue, Daniel Parejo, Manu Trigueros; Gerard Moreno, Boulaye Dia.
But the visitors have no shortage of talents themselves. Robin Gosens made his name at Euro 2020 this summer - and Juan Musso and Matteo Pessina too are fearsome presences at the back and front.
For the hosts, it is an assortment of heroes from their triumph over the Red Devils last term. Pau Torres will hold court at the back - and Gerard Moreno will help lead the line.
Against them arrives a team who have made themselves a regular home at this stage in recent years. Gian Piero Gasperini will hope to take vital points on the road here - and with Young Boys' shock win over Manchester United elsewhere, the door has been left wide open.
Unai Emery's side are the princes of Europe - but for how much longer? That's the question that faces the Yellow Submarine as they get their top-tier continental exploits underway. Under even bigger bright lights, what have they got to show?
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League, as reigning Europa League holders Villarreal look to make a winning start against Atalanta in a Group F clash at El Madrigal.