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Atalanta's Josip Iličić joins elite Champions League class after scoring four against Valencia
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Atalanta's Josip Iličić joins elite Champions League class after scoring four against Valencia

Atalanta's Champions League journey continued on Tuesday night as they beat Valencia 4-3 at an empty Mestalla Stadium to win the tie 8-4 on aggregate and book a quarterfinal slot. 

Josip Ilicic was the star of the show as he scored four for the Italian side, joining an elite class in the competitions. 

His four goals on the night took his tally to five against the Spanish sides, joining Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the only players to have scored five or more goals against an opponent in the knockout stage. 

Ronaldo scored five against Bayern Munich during the 2016-17 season, while the Argentine scored netted six times against Bayer Leverkusen during the 2011-12 season. 

ličić also set another record on the night, becoming the oldest player to score a hat-trick away from home in the competition.