NEWS
Wednesday September 18 2019
Line-ups: Dinamo Zagreb v Atalanta

Atalanta make their historic Champions League debut against Dinamo Zagreb with Papu Gomez, Josip Ilicic and Duvan Zapata.

It kicks off at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT) at the Stadion Maksimir in a group with Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk.

You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Atletico Madrid-Juventus on the LIVEBLOG.

The Orobici had their best ever season in 2018-19, finishing third in Serie A, top scorers in Italy and reaching the Coppa Italia Final.

It gave them the opportunity to participate in the Champions League for the first time in their history and they aim to relish the experience, with 3,000 fans making the journey from Bergamo in special buses and planes put on for the occasion.

Timothy Castagne and Luis Muriel are making their comebacks from injury, but remain on the bench in favour of Hans Hateboer and Duvan Zapata.

Ilicic and captain Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez complete the attack, with Marten de Roon fleshing out the midfield, Berat Djimsiti and Rafael Toloi in defence.

Dinamo Zagreb have lost their last 11 consecutive Champions League games, just one shy of the all-time competition record set by Anderlecht in 2003-05, even though they’ve won their 13th Croatian League title in 14 seasons.

Nikola Moro is fit to start despite an ankle problem, with ex-Bologna flop Bruno Petkovic partnering Spain Under-21 international Dani Olmo.

Coach Nenad Bjelica had a spell in Serie B in charge of Spezia, while Mario Situm and Mislav Orsic also played for the club.

The referee is Jesus Gil Manzano, with fellow Spaniard Alejandro Hernandez in the VAR booth.

Atalanta become the 141st different club to feature in the Champions League group stage, the 10th from Italy.

These sides have met before, in the 1990-91 UEFA Cup first round, when Atalanta drew 0-0 at home and 1-1 in Zagreb to go through on away goals.

Dinamo Zagreb: Livakovic; Stojanovic, Theophile-Catherine, Peric, Leovac; Moro, Dilaver, Ademi; Dani Olmo, Petkovic, Orsic

Dinamo Zagreb bench: Zagorac, Hajrovic, Gavranovic, Gojak, Situm, Ivanusec, Atiemwen

Atalanta: Gollini; Toloi, Djimsiti, Masiello; Hateboer, Freuler, De Roon, Gosens; Gomez; Ilicic, Duvan Zapata

Atalanta bench: Sportiello, Palomino, Muriel, Malinovskyi, Castagne, Pasalic, Barrow

Ref: Gil Manzano (ESP)

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