Champions League

Atalanta's Illicic donates UCL match-ball to Bergamo hospital

The Atalanta striker 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 Illicic donates UCL match-ball to Bergamo hospital
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Atalanta's Slovenian veteran striker Josip Ilicic has donated the match-ball from last week's Champions League win over Valencia at Mestalla to a hospital in Bergamo, with the Italian city in the Lombardy region at the epicentre off the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

The 32-year-old striker bagged four goals as part of a 3-4 win over Valencia to see Atalanta secure a place in the quarter final stage of the 2019/20 Champions League with a 8-4 aggregate scoreline.

With hospitals appealing for funds to acquire equipment to combat the spread of the virus, Illicic donated the ball to the Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital in the city.

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Italian football has been suspended through to the beginning of April at present with the country suffering through a high level of positive cases and the highest number of fatalities from coronavirus outside of China.