Atalanta’s winner-takes-all Champions League clash with Villarreal is CALLED OFF due to snow – with the game rescheduled for Thursday in Bergamo 

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  • Atalanta vs Villarreal will decide the last 16 . which side will lead
  • The Italians were set to host Villarreal, with Tuesday starting at 8 p.m.
  • But heavy snow in northern Italy means the game will now take place on Thursday

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Atalanta’s crunch Champions League tie against Villarreal on Wednesday evening has been called off at the last minute due to heavy snowfall.

Tough conditions in northern Italy mean the deciding Group F tie – which will determine who advances to the last round of 16 after group winners Manchester United – will now be played at 15.30 on Thursday.

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Wednesday’s kick-off was temporarily postponed from 8 am to 8.20 pm, but incessant snow eventually meant English referee Anthony Taylor called off the game with the two captains until the next day.

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Atlanta’s Champions League clash against Villarreal has been called off due to heavy snow

Players were ready in their kit on the side of the pitch but the snow kept falling, ie it was postponed

Players were ready in their kit on the side of the pitch but the snow kept falling, ie it was postponed

The groundstaff did everything they could to prepare the Stadio Atleti Azuri d’Italia pitch, painting the touchlines red to increase their visibility, and the game was initially delayed due to clear snow.

The players were ready, on the side of the pitch, in their kits, but the snow kept falling, persuading the English officials to make their decision.

With both sides competing for the runners-up spot, United have already sealed the top spot ahead of the final round of fixtures.

English referee Anthony Taylor (pictured above) made the decision with both captains

English referee Anthony Taylor (pictured above) made the decision with both captains

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