Europa League, Football

Atalanta vs Leverkusen: Lookman hat-trick sees Atalanta end Leverkusen’s Invicibles to win the Europa League

Ademola Lookman’s spectacular hat-trick gave Atalanta a 3-0 victory in the Europa League final, ending Bayer Leverkusen’s 51-game unbeaten streak.

After an incredible season in which Lookman drove them tired, Xabi Alonso’s team finally ran out of steam. Lookman opened the score with a back-post finish on minute 12 and doubled the lead with a breathtaking curling attempt on minute 14.

With a forceful left-footed shot into the top corner to complete his historic treble, he made history by becoming the first player to ever score a hat-trick in a Europa League final.

Leverkusen’s dreams of winning a treble are ended after winning their first Bundesliga title, but they may still accomplish a domestic double by defeating Kaiserslautern in the DFB Pokal.

This was an overdue victory and the first significant trophy in Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini’s lengthy tenure. Additionally, the victory earned Atalanta only their second title in 116 years, more than 60 years after the Coppa Italia was won by the Bergamo team.

Two Serie A games remain for Atalanta to finish the season; the first is scheduled for Sunday at home against Torino. On Sunday, June 2, they will then host Fiorentina.

In the DFB Pokal final in Berlin on Saturday, Bayern Leverkusen will play their last game of the season against Kaiserslautern, a lower division team.

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