Europa League Final 2024: Atalanta beat Leverkusen 3-0

In a historic Europa League final clash, Ademola Lookman emerged as the hero for Atalanta, securing a remarkable hat-trick to propel his team to a 3-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen. This triumph not only marked Atalanta’s second major trophy in their 117-year history but also brought an end to Leverkusen’s formidable unbeaten streak.


UEFA Final


The atmosphere was electric as Atalanta’s resounding victory over Bayer Leverkusen unfolded in the Europa League final. Despite brief glimpses of Leverkusen’s attacking prowess, Atalanta maintained their composure, displaying no signs of nerves in their debut final appearance. Leverkusen’s tactical substitution at halftime failed to shift the momentum, with both sets of fans generating an atmosphere reminiscent of legendary sporting moments in the Aviva Stadium. For Leverkusen, who had enjoyed an impressive unbeaten run, this defeat was a stark contrast to their usual performance. Reflecting on their journey, Xabi Alonso emphasized the exceptional nature of their achievement and expressed pride in their remarkable streak.


However, Atalanta’s resolute defense proved insurmountable, denying Leverkusen any opportunity for a comeback. Despite Leverkusen’s formidable record of scoring goals late in games, they were unable to breach Atalanta’s backline on this occasion. The match saw Atalanta’s dominance from the outset, with Lookman capitalizing on Leverkusen’s defensive errors to secure his hat-trick. Leverkusen, despite brief flashes of attacking prowess, failed to break through Atalanta’s steadfast defense, culminating in a decisive victory for the Italian side.


Gasperini, whose own pursuit of major silverware spanned two decades, expressed his pride in his team’s attacking prowess and their resolute performance against a formidable opponent. Atalanta’s victory not only ended Leverkusen’s impressive unbeaten run but also marked their first European final with a historic triumph.


Lookman’s journey to this triumphant moment was marked by perseverance and resilience. Despite struggling to establish himself in the English Premier League with Everton, Fulham, and Leicester City. Lookman found a new lease on his career in Italy under the guidance of Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini. His stellar performance in the final showcased his evolution as a player. Moreover, as he netted two goals within the first 26 minutes and sealed the win with another goal 15 minutes from full-time.


Lookman’s hat-trick etched him into Atalanta folklore and European football history, making him only the sixth player to achieve such a feat in a major European final. His journey from Charlton to Atalanta in the Europa league reflects a remarkable transformation. Moreover, Gasperini acknowledged the unexpected progress Lookman has made under his guidance.


“It’s one of the Greatest Nights of my Life,”

Winning Moments

It’s one of the greatest nights of my life,” Lookman expressed to TNT Sports immediately after the final whistle, although his sentiment might have been an understatement. He enthusiastically shared plans for a Dublin celebration, emphasizing the historic significance of the night. During the post-match news conference, Lookman reflected on the pivotal role the club and coach played in his career progression. “Over the past few years, the support from the club and coach has been instrumental in my development,” he explained. “Their guidance has elevated my game to new heights.


He chuckled at the suggestion from an Italian journalist that a street might one day bear his name in Bergamo, the northern Italian city where he resides. “The support from the fans since my arrival in Bergamo has been incredible,” he remarked. “The city’s serene atmosphere has greatly contributed to my focus and well-being.


Felix Emanus, Lookman’s mentor and former coach at Waterloo, shared his overwhelming emotions with TNT Sports post-game. “I’m beyond words filled with joy,” he exclaimed. “We’ve dreamt of this moment since Ade was a kid at Waterloo. Tonight is a realization of that dream.” He continued, “I shed tears when the third goal was scored. I’m immensely proud of Ade. He’s a hardworking, humble individual who’s always striving for improvement and aiming for the top.”


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