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Ademola Lookman Ends Bayer Leverkusen’s Fairytale in Europa League Final

Hopes were high for Leverkusen to etch their name in European football history by completing a treble without defeat, but Atalanta proved to be a formidable opponent.

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Ademola Lookman delivered a masterclass performance, securing Atalanta’s triumph in the Europa League final with an impressive hat trick against Bayer Leverkusen, dashing their hopes of a historic unbeaten treble. The match, held in Dublin, saw Lookman, the former Everton and RB Leipzig forward, shine brightly as Gian Piero Gasperini’s squad clinched their maiden European trophy with a resounding 3-0 victory.

For Leverkusen, who had maintained an unbeaten streak spanning 51 games and 361 days, it was a bitter defeat, their first in any competition this season. Xabi Alonso, Leverkusen’s manager, acknowledged the disappointment, attributing the loss to the unpredictable nature of football. Despite the setback, Alonso recognized the remarkable achievements of his team throughout the season, securing their first German title in style.

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Xabi Alonso and Players of Bayer Leverkusen after the game against Atalanta. Photograph: Bayer Leverkusen/X

Hopes were high for Leverkusen to etch their name in European football history by completing a treble without defeat, but Atalanta proved to be a formidable opponent. The Italian side dominated the game, with Lookman’s exceptional performance sealing their victory.

Despite the disappointment, Leverkusen still had a chance to make history by clinching an unbeaten double if they could overcome Kaiserslautern in the upcoming German Cup final. Alonso emphasized the importance of using the pain of defeat as motivation for the challenges ahead, highlighting the resilience required in football.

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