Nigeria’s Lookman grabs hat-trick as Atalanta stun Leverkusen in Europa League final


Atalanta defeated Bayer Leverkusen’s Invincibles 3-0 in the Europa League final to end a 61-year title drought with a maiden continental trophy.

Nigeria’s Ademola Lookman scored in the 12th, 26th and 75th minute to grab a hat-trick in the Dublin Arena as the Bergamo side handed Bundesliga champions Leverkusen a first season defeat in the 52nd match across all competitions.

It gave Atalanta a first trophy since Coppa Italia success in 1963, and Italy a first title in Europe’s second tier event in 25 years, since Parma won in 1999, then the UEFA Cup.

Success came a week after Atalanta lost the Italian Cup final against Juventus.

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Xabi Alonso’s Leverkusen can still end the season on a high by beating Kaiserslautern in Saturday’s German Cup final in Berlin for a domestic double without defeat.

They became the first-ever side to go unbeaten over a full Bundesliga season last weekend.

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