Lookman hat-trick hands Atalanta Europa League title

A stunning Ademola Lookman hat-trick handed Atalanta the Europa League title on Wednesday, just the second major trophy in their 117-year history after a 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen that ended the German champions’ remarkable unbeaten streak.

Lookman, who struggled to establish himself in the English Premier League with Everton, Fulham and Leicester City before reviving his career in Italy under Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini, struck twice inside the first 26 minutes before sealing the win 15 minutes from fulltime.

The victory ended Gasperini’s own two-decade long pursuit of major silverware as his side totally outmatched Xabi Alonso’s formidable Leverkusen side – or ‘Neverlusen’ as they had been dubbed after going an incredible 51 games unbeaten.

But just as they did against Premier League heavyweights Liverpool and three-times finalists Olympique de Marseille in the previous two rounds, Atalanta didn’t give their opponents a sniff to mark their first European final with a famous victory.

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Lookman hat-trick hands Atalanta Europa League title

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