DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Ademola Lookman of Atalanta BC celebrates with the UEFA Europa League Trophy after his team's victory in the UEFA Europa League 2023/24 final match between Atalanta BC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Dublin Arena on May 22, 2024 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Super Eagles Forward Lookman’s Hat Trick Fires Atalanta to First-Ever Europa League Glory


Super Eagles of Nigeria forward Ademola Lookman secured a hat-trick as Atalanta triumphed over Bayer Leverkusen with a 3-0 victory in the Europa League final.

Lookman made history by becoming the first African player to score three goals in the final of a major UEFA competition.

This marked Atalanta’s first European title and made them the first Italian team to win the Europa League.

Lookman opened the scoring in the 12th minute with an assist from Davide Zappacosta.

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He doubled the lead with a sublime finish 12 minutes later and completed his hat-trick with a beautiful effort 15 minutes from time.

The defeat ended Bayer Leverkusen’s 52-game unbeaten streak across all competitions this season.

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