Ademola Lookman’s hat-trick seals historic win for Atalanta

Ademola Lookman's hat-trick leads Atalanta to a historic 3-0 Europa League final win over Bayer Leverkusen, ending their 361-day unbeaten run.

Ademola Lookman scores historic hat-trick as he leads Atalanta to Europa League Glory

In a night of high drama and historic achievements, Ademola Lookman etched his name into Atalanta folklore with a stunning hat-trick, propelling the Italian side to a 3-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League final. 

This landmark performance not only ended Leverkusen's remarkable 361-day unbeaten streak but also secured Atalanta's first European trophy in their 116-year history.

Lookman, 26, delivered a performance for the ages, becoming only the sixth player to score a hat-trick in a European final, the first since Jupp Heynckes in 1975. 

The London-born Nigeria international's exploits were key to Atalanta's triumph, with all three goals coming in a masterclass of attacking football that stunned the German champions in Dublin.


Reflecting on his remarkable achievement, Ademola Lookman expressed confidence in his abilities, stating, "I've always had the confidence in my ability... Maybe it could have come earlier but it's come now. I'm pleased with the progress I've made but this is just the beginning. I hope for more nights like this."


A Manager’s Masterstroke

Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini pictured after Atalanta went ahead vs Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League final

Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini, who has overseen Lookman’s transformation into a prolific forward, praised his player's progress. "Nobody could ever imagine he'd make this much progress," Gasperini admitted. "He wasn't overly prolific in England. I changed his position to a more attacking role... Tonight he achieved something which will remain in the annals of football history."

Gasperini’s tactical acumen has not only revitalized Lookman’s career but also guided Atalanta to new heights, making their Europa League success a testament to his managerial prowess.

The significance of Ademola Lookman’s hat-trick was not lost on those closest to him. 

Felix Emanus, Lookman’s mentor and former coach at Waterloo, was visibly emotional, describing the night as a dream come true. "I cried when the third goal went in. I'm so happy for Ade. He works so hard, quiet lad... but he's a great kid. Wants to learn, wants to always get better and wants to reach the top."

After the final whistle, Ademola Lookman described the victory as "one of the best nights of my life" and revealed plans for a celebratory party in Dublin, a sentiment echoed by the joyous Atalanta fans and players.


Atalanta’s Historic Triumph

While Ademola Lookman’s heroics will dominate the headlines, Atalanta’s victory represents a broader success story. 

This triumph marks only the second trophy in the club's history, following their 1963 Coppa Italia win. 

Gasperini’s side, known for their attacking football and financial prudence, have become the first Italian team to win the Europa League since 1999.

"I am hugely proud for all of Italy because it was a cursed trophy," Gasperini said. "Having won it with Atalanta is perhaps one of those footballing fairytales that rarely crop up... This team has grown with results... Atalanta have managed to win things while being a financially sustainable club. That's extraordinary."

As the celebrations continue, Atalanta can look forward to building on this success. 

For Ademola Lookman, this is a career-defining moment that underscores his journey from Wandsworth to European glory. 

As the 26-year-old winger continues to develop under Gasperini's guidance, the future looks bright for both player and club.

In a season of ups and downs, Atalanta’s Europa League triumph is a testament to resilience, strategic brilliance, and the sheer magic of football.
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Ademola Lookman's hat-trick leads Atalanta to a historic 3-0 Europa League final win over Bayer Leverkusen, ending their 361-day unbeaten run.
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