Europa League final: Ademola Lookman makes Atalanta history with goal against Leverkusen

The Super Eagles striker scored twice in the first half to put the Bergamaschi side ahead of Xabi Alonso's men.

Ademola Lookman scored in just the 12th minute of the Europa League final against Bayer Leverkusen at the Aviva Stadium.

The La Dea coach believes the Super Eagles striker and his team-mates are ready to go the distance against Xabi Alonso's unbeaten side.

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Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella are looking to add Europa League glory to their Bundesliga win but face opposition from Atalanta, led by compatriot Ademola Lookman.

Atalanta vs Leverkusen

The 26-year-old's corner was cleared by Piero Hincapie, and the Nigerian capitalized on the resulting sequence, connecting to Davide Zappacosta's low cross at the far post to put Gian Piero Gasperini's men 1-0 ahead.

No sooner had Lookman scored the opening goal of the match than he made it 2-0 in the 26th minute, curling a shot from outside the penalty area into the bottom right corner.

Ademola Lookman

Ademola Lookman bravely finished scoring the second goal for himself and Atalanta against Bayer Leverkusen

How did Lookman make history for Atalanta?

The striker's goal was Atalanta's first ever goal in a European final in the club's first continental play-off, 60 years after its European debut in September 1962.

Furthermore, the Nigerian became the first player to score twice in a Europa League final since Luuk de Jong for Sevilla against Inter in 2020.

Both strikes underscored Lookman's impact in Atalanta's chase for the continental title, after he scored a goal in the marginal aggregate win over Sporting Lisbon, and scored and set up another in Atalanta's 3-0 semi-final second leg win over Marseille before scoring twice in the first 45 minutes. Against Leverkusen.


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