Atalanta 3-0 Bayer Leverkusen: Europa League final – as it happened

Ademola Lookman scored a spectacular hat-trick to secure Atalanta’s first trophy since 1963 and end Bayer Leverkusen’s invincible dream

2 min: Leverkusen respond with a little bit of possession of their own. Again, nothing particularly noteworthy. Both teams carefully feeling their way into this match.

Atalanta get the 2024 Europa League final underway. They’re on the front foot immediately, Zappacosta, Koopmeiners and De Ketelaere combining down the right, albeit to no real effect. It’s a start, though.

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Bayer Leverkusen’s Amine Adli: ‘We can’t remember what’s it’s like to lose’

Morocco international on the togetherness, tenacity and smart management that has powered German champions’ record season

Life in the Bayer Leverkusen changing room is never boring when Jeremie Frimpong is around. Just ask Amine Adli. “It’s a lot of fun,” smirks the Morocco international. “Every day something is happening. Every player is funny in his own way and when you have a guy like Jeremie, he is always making everyone laugh. Even the coach sometimes … ”

There have been plenty of other reasons for Xabi Alonso to smile during the record-breaking campaign in which Leverkusen have become the first team to go through a Bundesliga season unbeaten. The Spaniard clambered into the stands at the Bay Arena after Saturday’s final-day defeat of Augsburg to celebrate with supporters at the club once referred to as “Neverkusen”. He will round off the campaign with a historic treble if they win Wednesday’s Europa League final against Atalanta in Dublin and Saturday’s German Cup final against second-tier Kaiserslautern.

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Atalanta soar into first Europa League final after seeing off Marseille

Ademola Lookman, Matteo Ruggeri and El Bilal Touré scored in Atalanta’s 3-0 win over Marseille for a 4-1 aggregate victory on Thursday. The Italian side will meet Bayer Leverkusen, who overcame Roma, in their first European final in Dublin on May 22.

Lookman put Atalanta ahead in the second leg on the half-hour with a long-range strike past Pao López before setting up Ruggeri to double the lead seven minutes after the break.

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Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Roma (agg 4-2): Europa League semi-final, second leg – as it happened

Bayer Leverkusen produced another astonishing comeback to take their unbeaten run to a European record 49 games

4 mins: Half a chance for Roma! An excellent lofted crossfield pass finds Lukaku running past the last defender, but his chest control isn’t good enough, and though Koval is a bit slow to come out he’s close enough to the ball when the Belgian gets to it that he can’t chip it over him.

2 mins: Piero Hincapie and Bryan Cristante have a bit of a tussle on the right flank, and after the ball goes out for a free-kick the Roma midfielder goads him with a gesture I frankly struggle to interpret – it was almost a shushing finger over the lips, except it was a finger over the chin and maybe the bottom lip if you’re lucky. It’s all a bit bad tempered and the referee has a chat with them.

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