Atalanta Bergamo won the Europa League in a sensational fashion

Atalanta had to wait a long 61 years for a title and this period of suffering is over. The Italians won the Europa League final in Dublin 3-0 against Bayer Leverkusen and were able to celebrate the “precious metal” for the first time since winning the Coppa Italia in 1963 and only the second time in the club’s history.

For the German side, who have been outstanding this season, it not only marks their first defeat after a 51-match unbeaten run, but also the end of their treble dream. However, the German champions still have the best chance of a double, after all Leverkusen are favorites against second division Kaiserslautern on Saturday in the DFB Cup final.

Leverkusen are favorites – but there’s no sign of it

Bayer took a bit of a hit at the Aviva Stadium. However, the Serie A side dominated from the start, especially Ademola Lookman who scored a brace in the first half hour. In the 12th minute David Zappacosta headed a low cross over the line to make it 1-0. In the 26th minute, Amin Attlee’s header failed to make it 2-0. Lukman sped up and slotted the ball past Leverkusen’s European Cup goalkeeper Matej Gover from the edge of the penalty area.

Successful coach Xabi Alonso’s team recognized the signs of the season, made the game more open and could have scored straight through Alejandro Grimaldo, but Atalanta goalkeeper Juan Mousseau was on top. At the start of the second half, Victor Boniface, a classic center forward, came on.

Laterkusen’s magic is missing

Leverkusen was pushed to 1:2, but this time the magic of “Laterkusen”, as the team was called due to several late goals, failed to have an effect. Instead, Lukman converted the third ball in the 75th minute – how! Gower was completely powerless against his powerful shot into the top corner. Of course, Atlanta couldn’t take this 3-0 lead away from them. The rest of the game looked forward to endless celebrations and huge emotions after the final whistle.

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It means domestic double winners SK Sturm’s group opponents win the Europa League. A penalty goal scored by Szymon Wlodarczyk saw the Den Gros residents manage it 2-2 at home. The home team won 1-0 in Bergamo.

With European Cup success in sight, coach Gian Piero Casperini and his supporters have a great chance of becoming legends in Bergamo. The city’s greatest son to date is Pope John XXIII. Coincidentally, a day after the 1963 cup victory, the club suffered five final defeats in a row. This curse is now history.

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