Moment Ademola Lookman Nutmegs Granit Xhaka to Score Belter Goes Viral After UEL Final: Video

Moment Ademola Lookman Nutmegs Granit Xhaka to Score Belter Goes Viral After UEL Final: Video

Lukman Mumuni
updated at May 24, 2024 at 2:03 PM
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  • Ademola Lookman starred in the final of the Europa League
  • The Nigerian scored a hat-trick against Bayer Leverkusen
  • Atalanta defeated the new German champions 3-0 in Dublin

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Nigeria forward, Ademola Lookman, produced a performance to remember as Atalanta defeated Bayer Leverkusen to win their first European title.

The 26-year-old netted a hat-trick in the final in Dublin as the Italians ended newly-crowned German champions, Bayer Leverkusen's unbeaten run.

Heading into the final, the Nigerian forward had lost the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations and the Coppa Italia, to Ivory Coast and Juventus respectively.

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Ademola Lookman weaves his way past Granit Xhaka in the final of the Europa League between Atalanta and Bayer Leverkusen on May 22, 2024. Photo: Richard Heathcote.
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However, he was poised to avoid defeat in his third final in 2024, starring against the Germans on Wednesday night.

In a video that has since gone viral on social media, Lookman's second goal came with a bit of wizardry after the Nigerian nutmegged Granit Xhaka before striking home from outside the box.

The former Leicester City forward was unplayable on the night as he dazzled on the flanks, winning the Man of the Match award.

Lookman and his teammates returned to Bergamo on Thursday amid celebrations and excitement with thousands of fans welcoming their heroes.

The Super Eagles star ended the season with 15 goals and eight assists, including five in the Europa League, per Transfermarkt.

The England-born player is expected to join his Nigeria teammates for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers in June against Benin and South Africa.

Drury sums up Lookman's display in commentary

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that renowned commentator, Peter Drury perfectly described Ademola Lookman after the Nigerian scored a hat-trick to win the Europa League for Atalanta.

The Super Eagles forward tore apart Leverkusen with a final treble to end their 51-match unbeaten run in Dublin on Wednesday night, starting by scoring a quick-fire brace in the first half.

Lookman makes UEL Team of the Season

Sports Brief also reported that Lookman made the UEL's best XI alongside two other African stars after an outstanding outing.

The Atalanta star was joined by Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Mohammed Kudus in the best eleven of the just-ended tournament.

Lookman helped Atalanta win the competition after netting a hat-trick in the final against Leverkusen at Dublin's Aviva Stadium on May 22.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.