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Lookman rises from penalty horror to firing Atalanta to Europa League glory

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Ademola Lookman’s penalty miss against West Ham seems like a different lifetime following his electric performance in the Europa League final.

The London-born winger fired the Serie A side to their first ever European trophy with a historic hat-trick on Wednesday night in Dublin, brushing off Bundesliga Champions Bayer Leverkusen and ending their 51-game unbeaten streak in the process.

Three shots, three on target, three goals. Lookman – who came through Charlton’s academy – put in the performance of his career as Atalanta saw Leverkusen off with a 3-0 win.

It’s crazy to think that just under four years ago, Lookman had his head in his hands and his name in the headlines for all the wrong reasons after a failed attempt at a Panenka penalty.

He had been given a glorious chance to make it 1-1 in Fulham‘s clash against West Ham in November 2020.

However, his chipped penalty was read by Lukasz Fabianski, who easily caught his attempt, condemning Fulham to a 1-0 defeat.

Fast forward to the eve of the Europa League final and Atalanta‘s first chance to win a trophy since their Italian Cup victory in 1963, and Lookman is the hero of the hour.

His outstanding treble saw the 26-year-old become only the sixth player to score a hat-trick in a European final – and the first since Jupp Heynckes for Borussia Monchengladbach in the 1975 UEFA Cup. 

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