2024 UEFA Europa League final

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2024 UEFA Europa League final
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Event2023–24 UEFA Europa League
Date22 May 2024 (2024-05-22)
VenueAviva Stadium, Dublin
Man of the MatchAdemola Lookman (Atalanta)
RefereeIstván Kovács (Romania)
Attendance47,135
WeatherCloudy
14 °C (57 °F)
77% humidity

The 2024 UEFA Europa League final was the final match of the 2023–24 UEFA Europa League, the 53rd season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 15th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League. It was held at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, on 22 May 2024, between Italian club Atalanta and German club Bayer Leverkusen.

Atalanta won the match 3–0 for their first European trophy and their first trophy in 61 years courtesy of a hat-trick by Ademola Lookman. In doing so, he became the first hat-trick scorer in a Europa League final, the first in a major European final since Jupp Heynckes in the 1975 UEFA Cup final second leg and the first in a single-match major European final since Pierino Prati in the 1969 European Cup final. Atalanta also became the 30th different club to win the UEFA Cup/Europa League, the first Italian club since Parma in 1999 to win the trophy and the first Italian side to win the competition since its rebranding before the 2009–10 season. Leverkusen, who had been unbeaten in 51 matches across all competitions in the season, became the first German side to lose the UEFA Cup/Europa League final since Werder Bremen in 2009.

As winners, Atalanta earned the right to play against Real Madrid, the winners of the 2023–24 UEFA Champions League, in the 2024 UEFA Super Cup. The team will also play against the 2023 Copa Sudamericana winners, LDU Quito, in the 2024 UEFA–CONMEBOL Club Challenge. Since Atalanta had already qualified to enter the league phase of the 2024–25 UEFA Champions League through their league performance, the access list will be rebalanced.

Background

This was Atalanta's first ever European final. Having lost the 2024 Coppa Italia final, Atalanta failed to win a cup double, but were still seeking a first major title since winning the 1962–63 Coppa Italia. For Bayer Leverkusen, this was their third ever European showpiece match and the first since losing the 2002 UEFA Champions League final. Having won the 2023–24 Bundesliga title and secured passage to the 2024 DFB-Pokal final, Leverkusen were aiming for a treble.

Both teams had only met twice prior, in the 2021–22 UEFA Europa League round of 16. Atalanta won both legs, 3–2 at home and 1–0 in the away game.

Previous finals

In the following table, the finals until 2009 were in the UEFA Cup era, and since 2010 in the UEFA Europa League era.

Team Previous final appearances (bold indicates winners)
Italy Atalanta None
Germany Bayer Leverkusen 1 (1988)

Venue

Host selection

On 16 July 2021, the UEFA Executive Committee announced that due to the withdrawal of hosting rights for UEFA Euro 2020, the Aviva Stadium in Dublin was given hosting rights for the 2024 final. This was part of a settlement agreement by UEFA to recognise the efforts and financial investment made to host UEFA Euro 2020.

It was the second time that the Europa League final has been held in the Aviva Stadium, having previously hosted the 2011 final.

Road to the final

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).

Italy Atalanta Round Germany Bayer Leverkusen
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
Poland Raków Częstochowa 2–0 (H) Matchday 1 Sweden BK Häcken 4–0 (H)
Portugal Sporting CP 2–1 (A) Matchday 2 Norway Molde 2–1 (A)
Austria Sturm Graz 2–2 (A) Matchday 3 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 5–1 (H)
Austria Sturm Graz 1–0 (H) Matchday 4 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 1–0 (A)
Portugal Sporting CP 1–1 (H) Matchday 5 Sweden BK Häcken 2–0 (A)
Poland Raków Częstochowa 4–0 (A) Matchday 6 Norway Molde 5–1 (H)
Group D winners
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Italy Atalanta 6 14
2 Portugal Sporting CP 6 11
3 Austria Sturm Graz 6 4
4 Poland Raków Częstochowa 6 4
Source: UEFA
Final standings Group H winners
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 6 18
2 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 6 10
3 Norway Molde 6 7
4 Sweden BK Häcken 6 0
Source: UEFA
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Portugal Sporting CP 3–2 1–1 (A) 2–1 (H) Round of 16 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 5–4 2–2 (A) 3–2 (H)
England Liverpool 3–1 3–0 (A) 0–1 (H) Quarter-finals England West Ham United 3–1 2–0 (H) 1–1 (A)
France Marseille 4–1 1–1 (A) 3–0 (H) Semi-finals Italy Roma 4–2 2–0 (A) 2–2 (H)

Atalanta

Atalanta forward Gianluca Scamacca was the top scorer in the competition for his club with 6 goals leading up to the final.

Atalanta qualified for the Europa League group stage by finishing 5th in the 2022–23 Serie A. They were drawn into Group D alongside Primeira Liga fourth-place team Sporting CP, Austrian Football Bundesliga second-place team Sturm Graz, and reigning Ekstraklasa champions Raków Częstochowa.

In Atalanta's opener of the group stage, they faced Raków Częstochowa at the Stadio di Bergamo and won 2–0, with goals from Charles De Ketelaere and Éderson. On matchday 2, Atalanta defeated Sporting CP away from home at the Estádio José Alvalade 2–1, with goals by Giorgio Scalvini and Matteo Ruggeri, and a goal from Viktor Gyökeres for the hosts. On matchday 3, Atalanta drew in a 2–2 stalemate at the Stadion Graz Liebenau against Sturm Graz. On matchday 4, Atalanta defeated Sturm Graz in the reverse fixture at the Stadio di Bergamo, with a goal from Berat Djimsiti. On matchday 5, Atalanta drew 1–1 with Sporting CP at home, with a goal from Gianluca Scamacca and Marcus Edwards for the visitors. On matchday 6 at the Zagłębiowski Park Sportowy, Atalanta grabbed a 4–0 away win against Raków Częstochowa, with two goals from Luis Muriel, and goals by Giovanni Bonfanti and Charles De Ketelaere.

In the round of 16, Atalanta were drawn against Sporting CP, a rematch from the group stage clash. In the first leg at the Estádio José Alvalade, Atalanta drew 1–1, with goals from Gianluca Scamacca and Paulinho. In the second leg, Atalanta defeated Sporting CP 2–1, with goals from Ademola Lookman and Gianluca Scamacca cancelling out Pedro Gonçalves' opener to win 3–2 on aggregate and advance to the quarter-finals.

In the quarter-finals, Atalanta were drawn against English club and tournament favourites Liverpool. In the first leg, Atalanta produced a 3–0 away win at Anfield, with a brace from Gianluca Scamacca and a goal from Mario Pašalić, ending Liverpool's 34-game unbeaten run at home across all competitions. In the second leg, Atalanta lost 1–0, but despite Mohamed Salah scoring for his team, the three goal advantage from the first leg was enough for Atalanta to advance 3–1 on aggregate.

In the semi-finals, Atalanta were drawn against French club Marseille. In the first leg at the Stade de Marseille, Atalanta drew 1–1, with goals from Gianluca Scamacca and Chancel Mbemba for the hosts. In the second leg at the Stadio di Bergamo, the hosts defeated Marseille 3–0, with goals from Ademola Lookman, Matteo Ruggeri, and El Bilal Touré. Atalanta won 4–1 on aggregate to qualify for their first European final.

Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso led his team to the longest unbeaten run across all competitions since the introduction of UEFA club competitions (1955–56), with a record of 51 matches unbeaten en route to the final.

Bayer Leverkusen qualified for the Europa League group stage by finishing 6th in the 2022–23 Bundesliga, due to RB Leipzig winning the 2022–23 DFB-Pokal while also qualifying for the Champions League based on league position, meaning the Europa League place was passed down to sixth place. Leverkusen were drawn into Group H alongside reigning Azerbaijan Premier League champions Qarabağ, Eliteserien fifth-place team Molde, and Allsvenskan third-place team BK Häcken.

In Leverkusen's opener of the group stage, they faced BK Häcken at the BayArena and won 4–0, with goals from Florian Wirtz, Amine Adli, Victor Boniface and Jonas Hofmann. On matchday 2, Leverkusen defeated Molde away from home at the Aker Stadion 2–1, with goals by Jeremie Frimpong and Nathan Tella, and a goal from Emil Breivik for the hosts. On matchday 3, Leverkusen were victorious again in a 5–1 thumping at home against Qarabağ. On matchday 4, Leverkusen defeated Qarabağ in the reverse fixture at the Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium, with a goal from Victor Boniface. On matchday 5, Leverkusen won 2–0 against BK Häcken at Ullevi, with goals from Victor Boniface and Patrik Schick for the visitors. On matchday 6 at the BayArena, Leverkusen grabbed a 5–1 win against Molde, with two goals from Adam Hložek, and goals by Patrik Schick and Edmond Tapsoba as well as an own goal by Martin Ellingsen.

In the round of 16, Leverkusen were drawn against Qarabağ, a rematch from the group stage clash. In the first leg at the Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium, Leverkusen drew 2–2, with goals from Florian Wirtz and Patrik Schick. In the second leg, Leverkusen defeated Qarabağ 3–2, with one goal from Jeremie Frimpong and two late goals from Patrik Schick cancelling out goals from Abdellah Zoubir and Juninho to win 5–4 on aggregate and advance to the quarter-finals.

In the quarter-finals, Leverkusen were drawn against English club and reigning Europa Conference League winners West Ham United. In the first leg, Leverkusen produced a 2–0 home win at BayArena, with two late goals coming from Jonas Hofmann and Victor Boniface. In the second leg, the match ended with a 1–1 draw, where despite Michail Antonio opened the scoring early for West Ham, Jeremie Frimpong equalised late on to ensure that the two goal advantage from the first leg was enough for Leverkusen to advance 3–1 on aggregate.

In the semi-finals, Leverkusen were drawn against Italian club Roma, runners-up of the previous edition. In the first leg at the Stadio Olimpico, Leverkusen won 2–0, with goals from Florian Wirtz and Robert Andrich enough for the away team to carry an advantage into the second leg. In the second leg at the BayArena, the hosts came from 2–0 down after 66 minutes, courtesy of a brace from Leandro Paredes, before scoring two goals late on via an own goal from Gianluca Mancini and a 97th minute goal from Josip Stanišić to draw the match 2–2. Leverkusen won 4–2 on aggregate and progressed to the Europa League final, while also setting a new European unbeaten record of 49 successive games, surpassing the Benfica side that was managed between December 1963 and February 1965.

Pre-match

Identity

The original identity of the 2024 UEFA Europa League final was unveiled at the group stage draw on 1 September 2023.

Ambassador

The ambassador for the final was former Irish international John O'Shea who walked onto the pitch with the trophy before the match.

Ticket allocation

From a capacity of 48,000 seats, 36,000 were made available to the fans and the general public, of which both competing team's supporters received an allocation of 12,000 tickets each.

Match

Summary

Atalanta forward Ademola Lookman was named man of the match after becoming the first person to score a hat-trick in a Europa League final.

In the 12th minute, Atalanta went in front after Teun Koopmeiners played a through-ball to Davide Zappacosta who then played the ball low across from the right where Ademola Lookman was lurking, and the Nigerian managed to run in front of Exequiel Palacios and strike the ball into the top left-hand corner of the net to give the Italian side the lead. Lookman doubled Atalanta's lead fourteen minutes later, after collecting the ball and dribbling past Granit Xhaka before striking his effort into the bottom right-hand corner of the net to make it 2–0. Leverkusen came close to getting a goal back after Álex Grimaldo was played through on goal by Palacios, but the Spaniard's attempted chip ended up safely in the hands of Juan Musso. Atalanta pushed for a third as the game progressed, with Charles De Ketelaere having an effort saved by Matěj Kovář, and Piero Hincapié forced to prevent a cross from Koopmeiners from reaching De Ketelaere. In the 75th minute, Lookman completed his hat-trick after receiving the ball from Gianluca Scamacca on the left before managing to find himself space and get a shot away, which ended up in the top right-hand corner of the net. The match ended with Atalanta winning 3–0, as they secured their first ever European title.

Details

The "home" team (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held after the quarter-final and semi-final draws.

22 May 2024 (2024-05-22)20:00 IST
Atalanta Italy3–0Germany Bayer Leverkusen
Report
Aviva Stadium, DublinAttendance: 47,135Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
Atalanta Bayer Leverkusen
GK 1 Argentina Juan Musso
CB 19 Albania Berat Djimsiti (c) Yellow card 22'
CB 4 Sweden Isak Hien
CB 23 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sead Kolašinac downward-facing red arrow 46'
RM 77 Italy Davide Zappacosta Yellow card 60' downward-facing red arrow 84'
CM 13 Brazil Éderson
CM 7 Netherlands Teun Koopmeiners Yellow card 70'
LM 22 Italy Matteo Ruggeri downward-facing red arrow 90+1'
RF 17 Belgium Charles De Ketelaere downward-facing red arrow 57'
CF 90 Italy Gianluca Scamacca Yellow card 35' downward-facing red arrow 84'
LF 11 Nigeria Ademola Lookman
Substitutes:
GK 29 Italy Marco Carnesecchi
GK 31 Italy Francesco Rossi
DF 2 Italy Rafael Tolói upward-facing green arrow 90+1'
DF 42 Italy Giorgio Scalvini upward-facing green arrow 46'
MF 3 Sweden Emil Holm
MF 8 Croatia Mario Pašalić upward-facing green arrow 57'
MF 15 Netherlands Marten de Roon
MF 20 Netherlands Mitchel Bakker
MF 25 France Michel Ndary Adopo
MF 33 Netherlands Hans Hateboer upward-facing green arrow 84'
FW 10 Mali El Bilal Touré upward-facing green arrow 84'
FW 59 Russia Aleksei Miranchuk
Manager:
Italy Gian Piero Gasperini
GK 17 Czech Republic Matěj Kovář
CB 2 Croatia Josip Stanišić downward-facing red arrow 46'
CB 4 Germany Jonathan Tah (c)
CB 12 Burkina Faso Edmond Tapsoba Yellow card 67'
RM 30 Netherlands Jeremie Frimpong downward-facing red arrow 81'
CM 34 Switzerland Granit Xhaka
CM 25 Argentina Exequiel Palacios downward-facing red arrow 68'
LM 3 Ecuador Piero Hincapié
AM 10 Germany Florian Wirtz Yellow card 35' downward-facing red arrow 81'
CF 20 Spain Álex Grimaldo downward-facing red arrow 68'
CF 21 Morocco Amine Adli
Substitutes:
GK 1 Finland Lukas Hradecky
GK 36 Germany Niklas Lomb
DF 6 Ivory Coast Odilon Kossounou
DF 13 Brazil Arthur
MF 7 Germany Jonas Hofmann
MF 8 Germany Robert Andrich Yellow card 73' upward-facing green arrow 68'
MF 19 Nigeria Nathan Tella upward-facing green arrow 81'
MF 32 Colombia Gustavo Puerta
FW 9 Spain Borja Iglesias
FW 14 Czech Republic Patrik Schick upward-facing green arrow 81'
FW 22 Nigeria Victor Boniface upward-facing green arrow 46'
FW 23 Czech Republic Adam Hložek upward-facing green arrow 68'
Manager:
Spain Xabi Alonso

Man of the Match:
Ademola Lookman (Atalanta)

Assistant referees:
Vasile Marinescu (Romania)
Mihai Artene (Romania)
Fourth official:
Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
Reserve assistant referee:
Branislav Hancko (Slovakia)
Video assistant referee:
Pol van Boekel (Netherlands)
Assistant video assistant referee:
Cătălin Popa (Romania)
Support video assistant referee:
Rob Dieperink (Netherlands)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Maximum of twelve named substitutes
  • Maximum of five substitutions, with a sixth allowed in extra time
  • Maximum of three substitution opportunities, with a fourth allowed in extra time

Statistics

Post-match

Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini guided his team to their second major trophy, as well as his first.

With their victory, it gave Atalanta only the second major trophy in their 116-year history, over six decades after the Bergamo side had won the Coppa Italia in 1963. They were the tenth different Italian side to do so, second only to sides from England. Aged 66 years and 117 days, Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini became the fourth oldest manager to win a major European trophy after Raymond Goethals, Jupp Heynckes, and Alex Ferguson. This was also the biggest margin of defeat for a German team in a major European final match since the 1993 UEFA Cup, when Borussia Dortmund lost 3–0 to Juventus in the second leg. In single-game only finals, it was the biggest margin of defeat for a German team since Eintracht Frankfurt lost 7–3 to Real Madrid in the 1960 European Cup final. Atalanta forward Ademola Lookman was selected as man of the match after scoring a hat-trick in the game. His treble was the sixth to be scored in a major UEFA final, and was the first since Jupp Heynckes' for Borussia Mönchengladbach against Twente in 1975, which was the only other one to be scored in a UEFA Cup/Europa League final. Conversely, Bayer Leverkusen suffered their first defeat since their final game of the 2022–23 season. They had been unbeaten in all 51 of their matches in all competitions this term before the final.

The Mayor of Bergamo, Giorgio Gori said that an open top bus parade would be held to allow for celebrations in the city.

See also

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