Video: Palacios’ mistake that Atalanta took advantage of against Leverkusen in the Europa League final

May 22, 2024, 3:58 PM ET

The final between Bayer Leverkusen and Atalanta in The UEFA Europa League 2023/2024 is defined by details. Very quickly, the Italians imposed their intensity on the Germans and struck effectively, taking advantage of every rival failure. The first goal by the Nigerian Lookman, after a defensive inattention by Exequiel Palacios, is the best example. The match that takes place in Dublin can be enjoyed live on Star+ (for South America).

In the first minutes, the final looked very attractive. Both teams tried to impose their game on the rival. In that fight, Gasperini’s Atalanta took advantage of the defensive imbalances of a somewhat nervous Leverkusen and began to bring danger. First, he did it with set pieces. Then, little by little, he began to attack deeper. The Italians were better and confirmed it early with great efficiency.

Palacios’ mistake that Atalanta made against Leverkusen

The game became unbalanced after 11 minutes. Atalanta reached the back of the field on the right wing with Zappacosta. The winger threw a dangerous cross that crossed the entire area without Leverkusen being able to clear it.

The ball reached the far post where Exe Palacios waited for her to control and come out playing. The Argentine made the mistake of trusting himself inside the area. He did not register the threatening presence of the Nigerian Lookman who surpassed him in intensity. The winger anticipated it and pushed into the empty goal. First clear arrival and first goal for the Italians.

Afterwards, a German reaction was expected, which did not happen. Fifteen minutes later, The Nigerian converted again with a great shot from the door of the area after a great individual play.

Palacios tried to lead the comeback. The Argentine did not sink into his mistake and knew how to improve his performance. Leverkusen’s clearest move in the first half came from the feet of the world champion midfielder. Wirtz was unable to convert one-on-one against Musso and the Germans went into the break with a huge 2-0 lead.

Lookman’s double, who now has 4 goals in this Europa League with Atalanta, leaves him very close to the Europa League. AND Exe Palacios’ Leverkusen is on the verge of losing the final and, also, undefeated this season.

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