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Atalanta ease past Marseille to advance to Europa League final

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Atalanta BC booked their spot in the Europa League final courtesy of a 3-0 victory over French giants Marseille in the second leg of their semi-final in Italy on Thursday night.

The tie was delicately poised following a 1-1 draw in the first leg last week, but Atalanta proved to be too strong for their opponents on home soil, recording a three-goal win on the night to triumph 4-1 on aggregate.

Ademola Lookman made the breakthrough in the 30th minute, before Matteo Ruggeri and El Bilal Toure struck in the second period for the hosts.

Atalanta eliminated tournament favourites Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the competition, and the Italian outfit will now be going in search of their first European trophy in Dublin on May 22, with Bayer Leverkusen, who remain unbeaten this season, their opponents after the Bundesliga side navigated their way past Roma.

The Coppa Italia finalists had 13 shots - four of which were on target - to Marseille's two in the opening half of action, which told the story of the first 45 minutes at Stadio di Bergamo, and they also dominated the second period on home soil.