Irish West Knock Airport says goodbye to “tired” fans after the end of a long run

Ireland West Airport welcomed a group of exhausted fans in the early hours of this morning.

A special charter flight was waiting to take devastated Bayer Leverkusen fans back to Germany after their team lost 3-0 to Atalanta in the Europa League final in Dublin.

The defeat ended the Bundesliga team’s incredible 51-match unbeaten streak that has seen them win their first league title in their history.

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A stunning hat-trick from Ademola Lookman gave the Serie A side their first European trophy and only their second trophy since 1963. The Italian side were comfortably the better team throughout and led 2-0 at half-time. The match concluded in the final quarter with Lookman’s third and final goal that sent the thousands of Atalanta fans in attendance into delirium.

Images from the terminal show many Bayers with their heads bowed as they wait to board their charter flight home, while others make the most of the amenities and enjoy coffee and tea.

In an online post, the people of Ireland West said: “We had the pleasure of hosting a charter flight for Bayer Leverkusen fans at the airport in the early hours of the morning to catch their flight back to Cologne after the final. UEFA Europa League last night. Sadly their season-long unbeaten run came to an end; many tired fans this morning.”

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