Falcao helps Atletico roll to Europa League title
Falcao struck the opening goal after just seven minutes and put his team in
command before the break when he found the net once more in the 34th.
Diego sealed the win with a goal five minutes from time, while Athletic's best
chance came in stoppage time when Ibai Gomez struck the crossbar.
Falcao dominated the Europa League last season as he led FC Porto to the
trophy, and the Colombian has once again been the driving force behind
Atletico's title charge.
He fired his team in front in the seventh minute with a brilliant strike after
taking possession of the ball on the right and finding the far corner of the
net with a shot that left Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz with no chance.
Falcao doubled the advantage in the 34th minute with another nice piece of
individual skill as he turned past a defender before unleashing a rocket past
Iraizoz for his 35th goal in 38 games this season.
Athletic pressed forward in the hope of getting back into the game, and
although Marcelo Bielsa's side created more chances after the break, Falcao
nearly completed his hat trick when he struck the post.
Diego secured the win five minutes from time with a left-footed strike that
found the far corner of the net, while Athletic's frustrations were summed up
in stoppage time when Gomez saw his shot hit the crossbar.
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