A match where Athletic Club Bilbao was thought to have more chances to win it before entering the pitch, became a completely different story when the referees’ whistle blew the beginning of the match. Atletico Madrid put up a great performance in this year’s UEFA Europa League final match and won it 3-0.
Though both teams had their opportunities to score, Atletico demonstrated to be right on target to score its three goals by taking advantage of its counter attacking opportunities and Athletic Club’s key defensive mistakes. Colombian striker, “El Tigre” Falcao, proved he was worth every cent of the €40 million the team paid for him by dominating the offensive attacks of Atletico. He was superb on his two goals. His intelligence, talent and cleverness made him excelled over the rest of the players on the field, so for FIFA was an easy decision to name him the man of the match.
Brazilian midfielder, Diego, put the dagger in Athletic Club’s players and fans when he scored the third goal of the match at the end of it. It was a beautiful goal where he showed great control of the ball and aim to the net. Of course that it was a team effort, as they all contributed to get the victory, but Falcao and Diego made Atletico Madrid President, Enrique Cerezo, look like a genius for asserting in signing them last year.
And President Cerezo really did. Falcao and Diego add so much more than a potent offense to this team. They bring hope and joy to Atletico Madrid fans, and allow the team to set higher goals for themselves making them fight harder to achieve the expected results. This is, of course, a work in progress… and so far it is working for them, and I hope it continues this way.
This is an extraordinary personal achievement for Falcao, who also won this tournament last year with Porto F.C. scoring the only goal of the match. And a great team achievement for Atletico Madrid for lifting the Europa League Cup twice in the last three years. Congratulations Atletico Madrid!
- Y gracias por no fumar!
|Falcao (in white) lifting the Europa League Cup and celebrating the title |
with his teammates. Picture from laprensa.hn