Falcao delivers European glory for Athletico

Updated: May 10, 2012

Radamel Falcao continued his love affair with the Europa League as Atletico Madrid defeated La Liga rivals Athletic Bilbao to claim the trophy in Bucharest.

It was Atletico’s second Europa League success in three seasons, but the evening belonged to Falcao, who achieved the unique feat of winning the competition in consecutive seasons with different clubs and finishing top scorer both years.

‘El Tigre’s’ two first-half goals were both superbly taken, although Athletic’s defending was questionable. The Basques’ coach Marcelo Bielsa kept making tactical switches, but his side never really got going and Diego Ribas’ fine solo strike finished the contest late on allowing Atletico captain Gabi to deservedly lifted the trophy.