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Falcao provides golden touch in Atletico triumph

Radamel Falcao justified his golden boot billing by firing Atletico Madrid to glory in the National Arena in Bucharest last night.

The Colombia striker produced two moments of magic in the first half before Diego's late goal put the seal on Atletico's second title in three years.

Diego Simeone's side were vastly superior in their eagerly awaited all-Spanish final against Athletic Bilbao as Marcelo Bielsa's men froze.

Falcao's 11th and 12th goals of the tournament not only earned him the top scorer prize ahead of Schalke's Klaas Jan Huntelaar, but took his all-time Europa record to 29 in 29 games.

Bilbao had come into the tournament through the qualifying round and have thrilled and delighted onlookers since, never more so than in their win over Manchester United, but never truly got going last night as their big names disappointed.

But the biggest name in the tournament did not, however, as Falcao first curled a magnificent left-footed effort inside the far post in the seventh minute before he brilliantly turned on a sixpence in the area in the 34th minute to lash home a second.

Diego added the final touch five minutes from time as Los Rojiblancos continued their blossoming love affair with this competition.

Irish Independent