Goal of the day: Radamel Falcao (Atlético Madrid) vs Athletic Bilbao | inside World Soccer

A brilliant opener from Radamel Falcao inspired Atlético Madrid to a 3-0 win over fellow Spaniards Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League final in Bucharest.

Atlético Madrid striker Radamel Falcao scores against Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League final
Atlético Madrid striker Radamel Falcao scores against Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League final

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Colombian star Falcao was in top form and he curled home a wonderful opening goal within the opening seven minutes.

The 26-year-old latched onto a good through ball from Diego down the right and he was confronted by Fernando Amorebieta.

But the Bilbao defender slipped, lost a step and Falcao worked a yard of space before curling an unstoppable left-foot shot inside the far post in the upper right corner.

Falcao then added a second in the 34th minute before Diego's late goal sealed victory for the Rojiblancos.

"The first goal? I didn't have an angle so I simply looked for some space," Falcao said after the game.

"They told me to look for the far post from time to time, and this time I listened."



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