Atletico de Madrid started strong & pressured up front while Bilbao was still calming down from the nerves of the Final. In one of those "nervous" moments FALCAO did a marvellous individual play piece when he "found-created" a shot that found the back of net in the 6th min. It was an extraordinary goal that shook Bilbao & sent a message of intentions.
|Miranda - Llorente|
Bilbao reacted & bettered their play controlling more the ball & creating chances. But Atletico tonight was concentrated & was tactically almost perfect with maximum discipline in defence that cancelled out the majority of the Bilbao opportunities. In fact, Atletico had a clear plan, defensive discipline, pressure upfront & counter-attack Football. In one of those occasions FALCAO again did "his party trick" & individually created a magical goal in the 34th min that took Atletico half way home.
The second half saw Bilbao make 3 changes & push the team forward to look for the goal that would help them attempt a comeback. But defenders Godin, Miranda, Juan Fran & Felipe Luis stopped all the Bilbao efforts & Atletico goalkeeper Courtois was secure & made a goal save that pushed Atletico closer to the title.
Then in the 85th min DIEGO sentenced with an individual play of stop-go-start Football & a crossed-shot to find the net for the 3rd goal. It was clear here that Atletico would be European Champions.
The man of the match was "Mr Europa League" , FALCAO with his 2 goals that confirmed him as the Europa League Top goalscorer - again. The Colombian simply put in a perfect night of World-class Football , as did his team.
From Spanish Football Sports, & me as an Atletico fan, congratulations to Atletico de Madrid, & also to Athletic de Bilbao for being grand finalist & wishing them luck for the Spanish Cup Final coming up soon.
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