Atletico Madrid team members celebrate after winning the 2012 UEFA Europa League, May 9.
Atletico Madrid has brushed aside Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in the all-Spanish final of the 2012 UEFA Europa League at the National Arena in Bucharest to win the trophy for the second time in three years.
Atletico’s first goal came in the seventh minute when their prolific Colombian striker Radamel Falcao received the ball on the right side of the box, made space for himself with a delicate step-over and curled a sumptuous effort into the top corner of the goal.
Falcao then doubled his own and his team’s tally on the 34th minute when he blasted home from close range. That was his 12th goal of the competition, confirming him as the tournament's top scorer for the second campaign running.
The Red and Whites then spent the final hour keeping Bilbao at bay until Diego put the match beyond any doubt five minutes from time with a fine strike.
Atletico Madrid won the tournament for the first time in 2010, beating Fulham at the HSH Nordbank Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
The UEFA Europa League is the second most prestigious European club football contest after the UEFA Champions League.