Unlike Bettlejuice, saying his name three times will not make him appear instantly, but it might make him score a goal. Or three, as he did on Friday against Chelsea in the 2012 UEFA Supercup match. His team and reigning UEFA Europa League champion, Atlético Madrid, destroyed the UEFA Champions League champ, with a 4-1 final score, a difference that could have been much broader if it weren’t for Petr Cech and his great saves, plus the help from the goalposts.
Radamel Falcao was born in Colombia, but had his professional debut in Argentinian team River Plate in 2005. After 4 years that included many goals and various injuries, Falcao was bought by Portuguese team Porto, where he started making a name for himself internationally. Falcao lead his team to an Europa League championship in 2011, and later got transfered to Atlético Madrid, after the Spanish team lost both Sergio Agüero and Diego Forlán. The Colombian had big shoes to fill, but his goals and good game led the team to win its second Europa League in 3 years, Falcao becoming the first player to win the tournament two years in a row.
This friday he scored the first goal of the night after chipping the ball over Cech and with defender David Luiz not being able to stop the ball from entering the net after hitting the goalpost. His second goal was similar to the one he scored against Athletic Club Bilbao in the Europa League final, hitting a lovely curved shot that passed over David Luiz’s head and Cech’s hand. Simply amazing. The third goal came after a great counter attack that ended with a fine touch that went through Cech’s legs. Falcao made a total of 7 shots, 4 of them on goal, hat-trick included. A pure stricker.