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National Arena (ATT 52,347) 9th May 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: W Stark

A Madrid Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Ath Bilbao

A Madrid 3

Falcao (7, 34)
Diego (85)

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  1. Thanks for joining us for the action and don't forget to return for coverage of domestic games this weekend, the Champions League final a week on Saturday, and of course Euro 2012. Good night.

  2. Well, that's it for another season of Europa League football. Atletico Madrid were clinical in the final, Bilbao toothless but full of desire, and both sides deserve credit for their runs to the final.

  3. 90+3

    The referee blows for full time, and Madrid's players storm the pitch to congratulate match-winner Falcao and relish their second Europa League title in two years.

  4. 90+2

    Munain for once gives it away - he looks a tired young man - but Bilbao win it back and Perez hits the bar from 25 yards with a powerful strike. Shame, they deserve a consolation for their efforts in this competition.

  5. 90+1

    Space for Turin as we enter the first of three added minutes and Falcao almost scuffs a hat-trick.

  6. 90

    Kasmirski gets a kick in the shin from Susaeta, who is carded for his troubles.

  7. Falcao is lucky that the referee is in good spirits as a naughty foul sees Bilbao win a free kick, and the Columbian avoid a card. Diego comes off and Koke is on.

  8. 89

    Madrid are showboating now, which is harsh on this tireless Bilbao side. Munain breaks through midfield but Miranda intercepts again.

  9. Lopez is off and Salvio is on. He wins his side a throw in as Bielsa slumps in his seat.

  10. 87

    To his immense credit, Munain is back up to launch another attack for Bilbao but it's futile now. He almost finds Llorente but Miranda deflects it to safety.

  11. 86

    GOAL! DIEGO! It's another stunner out of absolutely nowhere. Bilbao are pressing but when they lose the ball, Diego is straight at their defence. Quick feet see him find space on his left side and he gives Iraizoz no chance by finishing in the bottom corner. Munain collapses in tears. Madrid go wild.

  12. 85

    Perez crosses but Llorente is nowhere near it, however Munain finds Iraola, whose cross comes back to Perez, but he misses when attempting to strike it first time.

  13. 84

    Another stunning Miranda clearance denies Munain and the Madrid defender has to clear again as Perez tries to find space.

  14. 83

    Replays show that Courtois did make a save two or three minutes ago, when it looked like Godin had charged down a shot. Sterling stuff from the keeper as Bilbao build from the back again.

  15. 82

    Munain bursts from midfield - he's not giving up yet - but just as he's bearing down on the Madrid defence he loses control and commits a foul in the process of trying to retain possession.

  16. 81

    Lopez claims handball but the referee says no as Madrid pen Bilbao in their own half. 10 minutes to go and surely it's too late for Bilbao now.

  17. 80

    Brilliant from Falcao who leaves Amorebieta standing, cuts inside to shoot, only to find his deflected shot hitting the post. So close to capping a faultless performance.

  18. 79

    But Madrid do now take the chance to counter, Turan beating two men before an attempted lob comes to no good. Bilbao counter and two shots are charged down by the outstanding Godin.

  19. 78

    Miranda stoops low to clear an Iraola cross as Bilbao utterly dominate, Madrid now happy to put 10 men behind the ball and leave Falcao isolated.

  20. 77

    Munain does superbly once again - he doe't deserve to be on the losing side - and eventually Susaeta's deflected shot goes wide for a corner which is punched clear by Courtois.

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