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Spanish Primera BBVA

Vicente Calderon (ATT 45,000) 7th October 2012 - Kick off 20:30 Ref: M Perez Lasa

A Madrid Atletico Madrid vs Malaga Malaga

A Madrid 2

Falcao (6)
Weligton (og 90)


Malaga 1

R Santa Cruz (36)

Falcao stars in Atletico win

Last Updated: 08/10/12 12:05am

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Falcao: Impressed under the gazing eye of Roberto Mancini

Falcao: Impressed under the gazing eye of Roberto Mancini

Goal machine Radamel Falcao put on a show for the watching Roberto Mancini as he guided his Atletico Madrid side to a thrilling 2-1 win over Malaga and a share of the Primera Division lead.

On a night when Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo proved their undeniable worth with braces in the Clasico, Falcao proved he has a game that can rival the pair of them at Vicente Calderon.

Whether Manchester City boss Mancini was there to watch the Portuguese or not, he will surely not have failed to notice another all-action display from the former Porto man.

He opened the scoring with his 11th of the season six minutes in and, when it looked as though Roque Santa Cruz's brilliant header would deny Atletico a share of top spot, Weligton put through his own goal in added time, under severe pressure from Falcao who may well look to claim the goal as his own.

Malaga were unhappy at the awarding of the goal, calling for pushing in the build-up as well as claiming Falcao put undue pressure on Weligton and Nacho Monreal, but that did not bother home boss Diego Simeone who celebrated wildly with his players on the touchline.

It had looked as though the Argentinian's goal-happy side would cut loose when Falcao scored so early, the striker showing a quick brain as he stooped to head in Emre Belozoglu's left-wing cross.

Former Newcastle man Emre then picked out Joao Miranda but he was unable to replicate Falcao's accuracy.

Santa Cruz was, though, with the Paraguay international showing Mancini that if he is looking for another striker, he has the necessary tools.

He is on loan to Malaga from City but a return to Eastlands is highly unlikely with Mancini having made up his mind about a player who has rarely fired in blue, but he was on song in this game, getting a run on Miranda and getting a bullet header to Monreal's near-post cross nine minutes before the break.

Malaga have been in good form themselves - they were brilliant against Anderlecht in the Champions League - but they were unable to build momentum on this occasion. Falcao should have put them behind again with a 51st-minute header.

With chances few and far between, that looked like being Atleti's last chance to take the win until, with seconds left, Weligton's foul on Falcao set up a right-wing free-kick, Gabi's ball in was not cleared and Falcao pressured the Brazilian into putting through his own goal, perhaps getting a touch himself.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 33 82
2 Real Madrid 33 79
3 Barcelona 33 78
4 Athletic Bilbao 33 62
5 Sevilla 33 56
6 Villarreal 33 52
7 Real Sociedad 33 51
8 Valencia 33 44
9 Espanyol 33 41
10 Levante 33 40
11 Malaga 33 38
12 Celta Vigo 33 37
13 Granada 33 37
14 Rayo Vallecano 33 37
15 Elche 33 35
16 Osasuna 33 34
17 Real Valladolid 33 32
18 Getafe 33 31
19 Almeria 33 30
20 Real Betis 33 22