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Spanish Primera BBVA

Vicente Calderon (ATT 35,000) 27th August 2012 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: F Teixeira Vitienes

A Madrid Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Ath Bilbao

A Madrid 4

Falcao (20, 42, pen 59)
Tiago Mendes (84)

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Big win for Atletico Madrid

Last Updated: 28/08/12 7:06am

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Radamel Falcao: Three goals helepd Atletico Madrid win

Radamel Falcao: Three goals helepd Atletico Madrid win

Atletico Madrid warmed up for their European Super Cup meeting with Chelsea on Friday with a devastating 4-0 win over Athletic Bilbao thanks to a hat-trick from Radamel Falcao.

The Colombian opened his account for the season with a brilliant individual effort on 19 minutes and had his second just before half-time as he slotted home Diego Godin's fine cross at the back post.

Athletic continued to offer little resistance after the break and Falcao completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot just shy of the hour mark before Tiago rounded things off with a stunning strike from outside the box late on.

Falcao has now scored seven goals in the last three meetings between the sides having also scored a brace in the Europa League final at the end of last season and his power was far too much for an Athletic defence still without the seemingly Bayern Munich-bound Javi Martinez.

The opener was purely the creation of the former Porto striker's own work as he received a throw-in near the byline, turned Carlos Gurpegui and then dinked a lovely finish over Gorka Iraizoz.

Ander Herrera then went close to an equaliser with a curling effort that drifted just over, but that proved to be as good as it got from Athletic and Falcao should have doubled his tally moments later but wastefully headed over from Arda Turan's perfectly weighted cross.

However, Falcao did not have to wait long for his second of the evening as he nipped in at the back post to bury Godin's wonderful cross.

Marcelo Bielsa introduced Iker Muniain and Ibai Gomez at half-time in a bid to offer the visitors more attacking impetus, but the changes failed to have any tangible effect as Atleti continued to dominate.

The third goal arrived on 57 minutes when Gurpegui was somewhat harshly ruled to have deliberately handled and Falcao confidently stepped up to send Iraizoz the wrong way.

The Athletic keeper then did brilliantly to avoid the scoreline becoming even more embarrassing for the visitors as he denied Falcao his fourth from point-blank range and produced a fantastic double save from Adrian and Koke, whilst Mario Suarez also hit the underside of the bar.

However, Iraizoz could do nothing as Tiago sealed a perfect night for Diego Simeone's men with a superb strike from 20 yards with six minutes remaining.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 32 78
2 Real Madrid 32 76
3 Atletico Madrid 32 69
4 Valencia 32 65
5 Sevilla 32 63
6 Villarreal 32 52
7 Malaga 32 46
8 Athletic Bilbao 32 43
9 Celta Vigo 32 42
10 Espanyol 32 42
11 Rayo Vallecano 32 41
12 Real Sociedad 32 38
13 Getafe 32 36
14 Elche 32 34
15 Eibar 32 31
16 Levante 32 29
17 Almeria 32 28
18 Deportivo La Coruna 32 28
19 Granada 32 25
20 Cordoba 32 20