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Fifteen-goal Falcao equals Klinsmann's feat

Published: Thursday 28 April 2011, 22.56CET
Falcao is likely to finish top scorer in this season's competition after taking his tally to 15 with four second-half strikes against Villarreal CF, equalling Jürgen Klinsmann's tally in 1995/96.
Fifteen-goal Falcao equals Klinsmann's feat
Falcao equalises from the spot against Villarreal ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 28 April 2011, 22.56CET

Fifteen-goal Falcao equals Klinsmann's feat

Falcao is likely to finish top scorer in this season's competition after taking his tally to 15 with four second-half strikes against Villarreal CF, equalling Jürgen Klinsmann's tally in 1995/96.

Barring a remarkable turn of events in the semi-final second leg, FC Porto's Falcao appears certain to be crowned top scorer in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League after his four goals against Villarreal CF took his tally to a record-equalling 15.

One ahead of Villarreal's Giuseppe Rossi at kick-off, the Colombia striker stormed clear in the standings thanks to four second-half strikes in the Dragons' 5-1 home win – his third goal, a diving header from Fredy Guarín's free-kick, completed his third hat-trick in the competition this season. As a result, the 25-year-old equalled Jürgen Klinsmann's 15-goal haul in FC Bayern Munchen's UEFA Cup-winning campaign of 1995/96.

Rossi has the chance to respond in the return leg next Thursday, when strike partner Nilmar can add to his tally of five goals, which gives him a share of fourth place with seven other players. One of those, Guarín, was also on target against Villarreal. PFC CSKA Moskva forward Tomáš Necid holds third position with six goals.

A full list of the leading scorers in this season's UEFA Europa League, as well as a host of other statistics, can be found here.

Last updated: 07/02/14 17.12CET

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