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Falcao at the double as Atlético outshine Lazio

Published: Thursday 16 February 2012, 21.04CET
S.S. Lazio 1-3 Club Atlético de Madrid
Tournament specialist Falcao scored twice as the 2010 UEFA Europa League winners came from behind to establish a convincing advantage.
by Richard Aikman
from Stadio Olimpico

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Match statistics

LazioAtlético

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target3
 
3
Corners3
 
3
Offsides0
1
Fouls committed15
 
25
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 16 February 2012, 21.04CET

Falcao at the double as Atlético outshine Lazio

S.S. Lazio 1-3 Club Atlético de Madrid
Tournament specialist Falcao scored twice as the 2010 UEFA Europa League winners came from behind to establish a convincing advantage.

Falcao starred as Club Atlético de Madrid came from behind in impressive style to establish a convincing advantage over S.S. Lazio.

The striker, a UEFA Europa League winner with FC Porto last season, scored in each half after Adrián López had cancelled out Miroslav Klose's 19th-minute opener. It leaves the Serie A side with a mountain to climb in Madrid next week if they are to reach the last 16.

It was an emotional return for Atlético coach Diego Simeone, who was handed a pennant by his former club in recognition of his services as a player, to the acclaim of the home crowd. The Curva Nord were almost silenced within a minute of kick-off, though, when Koke muscled his way past Matuzalem before playing in Falcao to blaze over from a tight angle.

The visitors made all the early running, yet it was Lazio who took the lead when Thibaut Courtois fumbled a routine long shot by Antonio Candreva and Klose reacted first to the rebound. It was hard on Simeone's side but it took them just six minutes to level. Falcao outjumped Giuseppe Biava to head Juanfran's deep right-wing cross into the path of Adrián, who volleyed in from close range.

The Rojiblancos deservedly took the lead on 37 minutes in some style. Adrián's back-heeled flick was controlled in a tight space by Diego, whose centre through a crowded area found Falcao lurking at the far post to fire in.

Lazio tried to up their tempo thereafter, Hernanes ‒ the hosts' brightest light ‒ mistiming both a header and a shot, but they had no answer to the rapid interplay of the 2010 winners, who extended their lead on 63 minutes with a rapier counterattack. Adrián raced down the right before picking out Falcao for his fifth strike of the campaign, and his 22nd UEFA Europa League goal in all.

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Lineups

lazio

Lazio

atlético

Atlético

83
MarchettiFederico Marchetti (GK)
13
CourtoisThibaut Courtois (GK)
8
HernanesHernanes
2
GodínDiego Godín
11
MatuzalémMatuzalém
4
Mario SuárezMario Suárez
Yellow Card26
15
GonzálezÁlvaro González
Substitution54
6
Filipe LuísFilipe Luís
20
BiavaGiuseppe Biava
Substitution46
7
Adrián LópezAdrián López
Goal25
Substitution66
21
DiakitèModibo Diakitè
9
FalcaoRadamel Falcao
Goal37
Goal63
24
LedesmaCristian Ledesma (C)
Substitution84
14
GabiGabi (C)
25
KloseMiroslav Klose
Goal19
19
KokeKoke
29
KonkoAbdoulay Konko
20
JuanfranJuanfran
Yellow Card51
Substitution82
78
ZauriLuciano Zauri
22
DiegoDiego
Substitution72
87
CandrevaAntonio Candreva
Yellow Card64
23
MirandaMiranda

Substitutes

1
BizzarriAlbano Bizzarri (GK)
25
Sergio AsenjoSergio Asenjo (GK)
3
André DiasAndré Dias
11
Arda TuranArda Turan
Substitution72
18
KozákLibor Kozák
Substitution54
12
Paulo AssunçãoPaulo Assunção
19
LulićSenad Lulić
15
PizziPizzi
33
StankevičiusMarius Stankevičius
Substitution46
18
Álvaro DomínguezÁlvaro Domínguez
41
Zampa Enrico Zampa
Substitution84
21
PereaLuis Perea
Substitution66
53
RozziAntonio Rozzi
8
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Substitution82

Coach

Edoardo Reja (ITA) Diego Simeone (ARG)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Martin Wilczek (CZE), Antonin Kordula (CZE)

Fourth official

Libor Kovařik (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Miroslav Zelinka (CZE), Radek Příhoda (CZE)

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