Seventeen-goal Falcao signs off with record
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Falcao had already broken Jürgen Klinsmann's 15-year-old record for goals in a single UEFA Europa League or UEFA Cup season and he took his tally to 17 in FC Porto's final win.
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Falcao added to his record-breaking tally of goals in a single UEFA Europa League season on Wednesday, scoring his 17th of the campaign to ensure FC Porto overcame SC Braga in Dublin.
The Colombia striker broke Jürgen Klinsmann's 15-goal haul in FC Bayern München's UEFA Cup-winning campaign of 1995/96 in the semi-final second leg against Villarreal CF, though it was the first instalment that really showcased his scoring prowess. He struck four in a 5-1 comeback win, his third hat-trick of the campaign following hauls against SK Rapid Wien and FC Spartak Moskva.
Falcao was at it again against Braga at the Dublin Arena, rising to meet Fredy Guarín's right-wing cross with a firm header in the 44th minute. That proved the only goal of the night to take the trophy to Porto for the second time following their 2003 success.
It completed a remarkable campaign for the 25-year-old, whose 17 goals have come over the course of 14 games, two more than Klinsmann. He also struck in September's play-off and registered in his last nine appearances in all competitions, 16 goals in all.
2010/11 UEFA Europa League top scorers
17 Falcao (FC Porto)
11 Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal CF)
6 Tomáš Necid (PFC CSKA Moskva)
5 Fredy Guarín (FC Porto)
5 Frédéric Kanouté (Sevilla FC)
5 Wilfried Bony (AC Sparta Praha)
5 Nilmar (Villarreal CF)
5 Artjoms Rudņevs (KKS Lech Poznań)
5 Edinson Cavani (SSC Napoli)
5 Artem Milevskiy (FC Dynamo Kyiv)
Most UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup goals in a season
17 Falcao (FC Porto, 2010/11)
15 Jürgen Klinsmann (FC Bayern München, 1995/96)
14 John Wark (Ipswich Town FC, 1981/82)
12 Derlei (FC Porto, 2002/03)
A full list of the leading scorers in this season's UEFA Europa League, and a host of other statistics, can be found here.