Goal-hero Falcao hails unique gift
Radamel Falcao hailed his Europa League success a dream come true as his brilliant brace handed Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.
Falcao grabbed two superb goals in the opening half as Atletico took an impenetrable grip on the final in Bucharest, rifling his first into the top corner before a neat turn and finish doubled his tally.
Athletic were brighter in the second half but Diego settled the outcome with a late goal that handed Atleti their second Europa League triumph in three seasons.
Falcao revealed he had targeted success in the competition when he signed for the Madrid club from Porto before the start of the season.
"When I arrived at Atletico, I said I wanted to come to Bucharest to win this trophy and, thank God, we have achieved it," he said. "This is a gift that few players have the opportunity to experience.
"Firstly I thank God, plus all the players, the coaches, my wife and my family, my mum and brothers in Colombia. This victory is also for them and for the fans of Atletico."
Diego added: "It was a hard game but we played extraordinarily well. We were almost perfect tonight even though we were facing a great team. It's a dream, an incredible moment."
Athletic coach Marcelo Bielsa insisted he was to blame for the defeat and cut a desolate figure in his post-match press conference.
He said: "I am the person responsible for how my team played and we did not manage to accomplish our goal. I feel tremendously disappointed.
"There was a stark difference between the teams. They set the stage to play their game and impose their style. We did quite the contrary. The result is fair but the difference between the teams was exaggerated. Of course the players are devastated - it's only natural."