Porto striker Falcao proud to equal Jurgen Klinsmann’s European record

Colombian hit four goals in his side’s victory over Villarreal in the Europa League last night , equalling Jurgen Klinsmann’s record of 15 goals in the 1995-96 UEFA Cup season

Porto striker Falcao is delighted to have taken his goal-tally in the Europa League to 15 goals this season but has warned his side against complacency in their return leg against Villarreal

The 25-year-old scored four times in Porto’s 5-1 victory over their Spanish opponents in the first-leg of their semi-final tie on Thursday evening, equalling Jurgen Klinsmann’s record of 15 goals in the 1995-96 UEFA Cup season.

Falcao is proud to have achieved the feat and told Uefa.com: "I'm aware I'm now level with Klinsmann and that makes me very proud. But I'm not done yet.

"I will never forget tonight [Thursday] – it's like a dream come true. It was the first 'poker' [the Iberian term for a four-goal haul] of my career. But above all, I'm satisfied I've helped my team achieve their objective. This was a team effort and every single player gave their all for the collective good."

However, the Colombian striker warns against any complacency against Villarreal in the second-leg and said: "The tie isn't over yet. Despite this big win, we have to remain focused and calm because there's a second game to come and it will be difficult for sure.

“Villarreal are very good at home – as they showed against Twente. We can't ease up. We have to get past Villarreal and only then can we think about the final."

The second-leg between Villarreal and Porto takes place in Spain next week.

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