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Played
January 15, 2012 7:00 PM MYT
Estadio Vicente Calderón — Madrid
Referee:‬ Javier Turienzo Álvarez‎
Attendance:‬ 40000‎
 
 
52′ (PG) Radamel Falcao
 
80′ Diego Ribas
 
Top of the Match
Diego Ribas
Diego Ribas
Atletico Madrid
Arda Turan
Arda Turan
Atletico Madrid
Flop of the Match
Cristian Zapata
Cristian Zapata
Villarreal
Diego Ribas
Diego Ribas
Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid 3-0 Villarreal: Radamel Falcao brace and Diego clincher proves too much for hapless Yellow Submarine

The Colombia international netted twice before the Brazilian playmaker put the match to bed in the closing stages of the game to heap more misery on the visitors

By Stefan Coerts

Atletico de Madrid: Radamel Falcao
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Atletico Madrid recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over Villarreal in Primera Division action at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday.

Radamel Falcao gave the hosts the lead in the opening 45 minutes, before adding a second from the spot after the break. Brazilian playmaker Diego then made it three in the 80th minute.

Diego Simeone's hosts would have fancied their chances before kick-off due to the dreadful form of the Yellow Submarine, who despite starting the season in the Champions League, look set for a relegation battle in the second half of the campaign under new coach Jose Molina.

And indeed it was the home side that had all the chances to break the deadlock in the opening stages of the encounter, but Diego Lopez stood tall between the posts to keep the away side in the contest.

The Spain international made inspired blocks from Falcao and Diego in the first half, the second a superb save from a header.

However, it was only a matter of time before his goal, one that has been under severe pressure all season, was breached.

Simeone's men deservedly grabbed the lead after 40 minutes, when Adrian set up fellow attacker Falcao and the Colombian this time had no trouble finding the net from close range.

The hosts continued to dominate after the opener and Falcao made it two for the Madrid side after the break when he converted a spot kick. Gonzalo had made a rash challenge on the former Porto attacker, and he dusted himself down to effectively put the game beyond Villarreal.

The Yellow Submarine, in truth, are a shadow of the side that performed so impressively last season, and although they did their utmost to peg one back, they failed to really trouble Thibaut Courtois.

Diego
put the match to bed in the 80th minute after an assist from Filipe, slotting home neatly as the visiting defence allowed him to drift through.

The capital club could have made the victory all the more emphatic, had Eduardo Salvio and Gabi converted late chances, but their work for the day was done, and Simeone could celebrate a confident victory.

Atletico have climbed to 10th spot in the Primera Division table following their triumph, and they meet Real Sociedad on January 21 in their next game.

Villarreal, menwhile, remain 18th in La Liga with only 16 points from 18 games. Their next match is away versus Sporting Gijon on January 23, as wins start to become a real necessity for the Madrigal outfit.


Atletico Madrid

13
Thibaut Courtois
Goalkeeper
2.50
20
Juanfran
Defender
3.00
2
Diego Godín
Defender
3.00
23
Miranda
Defender
2.50
3
Filipe Luis
Defender
80′
3.00
10
Arda Turan
Midfielder
59′ 63′
3.00
5
Tiago
Midfielder
62′
3.00
14
Gabi
Midfielder
2.50
21
Diego Ribas
Midfielder
71′ 80′ 85′
4.50
7
Adrián
Striker
40′ 79′
3.50
9
4.00

Villarreal

2.50
25
2.00
-
Ángel
Defender
2.00
2
1.50
17
2.00
3
Joan Oriol
Defender
2.00
11
2.00
20
2.50
20
Borja Valero
Midfielder
2.00
21
Soriano
Midfielder
2.00
10
Cani
Midfielder
78′
2.00
12
Nilmar
Striker

Substitutes

25
Sergio Asenjo
Goalkeeper
0.00
6
0.00
18
0.00
18
2.50
12
0.00
6
Koke
Midfielder
79′
2.50
9
Pizzi
Striker
85′
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
35
Diego Mariño
Goalkeeper
2.00
4
0.00
24
0.00
14
0.00
-
Marcos Senna
Midfielder
2.50
8
2.00
41
Joselu
Striker
78′

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0