Atlético Madrid 4 Chelsea FC 1. A comprehensive victory in Monaco in the UEFA Super-Cup and the difference was? Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, who scored a first-half hat-trick, his second in a week. When Chelsea woke up from the nightmare, they were four goals down.
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Stade Louis II - Monaco, Friday 31/08/2012 Chelsea 1 (Cahill, 75), Atlético Madrid 4 (Falcao 6, 19, 45); Miranda 60). It was Falcao's second hat-trick in five days and this one gave Atlético Madrid the second UEFA Europa League Cup. Miranda put Atlético four goals ahead on the hour chipping over Petr Cech, before Gary Cahill got Chelsea's goal of honour with a quarter of an hour to play.
Atlético never gave Chelsea a chance. By 6', the Colchoneros could have been ahead but on 6', Falcao took Adrián López's pass and smacked the ball into the goal off the post from the corner of the penalty area. The wave continued. By the time Falcao added his second, Cech had already seen action twice, then Falcao buried Koke's pass in the top corner of the net.
And again, by the time Falcao added his third, converting Adrián's shot on the rebound, he had hit the post on 35', Cech had made a great save. In the second half, Miranda and Cahill scored, but Falcao had already done the damage.
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