VIDEO: Plucky Fluham fall to Forlan as Atletico Madrid win the Europa League

Atletico Madrid 2 – Fulham 1 (AET) (Europa League final, May 12, 2010) Fulham were fortunate not to fall behind after 10 minutes, Danny Murphy’s loose pass in midfield was snapped up by Aguero who freed strike-partner Diego Forlan down the left but he could only strike the foot of the post. After 30 minutes of Atleti bossing the game the Rojiblancos finally moved ahead when Ageuro’s effort on target was diverted by Diego Forlan, wrongfooting Schwarzer in the Fulham net. Atletico then lived up to their consistent inconsistent reputation managing to throw away their lead inside six minutes, Zamora burst into the box with the ball eventually falling to Gera on the right, he crossed to the back stick and Simon Davies whipped a perfect low volley into the net. The second half ended in stalemate with Atletico never looking like they were real able to break down the Cottagers and their frustration played out with Kun Aguero took a dive in injury time as he looked for a penalty. With the match looking destined for penalties, in the 115th minute Aguero scampered to keep the ball in play on the left, he then play a low cross into Diego Forlan and the Uruguayan hitman got a neat flick ahead of Hangeland to direct the ball into the far post.

Trophy presentation here and Roy Hodgson’s post match interview here.