- Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski receives a super cute Christmas message from a little girl [Instagram]
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- Stoke’s Robert Huth is this year’s Scrooge, tweets “I hate Christmas”
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Falcao’s golazo the highlight as Atletico beat Valencia 4-2
Atletico Madrid 4 – Valencia 2 (Europa League semi-final 1st leg, April 19, 2012) (Longer highlights.) Atletico broke the deadlock in the all-Spanish affair when Radamel Falcao planted home a precision header from a deflected Turan cross. Valencia levelled on the stoke of halftime when Jonas tucked in a corner at the back post. Atletico regained their advantage through Miranda’s header from a Diego set-play, and Valencia were then caught dilly-dallying in middle of the half and Adrian broke three to put Atleti 3-1 up in 54th minute. Atletico placed one foot in the final with a killer fourth goal; Radamel Falcao scoring a solo wonder-goal n which he rounded two defenders before cracking a thunderbolt off under the bar. Deep into injury time Valencia bagged a lifeline as Ricardo Costa powered in a header from a Tino Costa delivery.
- Updated: April 19, 2012