Falcao steals show

Chelsea suffered UEFA Super Cup humiliation last night as Radamel Falcao showed them what might have been with a devastating hat-trick to help hand Atletico Madrid a crushing win.

The Blues looked anything but European champions in what was one of their most clueless performances since Roman Abramovich first began his quest for the greatest prize in club football.

The Russian also spent €100m this summer in a bid to ensure he would not have to wait another eight years for more Champions League glory.

But it was the one who got away who came back to haunt him on transfer deadline day this evening as former target Falcao took advantage of some inept defending and tactical naiveté to plunder a first-half treble, with Joao Miranda piling on the misery before Gary Cahill grabbed a consolation.

Falcao’s hat-trick was his second in four days and saw him completely outshine Fernando Torres, who endured a nightmare reunion with his boyhood idols just 24 hours after declaring his 18 months of hell was a thing of the past.

CHELSEA: Cech; Ivanovic; Cole (Bertrand 89), Luiz, Cahill, Ramires (Oscar 46); Lampard, Mikel, Hazard; Torres, Mata (Sturridge 81).

ATLETICO MADRID: Courtois; Godin, Filipe, Miranda, Mario Suarez; Jorge Koke (Raul Garcia 81), Turan, Fernandez Gabi, Juanfran; Adrian (Rodriguez 56’) , Falcao (Emre 87).

Referee: D Skomina (Slovakia).

More in this section


Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox