With 8 from 8 at the Vicente Calderón and the highest scoring record at home Atlético Madrid just keep on breaking records.
On Sunday night the Colchoneros comfortably beat Deportivo la Coruña in round 15 of the Liga BBVA to continue in the footsteps of Barcelona.
A goal from Diego Costa opened the scoring, but from there on it was a one man show as Radamel Falcao became the first player in ten years to score five goals in a single game in Spain’s top division.
In the past decade no team had suffered more defeats at the Vicente Calderón than Depor and in the last five confrontations in Madrid the Galicians had scored just a single goal, coming from the foot of Filipe Luis who now wears the colours of the home team.
The Blanquiazules knew beforehand that they were facing a tough task on Sunday, as they were missing several players in defence as well as Atlético loanee Pizzi. The heart of Depor’s defence was formed by Insúa and Roderick who combined are only 40 years of age.
Koke led the charge early on and fired the first shot of the game. Some minutes later his pass to Falcao had just too much power and it was collected by goalkeeper Aranzubia. In the early goings Depor weren’t shy going forward either and the 19-year old Insúa nearly headed in a corner.
A free kick by Koke was headed just wide by Diego Costa, who was unaware that Falcao was right behind him in an even better position to score. However, a handful of minutes later the Brazilian would be more fortunate. Koke’s perfect delivery from a corner kick was headed in by Diego Costa at the far post and the striker, who has been under so much scrutiny this week, scored the opening goal.
After the goal Bruna Gama shot wide and Juan Valerón hit the post. Atleti narrowly avoided an equalizer and immediately after Valerón’s effort the home side scored at the other end to double their lead. Koke’s beautifully weighed through pass was right in Radamel Falcao‘s path and the Colombian slotted it past Aranzubia.
Falcao could’ve made it three right after, but he was incorrectly flagged offside. However, he wouldn’t have to wait very long to strike again. Just before the break Arda Turan quickly brought the ball back in play from a throw in, and Falcao turned from his man and smashed it unstoppably into the far corner to make it 3-0.
It was the 25th goal in as many matches at the Vicente Calderón for Falcao, who has scored in all but one of Atlético’s home games this season.
After an hour of play Atlético picked up where they had left off before the break. After Insúa failed to clear a Juanfran cross, the ball was picked up by Falcao who was brought down by Roderick’s rash challenge. El Tigre himself stepped up for the spot kick and sent Aranzubia the wrong way.
Just five minutes later Falcao scored his fourth of the night. Adrián brought the ball forward and enabled Arda to score, but the Turk’s chip was deflected by Aranzubia and was going to be cleared off the goalline by a defender in blue and white. While risking his teeth, Falcao dove to the ball to head it into the back of the net before Jaure was able to clear it. It illustrated the Colombian’s hunger and desire that he would still pursue a goal even when already being four goals up.
Apparently the insatiable tiger’s appetite still wasn’t quite filled, because another sixty seconds later he pounced again. Falcao chased a loose ball and easily pushed Roderick out of his path, before faking his way past Insúa and beating Aranzubia again with a low drive.
With the goal Falcao became the first player since Fernando Morientes in 2002 to score five goals in a single La Liga match. Earlier on the night he had also set an Atlético club record for number of goals scored in the league in a calendar year. His 31 strikes shatter the previous high set by Forlán’s 28.
Amazingly Radamel didn’t miss a single shot, as he went five for five on a perfect night.
Line-up: Courtois; Juanfran, Cata Díaz, Godín, Filipe (“74 Manquillo); Koke, Gabi, Mario, Arda (“70 Raúl García); Diego Costa (“59) and Falcao.
Goals: 1-0 Diego Costa (“24); 2-0 Falcao (“29); 3-0 Falcao (“42); 4-0 Falcao p.k. (“64); 5-0 Falcao (“69); 6-0 Falcao (“71)