Outstanding Europa League Final 2009/2010 Atletico Madrid – Fulham
The Europa League is a relatively young tournament, but it can already impress with outstanding finals. The Europa League games are watched annually by millions of football fans around the world, and today score football is especially popular on sports statistics websites.
Italian football teams lead in the UEFA Cup. The Cup has gone to the Apennine Peninsula nine times. Inter Milan and Juventus FC won it three times. Parma has won the UEFA Cup twice and Napoli once. Since the moment this tournament was renamed the Europa League, teams from another peninsula – the Iberian Peninsula – have won it the most. So far, a team from Spain or Portugal has played in each of the five finals. Here is one of the most outstanding Europa League finals.
Quique Sanchez Flores’ team advanced to the Europa League, finishing third in the group of the Champions League. In the 1/16 finals, this team faced Galatasaray FC from Istanbul, and got a win with a score of 3:2. In fact, the team advanced in all the subsequent stages due to scoring more goals in away matches. In 1/8, after the game against Atletico Madrid Sporting Lisbon had to say goodbye to Europa League; in 1/4 they overcame Valencia FC, and in the semifinals – Liverpool FC. Extra time played a decisive role in advancing to the final. Many different players played for Atletico Madrid, namely:
- John Heitinga;
- Tomáš Ujfaluši;
- Paulo Assunção;
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The team from London played against CSKA Sofia, Basel and Roma at the group stage of the Europa League. Roma took the first place in the group, but Fulham finished second, which gave them the opportunity to advance to the next stage. At this stage Fulham got a win on aggregate over Shakhtar Donetsk, the team that won the UEFA Cup the previous season. In 1/8 they got a 5-4 win over Juventus FC. Fulham had to knock out two more German teams to reach the final. In the quarterfinals they won 3:1 against Wolfsburg, and 2:1 in the semi-finals against Hamburg.
The final took place on May 12, 2010 in Hamburg. The team from Madrid was the dominant side throughout the match, which can be confirmed by today’s scores of football. The Spaniards had 20 shots on target, while the British – only 2. Despite this, after 90 minutes there was a 1:1 draw. The goals were scored by Diego Forlan and Simon Davis. It took extra time to determine the winner, during which Diego Forlan scored the decisive goal in the 116th minute. The first cup for the victory in the Europa League went to Madrid.