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2012 UEFA Europa League Final
2012 UEFA Europa League Final
Event2011–12 UEFA Europa League
Date9 May 2012
VenueArena Națională, Bucharest
Man of the MatchRadamel Falcao (Atlético Madrid)
RefereeWolfgang Stark (Germany)
Attendance52,347
WeatherCloudy
15 °C (59 °F)
100% humidity
2011
2013

The 2012 UEFA Europa League Final was the final match of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League, the 41st season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA (after the UEFA Champions League), and the 3rd season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League. The match was played on 9 May 2012 at the Arena Națională in Bucharest, Romania, and was contested between two Spanish sides – Atlético Madrid and Athletic Bilbao. The match ended with Atlético Madrid winning 3–0, with Radamel Falcao scoring two goals and Diego scoring another.

The winners earned the right to play against Chelsea, the winners of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup.

Venue

The Arena Națională was announced by UEFA as the venue of the 2012 final on 30 January 2010. This was the first final of a European football club competition hosted by Romania.

The stadium was built on the site of the former national stadium, and opened on 6 September 2011 with a UEFA Euro 2012 Group D qualifier match between Romania and France.

Background

2012 Europa League Final

The final was preceded by an opening ceremony.

This was the second consecutive Europa League final contested by two teams from the same nation, and the ninth time overall (including UEFA Cup). The only other all-Spanish final of UEFA's second club competition was the 2007 UEFA Cup Final, when Sevilla defeated Espanyol. That was also the last final where both finalist teams had played only in the UEFA Cup/Europa League in their routes to the final (rather than dropping down from the UEFA Champions League, either after the early knockout rounds or after the group stage).

Both teams have played in one previous Europa League/UEFA Cup final. Atlético Madrid won the first Europa League final after its renaming in 2010, beating Fulham 2–1 after extra time. Athletic Bilbao lost in 1977 to Juventus on away goals after the tie finished 2–2 on aggregate. The two teams have never met in European competition before. They have met each other in three Copa del Rey finals, with Athletic Bilbao winning two and Atlético Madrid winning one. In the 2011–12 La Liga season, Athletic Bilbao won their home fixture 3–0 and Atlético Madrid won their home fixture 2–1.

After losing to Udinese on 20 October 2011, Atlético Madrid went on a run of 11 straight victories to the final, a record in the European football, winning their remaining group games to top their group and then defeating four knockout opponents both home and away.

Road to final

Flag of Spain Atlético Madrid Round Flag of Spain Athletic Bilbao
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Qualifying phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Flag of Norway Strømsgodset 4–1 2–1 (H) 2–0 (A) Third qualifying round Bye
Flag of Portugal Vitória Guimarães 6–0 2–0 (H) 4–0 (A) Play-off round Flag of Turkey Trabzonspor n/a 0–0 Cancelled
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
Scotland Celtic 2–0 (H) Matchday 1 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 2–1 (A)
Flag of France Rennes 1–1 (A) Matchday 2 Flag of France Paris Saint-Germain 2–0 (H)
Flag of Italy Udinese 0–2 (A) Matchday 3 Flag of Austria Red Bull Salzburg 2–2 (H)
Flag of Italy Udinese 4–0 (H) Matchday 4 Flag of Austria Red Bull Salzburg 1–0 (A)
Scotland Celtic 1–0 (A) Matchday 5 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 2–1 (H)
Flag of France Rennes 3–1 (H) Matchday 6 Flag of France Paris Saint-Germain 2–4 (A)
Group I winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Spain Atlético Madrid 6411114+713
Flag of Italy Udinese 623167−19
Scotland Celtic 613267−16
Flag of France Rennes 6033510−53
Final standings Group F winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Spain Athletic Bilbao 6411118+313
Flag of Austria Red Bull Salzburg 6312118+310
Flag of France Paris Saint-Germain 631287+110
Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 6015411−71
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Flag of Italy Lazio 4–1 3–1 (A) 1–0 (H) Round of 32 Flag of Russia Good One Lokomotiv Moscow 2–2 (a) 1–2 (A) 1–0 (H)
Flag of Turkey Beşiktaş 6–1 3–1 (H) 3–0 (A) Round of 16 England Manchester United 5–3 3–2 (A) 2–1 (H)
Germany Hannover 96 4–2 2–1 (H) 2–1 (A) Quarter-finals Germany Schalke 04 6–4 4–2 (A) 2–2 (H)
Flag of Spain Valencia 5–2 4–2 (H) 1–0 (A) Semi-finals Flag of Portugal Sporting CP 4–3 1–2 (A) 3–1 (H)

Pre-match

Ticketing

Bilbao fans

Athletic Bilbao fans in Bucharest before the match

The two finalist teams received 9,000 tickets each for distributing to their supporters. 20,000 tickets have been sold to local football fans with a further 3,000 tickets available for sale to fans worldwide via UEFA.com, with prices between 100 RON and 500 RON. The remaining tickets are allocated to the local organising committee, UEFA’s 53 national football associations, and commercial and broadcast partners.

Ambassador

Former Romanian player Miodrag Belodedici was named as the ambassador for the final.

Match

Details

9 May 2012
21:45 EEST
Atlético Madrid Flag of Spain 3–0 Flag of Spain Athletic Bilbao Arena Națională, Bucharest
Attendance: 52,347
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)
Falcao Soccerball 7'34'
Diego Soccerball 85'
Report
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Atlético Madrid
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Athletic Bilbao
GK 13Belgium Thibaut Courtois
RB 20Flag of Spain Juanfran
CB 2 Flag of Uruguay Diego Godín
CB 23Brazil Miranda
LB 6 Brazil Filipe Luís
CM 4 Flag of Spain Mario Suárez
CM 14Flag of Spain Gabi (c)
RW 22Brazil Diego Sub off 90'
AM 7 Flag of Spain Adrián Sub off 88'
LW 11Flag of Turkey Arda Turan Sub off 90+3'
CF 9 Flag of Colombia Radamel Falcao Yellow card 26'
Substitutes:
GK 25Flag of Spain Sergio Asenjo
DF 3 Flag of Spain Antonio López
DF 18Flag of Spain Álvaro Domínguez Sub on 90+3'
MF 8 Flag of Argentina Eduardo Salvio Sub on 88'
MF 12Brazil Paulo Assunção
MF 19Flag of Spain Koke Sub on 90'
FW 41Flag of Spain Pedro Martín
Manager:
Flag of Argentina Diego Simeone
Atlético Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao 2012-05-09
GK 1 Flag of Spain Gorka Iraizoz
RB 15Flag of Spain Andoni Iraola (c)
CB 24Flag of Spain Javi Martínez
CB 5 Flag of Venezuela Fernando Amorebieta Yellow card 64'
LB 3 Flag of Spain Jon Aurtenetxe Sub off 46'
RM 21Flag of Spain Ander Herrera Yellow card 22' Sub off 63'
CM 8 Flag of Spain Ander Iturraspe Sub off 46'
LM 10Flag of Spain Óscar de Marcos
RW 14Flag of Spain Markel Susaeta Yellow card 90+1'
LW 19Flag of Spain Iker Muniain
CF 9 Flag of Spain Fernando Llorente
Substitutes:
GK 13Flag of Spain Raúl
DF 6 Flag of Spain Mikel San José
MF 11Flag of Spain Igor Gabilondo
MF 17Flag of Spain Iñigo Pérez Yellow card 75' Sub on 46'
MF 23Flag of Spain Borja Ekiza
FW 2 Flag of Spain Gaizka Toquero Sub on 63'
FW 28Flag of Spain Ibai Gómez Sub on 46'
Manager:
Flag of Argentina Marcelo Bielsa

Man of the Match:
Flag of Colombia Radamel Falcao (Atlético Madrid)

Assistant referees:
Jan-Hendrik Salver (Germany)
Mike Pickel (Germany)
Fourth official:
Stéphane Lannoy (France)
Additional assistant referees:
Florian Meyer (Germany)
Deniz Aytekin (Germany)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions

Statistics

First half
Atlético Madrid Athletic Bilbao
Goals scored 2 0
Total shots 6 5
Shots on target 2 1
Saves 1 0
Ball possession 40% 60%
Corner kicks 3 2
Fouls committed 17 8
Offsides 0 2
Yellow cards 1 1
Red cards 0 0

Second half
Atlético Madrid Athletic Bilbao
Goals scored 1 0
Total shots 9 11
Shots on target 4 2
Saves 2 3
Ball possession 42% 58%
Corner kicks 0 6
Fouls committed 8 6
Offsides 2 1
Yellow cards 0 3
Red cards 0 0

Overall
Atlético Madrid Athletic Bilbao
Goals scored 3 0
Total shots 15 16
Shots on target 6 3
Saves 3 3
Ball possession 41% 59%
Corner kicks 3 8
Fouls committed 25 14
Offsides 2 3
Yellow cards 1 4
Red cards 0 0
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See also

External links

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