Athletic Bilbao were easily pushed aside by Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon on Monday night, thanks to Radamel Falcao’s hat-trick.

The Colombian striker was in inspired form for this encounter between last season’s Europa League finalists.

A spin and neat finish for his first goal was soon followed by a far-post hooked finish to send Atleti in 2-0 up at the break.

Into the second half, the No 9 drew a handball from an Athletic defender inside the penalty area, before dispatching the resulting spot-kick himself for a third of the night.

Falcao’s replacement Tiago Mendes then added an emphatic fourth with five minutes to play.

Atletico Madrid 4-0 Athletic Bilbao match details.

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