Last Updated: 11/05/12 3:28pm
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Well, that's it for another season of Europa League football. Atletico Madrid were clinical in the final, Bilbao toothless but full of desire, and both sides deserve credit for their runs to the final.
The referee blows for full time, and Madrid's players storm the pitch to congratulate match-winner Falcao and relish their second Europa League title in two years.
Munain for once gives it away - he looks a tired young man - but Bilbao win it back and Perez hits the bar from 25 yards with a powerful strike. Shame, they deserve a consolation for their efforts in this competition.
Falcao is lucky that the referee is in good spirits as a naughty foul sees Bilbao win a free kick, and the Columbian avoid a card. Diego comes off and Koke is on.
Madrid are showboating now, which is harsh on this tireless Bilbao side. Munain breaks through midfield but Miranda intercepts again.
To his immense credit, Munain is back up to launch another attack for Bilbao but it's futile now. He almost finds Llorente but Miranda deflects it to safety.
GOAL! DIEGO! It's another stunner out of absolutely nowhere. Bilbao are pressing but when they lose the ball, Diego is straight at their defence. Quick feet see him find space on his left side and he gives Iraizoz no chance by finishing in the bottom corner. Munain collapses in tears. Madrid go wild.
Perez crosses but Llorente is nowhere near it, however Munain finds Iraola, whose cross comes back to Perez, but he misses when attempting to strike it first time.
Another stunning Miranda clearance denies Munain and the Madrid defender has to clear again as Perez tries to find space.
Replays show that Courtois did make a save two or three minutes ago, when it looked like Godin had charged down a shot. Sterling stuff from the keeper as Bilbao build from the back again.
Munain bursts from midfield - he's not giving up yet - but just as he's bearing down on the Madrid defence he loses control and commits a foul in the process of trying to retain possession.
Lopez claims handball but the referee says no as Madrid pen Bilbao in their own half. 10 minutes to go and surely it's too late for Bilbao now.
Brilliant from Falcao who leaves Amorebieta standing, cuts inside to shoot, only to find his deflected shot hitting the post. So close to capping a faultless performance.
But Madrid do now take the chance to counter, Turan beating two men before an attempted lob comes to no good. Bilbao counter and two shots are charged down by the outstanding Godin.
Miranda stoops low to clear an Iraola cross as Bilbao utterly dominate, Madrid now happy to put 10 men behind the ball and leave Falcao isolated.
Munain does superbly once again - he doesn't deserve to be on the losing side - and eventually Susaeta's deflected shot goes wide for a corner which is punched clear by Courtois.
Llorente, who has been quiet, comes deep to get involved but his ball to Toquero is cut out and it's back to square one for Bilbao.
Perez goes into the book after Lopez breaks and is brought down on the edge of the area. Chance for Madrid to end this, but it's wasted by Gabi.
Bilbao are really pushing forward now but too often the final ball has been lacking. That's the case again as Munain crosses deep.
Munain puts Miranda under pressure and wins a throw for his side. He collects the ball and sets another attack in motion, Perez doing brilliantly to beat three men before it breaks to Marcos, who fires over.
However, Llorente comes within inches of nodding Bilbao level - he's unmarked, 10 yards out, but can't reach Iraola's cross. It comes out to Perez who should hit the target but fires over. That's the closest Bilbao have come but still Courtois doesn't have to make a save.
Again it's Munain who goes looking for space but after he finds Gomez the substitute's cross is poor and Courtois collects.
Bilbao refuse to try to use their height advantage and go short, wasting a fine chance to get a ball into the box. Madrid break with Diego but his ball is poor.
That's better as Gomez swings in a low cross with his left foot, which is deflected behind by Miranda for a corner.
Diego swings one in with pace but it's too high and Bilbao have a goal kick, taken quickly by Iraizoz.
Munain wins a free kick just inside the Atletico half and takes it himself, but Juanfran intercepts and Madrid break with Falcao on the left. He wins a free kick next to the corner flag.
It's scrappy now but Madrid won't care. Bilbao have less than 30 minutes to get two goals and force extra-time, but they've scarcely had a sniff and Courtois has had a comfortable evening.
Bielsa is angry at something, possibly the referee's refusal to give Bilbao a penalty as Susaeta goes down easily. Goal kick and the correct decision, no doubt about it.
Falcao is brought down but it's advantage Madrid as Lopez cuts in from the right, bending a shot just past the post. The referee goes back to book Amorebieta.
The referee plays advantage when Falcao is clipped and Gabi's cross eventually ends up behind for a goal kick.
Madrid still look comfortable here but Bilbao are starting to find a bit of space down the right. Iraola gives away a free kick though and it's a welcome rest for Atletico's defence.
Llorente almost finds space as Iraola clips a ball into the Madrid box, but Godin once again makes life hard for the Spanish striker and clears.
And Perez comes close to scoring with a cross that goes too far and almost catches Courtois off guard. From the resulting corner, the Madrid stopper punches clear.
Corner for Bilbao after Kasmirski is forced to clear. They've not made the most of their height advantage as yet and that's the case again as the corner fails to clear the first man. The second attempt does but Herrera blasts over.
Munain flicks it through to Llorente but he has no support and heads it through to the Madrid goalkeeper, who can clear at leisure.
This is really sloppy from Bilbao now and a stunning Falcao turn puts them under more pressure after Martinez gave it away. In the end, Gabi's long-range shot is straight into the arms of Iraizoz.
Munain - Bilbao's best player by some distance - wins a free kick but Diego nicks it back and plays in Turin, who loses out to Iraola in a foot race.
After a fast start to the half Bilbao are struggling and Lopez is almost through on goal, only for the linesman to correctly judge that he was centimetres offside.
Almost another stunning solo effort as Diego takes down a long free kick on his chest and pokes just wide.
Good ball from Turan but Falcao can't quite get there, with Marcos doing enough to keep him at arm's length.
Madrid go all the way back to Courtois, who is on the books at Chelsea and on tonight's performance will do well for them. Madrid break with Suarez but Amorebieta clears for a throw.
Godin hurts himself as he crashes to the floor having headed back to Courtois, but he's ok and play resumes with Bilbao on the ball.
Bilbao have started brightly and work space for a diagonal ball towards Llorente, but it's over his head and Madrid clear.
Almost a perfect start from Bilbao who win a corner after Miranda clears a Munain cross. The corner comes to nothing.
Whitley from Chicago passes along a couple of notes: "first, a personal one: This is my tenth season following club football and tenth UEFA Cup/Europa League final --each of which has been won by a side from either Iberia or a former Soviet Socialist Republic (Porto twice; Valencia; CSKA Moskva, Sevilla twice; Zenit St Petersburg; Shakhtar Dontetsk; and Atleti, plus whichever of the two Spanish sides wins tonite). Second: So I compared the team sheet from Atleti's appearance in the final two years ago against this one. Nobody who started for them against Fulham in 2010 started tonite, but three men did make the bench (Alvaro Dominguez, Paulo Assuncao, and Antonio Lopez; Eduardo Salvio was an eligible sub last time but did not appear, and he's on the bench for AM again tonite). Pretty remarkable for all of that turnover of personnel, but then one expects about as much from Spain."
Remember, you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet me @BenColeyGolf. Be swift, the teams will be back out inside 10 minutes.
Sky Bet make Atletico Madrid 1/12 to win inside 90 minutes and 1/33 to lift the trophy. Athletic Bilbao are 10/1 to lift the trophy, 25/1 to win inside 90 minutes, while the draw is 8s.
So, can Bilbao get back into this game? They've not been bad as such, they've just been outclassed. Madrid have defended perfectly, and attacked with conviction. Bilbao haven't done enough at the back, and haven't found the key to unlock this Atletic defence.
That's half-time, and it's a half that belongs to one man: Falcao. He's had two half-chances, scored with both, and those goals give Madrid a lead they look unlikely to relinquish.
Susaeta's ball is poor and the return ball by Iturraspe is straight to Courtois, who clears upfield.
It's almost a hat-trick for Falcao after he's played in thanks to a wonderful Diego pass. Falcao cuts in onto his right - neglecting to go down when just clipped - and fires over. Bilbao break quickly and win a corner.
Marcos does well to find space but a cross is punched clear by a confident Courtois, who came a long way for that and had to get there.
Diego's ball finds the head of Godin, but the referee thinks he fouled Iraizoz so it's respite for Bilbao, who need to get in and regroup.
Free kick for Madrid as Susaeta brings down Kasmirski just inside the Bilbao half. Madrid play it quickly and win another corner, again from Kasmirski's run.
Turan wins a corner for Madrid. Can they kill this off before the break? Not yet, as Diego's set-piece is cleared after a foul by Falcao.
Falcao momentarily looks like he's in trouble as he goes for a 50-50 with Amorebieta and accidentally ends up colliding with Bilbao's goalkeeper. The referee correctly rules that it's a foul, but nothing more.
Munain has been the bright spark for Bilbao and sets in motion a move that ends in Susaeta's attempt to find Llorente trickling behind as Madrid get men back quickly.
Llorente is caught offside and Madrid take their time with the free kick, eventually launching it long for Bilbao to clear with relative ease.
Susaeta's free kick is comfortably cleared by Lopez and Madrid look calm right now, as well they should.
Iraola crosses but his side win a free kick when Turan goes in too hard. They need to find Llorente and get back in this tie.
Diego works it left to Kasmirski but eventually Bilbao win a free kick as Madrid get too intricate. Can they respond? You'd have to say it looks unlikely.
There's a simple way to sum this game up so far. Two closely-matched sides separated by the brilliance of one man, who has had two sniffs and has scored two goals.
GOAL! FALCAO! He's right up there with the best, this man. Bilbao should clear the free kick but Godin's work sees the ball arrive back at Falcao's feet six yards out. He takes his time, turns, and finishes high into the Bilbao goal. Stunning.
Free kick on half-way once again but it's wasted by Bilbao and Madrid switch it wide to Juanfran, who is hauled down inside the Bilbao half as he tries to surge towards the corner flag.
Munain goes down under a challenge from Gabi and Bilbao have it back on half-way. Suárez intercepts before the ball again ends up with the influential Martinez.
Martinez launches a superb ball to Herrera, who chests down and puts in Marcos, but two Madrid defenders close the door.
Miranda blocks a weak Herrera shot and Madrid break, but Iturraspe does very well to take it off Falcao as he looked dangerous again.
Madrid do look a threat almost every time they go forward but Juanfran is tackled by Susaeta and Bilbao are back in command of the ball.
Bilbao are making hay down their right and almost do so again before Llorente's attempted through-ball is cut out by Godin, superb so far.
Amorebieta brings down Falcao on halfway but Bilbao quickly win it back once play is restarted and Marcos thinks he's won a corner after Godín blocked his cross, but the referee rightly gives a goal kick.
Another yellow, this time for Falcao after a foul on Iturraspe. He was late and caught the midfielder half-way up his shin, so that's a certain card.
Another Bilbao penalty claim after some delightful wing play on the right results in a squared ball towards Llorente, who goes down but tellingly doesn't appeal himself.
Good save from Courtois as Munain strikes from 25 yards. Madrid defenders are quick to get to the ball and clear.
Diego tries to pop one in the top corner a la Gianfranco Zola but it flicks the wall and Madrid have a corner, which Diego bends into the arms of Iraizoz.
Bilbao are camped 30 yards out but lost it and Madrid break. It's Falcao against four men and he does well before support arrives, and Diego wins a free kick 20 yards out.
After a brief disruption thanks to a pair of morons running onto the pitch, we're back underway with Bilbao in control of the ball again.
Bilbao are beginning to execute the diagonal balls that caused United problems. Iraola and Susaeta combine before a cross reaches Llorente, whose first-time volley is wide. His movement was superb.
Better from Bilbao who go down the right, Iturraspe crossing beyond Llorente in the end. Diego breaks and wins a free kick, which Madrid take quickly before Diego shoots wide from range.
Turin and Juanfran try to exchange passes but succeed only in giving Bilbao a throw. The game has slowed slightly since Madrid's frantic opening, with Atletico content to let Bilbao have the ball in their own half.
That corner comes to nothing and Diego clears. However, Bilbao attack again down the left before Juanfran makes a crucial tackle.
Martinez again tries to get Bilbao going and this time they do wonderfully well to engineer space through Munain, who delays his pass which costs them space but wins a corner.
Free kick for Madrid now as we endure a scrappy five minutes. It goes long to Turan but he can't bring the ball under control and Bilbao can clear.
Free kick for Bilbao as Suárez goes in heavy on Martínez. They play it across the back and into midfield but Madrid are organised and won't allow them time. It forces a mistake from Amorebieta and Madrid have a throw.
Bilbao have just started to settle and Miranda can't find Falcao with a ball over the top. We've just seen the replay of his goal, and Amorebieta should get closer, he really should. Bielsa won't be happy.
Susaeta curls in a good ball and Llorente wants a penalty as his header goes wide. He was held back by Godin and that's probably a penalty according to the rule book. Goal kick to Madrid it is.
Falcao is the second player ever to score in successive European finals. Ronaldo (rotund) was the other. Bilbao win a free kick 45 yards out.
Turan again streaks down the left but he gives away a free kick when Martinez steals the ball. Bilbao break but Marcos is offside.
Madrid probably deserved that. They've been lively from the off and that was the fourth time they'd worked it inside the Bilbao box. How will the Athletic youngsters respond?
GOAL! FALCAO! He's done it again. Falcao finds space just inside the Bilbao box. He's allowed time to work it onto his left and takes advantage, bending it past Iraizoz, who had no chance.
It's Muniaín who looks the most lively for Bilbao but his lobbed pass finds Courtois in the Madrid goal. Atletico break and Diego's spin allows him to shoot from eight yards out, but there's no power on it and Bilbao can clear.
Muniaín comes inside for space and he finds it, the ball eventually finding its way wide before Godin clears.
Free kick to Madrid as Gabi is brought down. It's curled in by Diego but Amorebieta is fouled when trying to clear. Good start by Atletico.
Madrid have the first chance as Turan dances towards the corner flag and crosses to Lopez, whose header is tamely wide.
Free-kick to Bilbao and it's played short in customary fashion. Martinez spreads it to Amorebieta but he gives it away and Madrid break.
I'll probably break my own rules in the excitement, but I've covered my back, as they often say in films. Here come the teams!
Let me get this out of the way now, too: I will hereafter be referring to Athletic Bilbao as 'Bilbao', and Atletico Madrid as 'Madrid'. I'm sure the reason is pretty self-explanatory but I don't want to go offending any of you die-hards.
The teams are in the tunnel. Bilbao are in green as they're the 'away' side, but this stadium is dressed in white and red.
If Atletico win inside the 90, they'll be the first side ever to win 12 consecutive European matches. What an achievement that would be.
I would love a 3-2 thriller Dan, I really would. Rarely do I get to watch a game in which I've no allegiance either way and I'm looking forward to it. Surely there's no chance of a turgid 0-0 affair, is there?
Next is Dan in Dublin, who writes: "I'm hoping for a few goals tonight, going for a Bilbao win, 3-2 AET, Llorente with a couple and Muniain, Falcao getting both for Atletico."
Mark is first to contribute and he says: "I've got some Spanish friends in the house, they seem to be sawing for Madrid. I'm going for a 3-1, Turan, Falco and Diego, with a Munian consolation."
Here's one for you: Bilbao are in the Copa del Rey final too. When last they were in that and a European final in the same year, they lost both. 25 years ago mind you.
They (Atletico) are more experienced - Bilbao's average age is only just over 23 - with winning form in the competition in the locker too, and should prove just the best in a tight game.
My opinion? Well since you asked, I do fancy Atletico to win this and I think they're a decent bet at the price. They've won their last 11 in the competition, beat Spanish rivals comfortably in the semi-finals, and beat Bilbao when last the sides met.
Our friends at Sky Bet make Atletico Madrid 13/10 favourites to win the game inside 90 minutes, with the draw 12/5 and Athletic Bilbao 2/1. Madrid are 4/5 to lift the trophy, with Bilbao evens.
Bilbao have struggled in La Liga of late. They're four points and four places behind Madrid with just three wins in 12. Atletico meanwhile can still grab a Champions League spot if they win at the weekend.
Going back to Falcao, he's scored 10 goals in the competition this year, which isn't a patch on the 17 he scored for Porto last season! One more goal and he'll be the competition's top scorer for the season - he's currently level with Schalke's Huntelaar.
Bilbao, though, have been stunning in making the final and have Llorente to cause damage. They were full value for their defeat of Manchester United and will be right up for this.
Madrid of course have the recent winning form having lifted the trophy two years ago, breaking Fulham hearts in the process, and Falcao can become the fifth player to a European competition in successive seasons for different clubs.
So, what do we think is going to happen? We'll see what the bookies reckon later, but for now email your thoughts to email@example.com or Tweet me @BenColeyGolf.
Kick-off at the National Arena in Bucharest is just over 40 minutes away. It's a stunning venue, and everything is set for a stunning final between two sides who've lit up the competition.
While Bilbao line-up as follows: Iraizoz, Aurtenetxe, Amorebieta, Iraola, Iturraspe, De Marcos, Herrera, Martinez, Llorente, Susaeta, Muniain subs: Raul, Jose, Ekiza, Perez, Toquero, Gabilondo, Gomez.
Here's the Atletico line-up: Courtois, Godin, Luis, Miranda, Suarez, Turan, Gabi, Lopez, Falcao, Juanfran, Diego subs: Asenjo, Lopez, Domínguez, Assuncao, Koke, Salvio, Martín.