Radamel Falcao scored three goals in the first half to lead Spain’s Atletico Madrid to a 4-1 victory over Champions League winner Chelsea in the Super Cup, European soccer’s traditional curtain raiser.
Falcao, a 26-year-old Colombian, stunned the English team with a clinical display of finishing at the Stade Louis II in Monte Carlo, beating goalkeeper Petr Cech in the 6th, 19th and 45th minutes for his second straight hat trick. The former Porto striker also found the net three times in Atletico’s 4-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league four days ago. Marca Miranda also scored.
It was the final Super Cup played in Monaco, the event’s home since it was established as a one-game meeting between the winners of Europe’s top two club competitions in 1998. Next year’s match will be played in Prague before moving to Cardiff.
Falcao had already struck the crossbar before lifting the ball over Cech and beyond David Luiz to open the scoring. He followed that with a curling effort into the top corner and then got his 38th goal in 40 European club competition matches by finishing off a counter attack just before halftime.
Miranda reaffirmed the Spanish team’s superiority in the second half with a chipped finish over Cech that Gary Cahill could only deflect into his own net. Cahill added a consolation goal with 15 minutes left.
While Falcao celebrated his efforts at end of the game it was a difficult evening for former Atletico captain Fernando Torres. The U.K.’s most expensive player said before the game he wouldn’t celebrate if he scored against the team he still supported, but never really threatened. Atletico fans honored him by chanting his name for about a minute after the game.