Porto 5-1 Villarreal: Falcao Hits Four To Sink The Yellow Submarine (Video)

Chris Wright

29th, April 2011


By Chris Wright


As if the world’s talent scouts weren’t already aware of his prodigious poaching talents, Porto’s top-scorer Radamel Falcao sent them all home with chattering teeth after coming out after the interval to blitz Villarreal with four second-half goals and leave his side with one foot comfortably entrenched in the Europa League final ahead of next week’s second leg at El Madrigal.

Trailing 1-0 at half-time after an abject defensive performance, Porto stormed back to win 5-1, with Falcao drawing them level from the spot, Freddy Guarin putting them 2-1 up at the second attempt and then the Colombian goal-machine returning to finishing off the rout in the 67th, 75th and 90th minute with an exemplary striker’s ‘hat-trick’.

Falcao is now the competition’s leading scorer with 15, thus equalling Jurgen Klinsmann’s all-time record.

In the night’s other semi-final, Benfica edged out Braga 2-1.