Atlético: Courtois; Juanfran,
Godín, Cata Díaz, Filipe Luis (Manquillo 73); Mario
Suárez, Gabi; Koke, Diego Costa (Adrián 58'), Arda Turan
(Raúl García 69'); Falcao. 4-2-3-1.
Deportivo: Aranzubia; Laure, Roderick, Pablo Insúa, Ayoze; Abel Aguilar, Alex Bergantiños; Bruno Gama, Valerón (André Santos 71'), Camuñas (Salomao 64'); Riki (Bodipo 77'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 23. Diego Costa. Got above defence to head Koke corner in on far post.
2-0. 28. Falcao. Ran on to Koke pass and struck angled shot past Aranzubia.
3-0. 42. Falcao. Picked up Turan's throw-in and lashed shot across keeper.
4-0. 64. Falcao (penalty). After Roderick tripped Falcao inside penalty area.
5-0. 67. Falcao. Headed in rebound near to goal after keeper saved from Turan.
6-0. 71. Falcao. Won ball on left of area and cut back past markers to score.
Yellow cards: Camuñas 17', Alex Bergantiños 40'.
Atlético Madrid striker Falcao tore Deportivo apart on Sunday evening, scoring no less than five goals in a 6-0 victory which keeps Simeone's side within six points of leaders Barcelona in the table, and leaves Depor at the bottom of the pack. The Galicians did actually have the better of the opening minutes however, with Bruno Gama in particularly going close, and although Diego Costa headed in Koke's corner to open the scoring, Valerón headed against the upright minutes later. But after that it was the Falcao show, the Colombian forward picking up Koke's pass to make it two, and then collecting Turan's quick throw-in before thrashing a shot past Aranzubia. The second half started with Falcao completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Roderick tripped him up inside the area, and after that he went on to score two more, throwing himself forward to head the ball over the line after Aranzubia had pushed up a shot from Turan, and saving the best for last when he cut back from the by-line before turning a shot past the desperate keeper. Five of the best, and although Messi did achieve that in the Champions League last season, nobody has done that in La Liga since Real Madrid's Morientes clocked up a "manita" against Las Palmas some ten years ago.