Falcao is back, and the bizarre wedding of the megastar and the community club goes like a dream – The Athletic

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“We’re heading towards Venus, Venus, and we’re still standing …” “The final countdown” rang around Estadio Vallecas, as Rayo Vallecano players converged on goal scorer Radamel Falcao and visitors from Barcelona stared at the ground in panic, Falcao had done it again – his fourth La Liga goal since arriving on a surprise free transfer to Rayo last August. This one was perhaps the best yet, as he twisted and turned Gerard Pique before calmly placing an unstoppable low shot in the far corner.

A goal that ultimately led to the dismissal of Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman. There were a lot of doubts over the arrival of the 35-year-old Colombian at Vallecas as the last transfer made in the La Liga summer window. But they were quickly swept aside. His first goal for his new club came just 10 minutes and 24 seconds after his debut, against Getafe in mid-September. Four days later, he came off the bench again to score a 96th-minute game-winning goal at Athletic Bilbao, deftly recovering a free kick from former Manchester United winger Bebe. The following weekend he got back to it, with a poacher’s strike giving his side the advantage in a 3-1 home win over Cadiz. Hitting the winner against Barcelona, ​​even this version of the legendary club, was still something different. Estadio Vallecas rocked throughout the game, with the supporters of a team so used to suffering, enjoying one of the most memorable nights in a long, long time.

It’s also the best time Falcao himself has had in quite a while, and the bizarre marriage of the aging millionaire megastar and the community club who can never make ends meet sort of works like a dream. for both.


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