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Nic Ladds 8th May 2012 - 9:24

Europa League Final Opta Facts

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Europa League Final Opta Facts

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  • This is the sixth all-Spanish final of a major European trophy and the second in the UEFA Cup/Europa League (after Sevilla vs Espanyol in 2006/07).
  • After this game there will have been more all-Spanish finals of major European trophies than any other country (Italy five, England two, Germany and Portugal one each).
  • Following this match, only Italy (9) will have produced more UEFA Cup/Europa League winners than Spain (7).
  • This is Atlético's sixth European final, they have won two of the five previously (excludes Intertoto Cup).
  • Atlético beat Fulham 2-1 in extra time in the 2010 Europa League final.
  • Eight sides have competed in two UEFA Cup/Europa League finals in three years, though only two (Real Madrid and Sevilla) have won both times.
  • Just four players (Perea, Domínguez, López and Assunção) from Atlético's starting XI in the 2010 final are still at the club (Raúl García is on loan at Osasuna).
  • This is only Athletic's second major European final: in 1976-77 they lost out on away goals to Juventus in a two-legged UEFA Cup final (2-2).
  • This will be the two sides' first meeting in Europe, and their first in a cup competition since the 1991/92 Copa del Rey (Atlético won 1-0 at home and 3-0 away).
  • The sides have met in the Copa del Rey final on three occasions: Atlético won the last 2-1 in 1985 but lost the two before that (1956 and 1921).
  • None of the last 13 meetings between the sides has ended in a draw (five wins for Athletic, eight for Atlético).
  • In each of the last five seasons, both sides have won exactly once against each other in each campaign.
  • Four of the Basque side's last six goals vs Atlético have been scored (three) or assisted (one) by Gaizka Toquero.
  • Fernando Llorente has only scored more goals against Valencia (7) than he has against Atlético (5) in La Liga.
  • Atlético have won their last 11 UEFA Cup/Europa League matches, the longest-ever run by a side in the competition (excluding qualifiers).
  • Atlético are currently tied with Ajax for the longest ever winning run in all European competitions (11 games, excluding qualifiers and Intertoto Cup).
  • The colchoneros are unbeaten in their last five meetings with fellow Spanish sides in Europe (W3 D2).
  • Athletic have won five of their last seven in the Europa League (D1 L1).
  • The Basque side conceded exactly twice in all four of their Europa League matches away from home after the group stage this season.
  • Athletic's only previous European meeting with a Spanish side saw them eliminate Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate in the quarter-finals of the 1976/77 UEFA Cup.
  • Fernando Llorente has been involved in eight goals (five goals, three assists) in his last seven appearances in the Europa League.
  • Only Lazio's Giuseppe Sculli averaged more touches in the opposition box per game (6.33) than Fernando Llorente this season (6.23).
  • Falcao (24) has had the most shots on target in the Europa League this season, while Llorente (41) has had the most shots overall.
  • Andoni Iraola (919) has attempted the most passes in the competition this season.
  • Falcao has scored 27 goals in 28 Europa League games, and five in his last five.
  • Diego (7) has made the most assists in the Europa League this season.
  • Atlético's Falcao (10) and Adrián (8) are two of the top three scorers in the competition this season (along with Huntelaar, 10 also).

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