Radamel Falcao scored on his return to Spanish football on Saturday, capping an impressive 3-0 home victory for his new side, Rayo Vallecano, against Madrid neighbors Getafe in La Liga. The 35-year-old former Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, AS Monaco and Porto striker only needed 10 minutes to take effect in his presentation in second period.
The Colombian grabbed a deep ball from Pathe Ciss and scored in the far corner in the 81st minute to score Rayo’s third after Oscar Trejo gave them the lead with a ninth-minute penalty and Ciss scored a header in the 78th. The victory took Rayo to seven points in five games, but left Getafe at the bottom of the standings without any points and increased the pressure on coach Michel.
“I am very happy and very grateful to these fans who have supported us so much,” Falcao told reporters. “I dreamed of coming on the pitch and scoring and my teammates encouraged me a lot.” Rayo coach Andoni Iraola added: “We all know what he can do in the box and we want to make the most of it and send the ball to Falcao in the box as much as possible.
“He came here with an attitude to help the team and fit in as early as possible. He trained really well and scored the goal that ended the game. We have to keep working with him.” Falcao joined Rayo as a free agent earlier this month after being forced out of Galatasaray due to the Turkish club’s financial woes.
He scored 52 La Liga goals in two seasons with Atletico between 2011 and 2013 during which he also helped the Madrid side win the Europa League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Copa del Rey.
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