September 20, 2012
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13:00 EDT, September 20, 2012
Referee: P van Boekel
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Holders romp to victory
#INSERT type:image caption: Diego Costa scores for Atletico Madrid against Tel Aviv END# Atletico Madrid made a confident start to their defence of the Europa League title with a comfortable 3-0 win in Israel in their first-ever meeting with Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Even without the prolific Radamel Falcao, fresh from his hat-trick in his side's 4-1 win over Chelsea in the Super Cup last month, the Spaniards had too much class for their hosts, who qualified for the competition thanks to their success in this year's Israeli State Cup.
Hapoel went into the game on the back of five straight wins, conceding just one goal in the process, but they had no answer to the all-round skill of Atletico, who have now won 14 consecutive matches in European competition since a 2-0 defeat at Udinese in last season's group stage.
The danger signs were in evidence from the 12th minute when a brilliant header by Diego Costa from 18 yards out went over the bar.
Tel Aviv goalkeeper Edel Apoula kept his side in the game with saves from Raul Garcia and Diego Costa while Toto Tamuz had the best chance in the first half for the home side when his volleyed left-footed strike from the right-hand side of the penalty area went wide.
The visitors' pressure paid off on 37 minutes when Cristian Rodriguez unleashed an unstoppable 20-yard strike from just outside the area that beat Apoula and flew into the top right-hand corner.
Three minutes later Adrian Lopez found Diego Costa with a neat pass and the 23-year-old striker rounded the goalkeeper before tapping the ball into an empty net to double the holders' lead.
Any hope the home side had of getting back into the match was ended on 62 minutes when Raul Garcia timed his run perfectly to lose his marker and met Emre Belozoglu's corner with his right foot to score the visitors' third goal.
Hapoel had Mor Shushan and former Fulham and Leicester player John Pantsil booked for unsporting behaviour, along with the visitors' Silvio.
|Hapoel Tel-Aviv||Atletico Madrid|
|30 Edel Apula Edima Bete||1 Sergio Asenjo|
|44 John Pantsil||15 Domingo|
|4 Mor Shushan||18 Daniel Díaz|
|20 Igal Antebi||17 Silvio|
|19 Eric Djemba-Djemba||23 Miranda|
|10 Walid Badir||21 Belozoglu Emre|
|99 Toto Tamuz||8 Raúl García|
|14 Gil Vermot||4 Mario Suárez|
|5 Hanan Maman||11 Cristian Rodriguez|
|32 Martins Bruno Coutinho||19 Diego Costa|
|12 Tal Ben Haim||7 Adrián|
|1 Boris Klaiman||Thibaut Courtois 13|
|7 Eliran Danin||Pulido 12|
|17 Zeev Haimovich||Javi Manquillo 26|
|15 Salim Toama||Francisco Juanfran 20|
|11 Alroey Cohen||Koke 6|
|9 Victor Merey||Saúl Ñíguez Esclapez 28|
|16 Omer Damari||Pedro Martín 27|
|Salim Toama for Martins Bruno Coutinho (58)||Koke for Adrián (68)|
|Victor Merey for Toto Tamuz (69)||Francisco Juanfran for Cristian Rodriguez (74)|
|Alroey Cohen for Gil Vermot (75)||Saúl Ñíguez Esclapez for Diego Costa (78)|
|Mor Shushan (50)||Diego Costa (68)|
|Eric Djemba-Djemba (67)||Silvio (68)|
|John Pantsil (87)|
|· Rosters: Hapoel Tel-Aviv | Atletico Madrid|