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Atletico Madrid wins Europa League

2010-05-13 04:39:27 GMT2010-05-13 12:39:27 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Fulham's Clint Dempsey, left, and Atletico's Alvaro Dominguez, right, challenge for the ball during the soccer Europa League final between Atletico Madrid and FC Fulham in the arena in Hamburg, Germany, on Wednesday, May 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Atletico Madrid's players celebrate in front of Spain's Crown Prince Felipe (back C) and UEFA president Michel Platini after their Europa Leaguefinal match victory against Fulham in Hamburg, May 12, 2010. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)

UEFA president Michel Platini, center, hands over the trophy to players of Atletico Madrid after the soccer Europa League final between Atletico Madridand FC Fulham in the arena in Hamburg, Germany, on Wednesday, May 12, 2010. Atletico Madrid won by 2-1. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan forward Diego Forlan celebrates with the trophy after winning the final football match of the UEFA Europa League FulhamFC vs Aletico Madrid in Hamburg, northern Germany. Atletico won 2-1. (AFP/David Hecker)

BERLIN, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Atletico Madrid won the inaugural Europa League by beating Fulham 2-1 after extra time in the final at the Hamburg Arena here on Wednesday.

Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan scored the decisive goal in the 116th minute to give the Spanish side its first piece of top-level silverware since it won the domestic league and cup double in 1996.

Forlan had put Atletico ahead in the 32nd minute but Simon Davies equalised five minutes later for Fulham, who was seeking the first major honor in its 131-year history.

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