Fulham's dream run in the Europa League ended tonight with a 2-1 loss to Atletico Madrid in the tournament's final. Uruguayan sensation Diego Forlan netted both goals for the Spanish squad, including a deflection-aided, game-winning goal in the 116th minute.

American Clint Dempsey came on for a hobbled Bobby Zamora in the 55th minute. Though he drew a couple late fouls to set up scoring opportunities in extra time, he couldn't find the net. Just by taking the field, however, Dempsey made history by becoming the first American to play in a European final.

Despite the loss, the English press is waxing poetic about Fulham's stunning run to the final.

Forlan, who hopes to lead Uruguay out of Group A at next month's World Cup, was sensational in Atletico's final five games of the tournament. He scored five goals, including his last two in extra time. In all competitions since March 21, Forlan, who has twice won La Liga's scoring title, scored nine goals in 13 games in which he played.

Forlan was given a yellow for taking his shirt off after his trophy-winning goal. Of course, he's done this before (watch :05 in for his stunning strike, then 1:00 in for some laughs). This time, he managed to get it back on. Hey, long sleeves can be tricky.

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Photo credit: AP File, 2009