Getafe CF and Odense BK's hopes of qualifying from UEFA Europa League Group H are over following a 1-1 draw in Denmark.
Getafe long seemed destined to take all three points – and keep their hopes in the section alive – courtesy of Pedro Ríos' 17th-minute opener but were pegged back by Hans Henrik Andreasen's sucker punch in the second minute of added time. BSC Young Boy's dramatic 4-2 victory against section leaders VfB Stuttgart means it is those two teams who are now assured of reaching the round of 32.
Considering the nature of a contest that both sides could ill afford to lose, the opening exchanges proved surprisingly open. Míchel's men appeared unperturbed by sub-zero temperatures inside the Odense Stadion and stuck admirably to a passing game.
Odense, in contrast, sat back, seemingly content to allow their visitors to dictate possession. With Albín and Ríos at the heart of some dynamic interplay, Roy Carroll had to be on his guard to keep the scores level. The Spanish side's dominance was rewarded on 17 minutes, however, Ríos meeting Mané's cross with an expertly placed header.
OB responded positively to the early setback, with lively striker Henrik Toft forcing a good save from Getafe keeper Oscar Ustari. Minutes later Getafe were centimetres from extending their advantage as Miku failed to connect with Ríos's cross when the goal was gaping.
The second half proved far more cagey, with the best opportunity falling to substitute Andreas Johansson, whose header looked sure to find the corner only to be thwarted by Ustari. Just as Getafe thought the game was theirs, Andreasen raced on to Kalilou Traoré's cutback and drilled into the top right-hand corner.
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