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Agüero's Atlético too hot for Schalke

Published: Thursday 28 August 2008, 0.50CET
Club Atlético de Madrid 4-0 Schalke 04 (agg: 4-1)
Sergio Agüero scored one and had a hand in three other goals as the Spanish club went through in style.
by Paul Bryan
from Madrid
Agüero's Atlético too hot for Schalke
Atlético's Sergio Agüero and Diego Forlán celebrate ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AtléticoSchalke

Goals scored4
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
1
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 28 August 2008, 0.50CET

Agüero's Atlético too hot for Schalke

Club Atlético de Madrid 4-0 Schalke 04 (agg: 4-1)
Sergio Agüero scored one and had a hand in three other goals as the Spanish club went through in style.

Club Atlético de Madrid striker Sergio Agüero kept his promise that the Spanish side would reach the UEFA Champions League group stage with a scintillating individual performance which helped his team to a 4-0 win over FC Schalke 04.

Agüero shines
Agüero opened the scoring on 22 minutes before second-half goals from Diego Forlán, Luis García and Maxi Rodríguez made sure the Rojiblancos advanced 4-1 on aggregate to attain the group stage for the first time since 1996/97. 

Argentinian opener
The result may have been emphatic, but Atlético started nervously and their captain Maxi Rodríguez had to seize the initiative. He released an ambitious volley after eight minutes before finding his way to the byline and attempting an unsuccessful cut-back for Agüero. Midway through the half, Forlán found space inside the Schalke area and although his shot beat goalkeeper Mathias Schober, Marcelo Bordon headed clear from the goalline. Luis Perea collected the loose ball on the right and crossed for the unmarked Agüero whose downward header bounced up off the upright and in.

Further ahead
The goal relaxed the hosts who almost went 2-0 up just after the half-hour when Agüero left the ball for Simão who rolled a shot back off the post. Not long after the restart Atlético did score their second and again Agüero was involved. His through ball in the 54th minute released Forlán who sprinted at the Schalke defence before jinking left and drilling a low effort across Schober. Schalke rallied but it was Atlético who almost shot themselves in the foot on two occasions – first John Heitinga then Perea frightened goalkeeper Leo Franco with some sloppy defending.

Game over
The Bundesliga outfit kept up the pressure with Fabian Ernst just failing to connect with Heiko Westermann's cross, before the latter had a close-range attempt saved by Franco. But it was not long before Atlético clinched their qualification and the star of the show helped conjure both goals. First Agüero crossed for Luis García to finish easily on 82 minutes. Then, four minutes later, he fed Simão who was upended in the box by Christian Pander – who was sent off for his troubles – and Maxi Rodríguez converted the penalty.

Last updated: 28/08/08 10.02CET

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Lineups

atlético

Atlético

schalke

Schalke

25
Leo FrancoLeo Franco (GK)
33
SchoberMathias Schober (GK)
15
HeitingaJohn Heitinga
2
WestermannHeiko Westermann
21
PereaLuis Perea
24
PanderChristian Pander
Red Card84
18
UjfalušiTomáš Ujfaluši
5
BordonMarcelo Bordon (C)
4
PerníaMariano Pernía
Yellow Card64
23
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
11
Maxi RodríguezMaxi Rodríguez (C)
Yellow Card66
Goal86
3
KobiashviliLevan Kobiashvili
Substitution66
8
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
8
ErnstFabian Ernst
Yellow Card31
16
ManicheManiche
Substitution74
10
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution89
20
SimãoSimão
13
JonesJermaine Jones
Yellow Card45
Substitution77
7
ForlánDiego Forlán
Goal50
Yellow Card50
Substitution72
19
Halil AltıntopHalil Altıntop
Yellow Card55
10
AgüeroSergio Agüero
Goal18
Substitution87
22
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi

Substitutes

1
CoupetGrégory Coupet (GK)
32
FährmannRalf Fährmann (GK)
2
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
11
LøvenkrandsPeter Løvenkrands
9
Luis GarcíaLuis García
Substitution72
Goal82
14
AsamoahGerald Asamoah
Substitution77
12
Paulo AssunçãoPaulo Assunção
Substitution74
18
RafinhaRafinha
Substitution66
Yellow Card88
14
Sinama PongolleFlorent Sinama Pongolle
Substitution87
20
KrstajićMladen Krstajić
Substitution89
19
De las CuevasMiguel de las Cuevas
21
GrossmüllerCarlos Grossmüller
22
Pablo IbáñezPablo Ibáñez
27
Vicente SánchezVicente Sánchez

Coach

Javier Aguirre (MEX) Fred Rutten (NED)

Referee

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Peter Hermans (BEL), Alex Verstraeten (BEL)

Fourth official

Benoni Burie (BEL)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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