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Brilliant Blanco earns AEK draw

Published: Wednesday 13 February 2008, 22.45CET
AEK Athens FC 1-1 Getafe CF Ismael Blanco climbed off the bench to salvage a last-gasp draw for the Greek outfit after a thrilling finish.
Brilliant Blanco earns AEK draw
Rivaldo vies with Getafe's Fabio Celestini ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AEKGetafe

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
3
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners3
 
2
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed13
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 13 February 2008, 22.45CET

Brilliant Blanco earns AEK draw

AEK Athens FC 1-1 Getafe CF Ismael Blanco climbed off the bench to salvage a last-gasp draw for the Greek outfit after a thrilling finish.

Ismael Blanco climbed off the substitutes' bench to salvage a 1-1 draw for AEK Athens FC deep into added time as the coach-less Greek side kept themselves in contention against Getafe CF at the OACA Spyro Louis Stadium.

Late drama
AEK's preparations for the first instalment of this UEFA Cup Round of 32 tie were severely hampered by the departure of coach Lorenzo Serra Ferrer last night. Former AEK player Nikolaos Kostenoglou temporarily stepped into the breach, and looked to be heading for disappointment when De la Red gave the visitors a deserved lead with just four minutes remaining. Yet Blanco had other ideas and in the fourth minute of stoppage time he showed superb improvisation, controlling Mohamed Kallon's knock-down before back-heeling into the bottom corner.

Casquero pivotal
It means AEK will travel to Spain on 21 February with European aspirations still very much intact, but Getafe will not be cowed after bossing much of the game as Javier Casquero dictated things from midfield. The former Sevilla FC midfielder was the one ray of light in an anaemic first half, and his blistering long-range effort forced a fine save from Moretto after just three minutes. It was a promising start but the visitors had to wait until seven minutes from half-time before carving out another noteworthy chance, Casquero firing well wide after being sent through on goal.

AEK respond
Aside from a 19th-minute Pantelis Kafes effort, the home team had offered little in reply but improved after the break and Rivaldo should have opened the scoring soon after the restart but instead blazed over from close range. Manú sliced another effort over later in the half, though it was Getafe who were enjoying most of the possession, and finally broke through when De la Red slotted in after Nsaliwa Tamanda could only divert a dangerous cross into his path. There was still time for Blanco to have the last word, though.

Last updated: 14/02/08 0.18CET

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Lineups

aek

AEK

getafe

Getafe

32
MorettoMoretto (GK)
13
AbbondanzieriPato Abbondanzieri (GK)
5
DellasTraianos Dellas (C)
2
ContraCosmin Contra
15
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
3
Cata DíazCata Díaz
3
ArruabarrenaRodolfo Arruabarrena
4
BelenguerDavid Belenguer (C)
8
NsaliwaTamandani Nsaliwa
19
SignorinoFranck Signorino
Yellow Card42
16
ZikosAkis Zikos
Yellow Card72
6
CelestiniFabio Celestini
1
KafesPantelis Kafes
8
GavilánJaime Gavilán
Substitution61
7
PappasCharilaos Pappas
Substitution82
22
CasqueroJavier Casquero
Substitution68
10
RivaldoRivaldo
9
BraulioBraulio
11
ManducaGustavo Manduca
Substitution66
18
Uche Ikechukwu Uche
Substitution78
33
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
Substitution75
24
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
Yellow Card54

Substitutes

84
ArabatzisGiannis Arabatzis (GK)
1
UstariOscar Ustari (GK)
19
LagosPanagiotis Lagos
5
MarioMario
77
BlancoIsmael Blanco
Substitution82
Goal90+3
10
De la RedRubén de la Red
Substitution68
Goal86
88
TőzsérDániel Tőzsér
12
LichtLucas Licht
20
ManúManú
Substitution66
14
ManuManu
Substitution78
23
KallonMohamed Kallon
Substitution75
16
AlbínAlbín
4
Geraldo AlvesGeraldo Alves
21
CortésDavid Cortés
Substitution61

Coach

Nikolaus Kostenglou (GRE) Michael Laudrup (DEN)

Referee

Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Assistant referees

Claude Martinez (FRA), David Benech (FRA)

Fourth official

Lionel Jaffredo (FRA)

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