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Getafe's debut run goes on

Published: Thursday 21 February 2008, 23.30CET
Getafe CF 3-0 AEK Athens FC (agg: 4-1) Getafe's impressive European debut went on after Esteban Granero, Cosmin Contra and Braulio took them through.
Getafe's debut run goes on
Braulio (left) takes the plaudits after Getafe's third goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GetafeAEK

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
2
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners8
 
6
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
18
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 21 February 2008, 23.30CET

Getafe's debut run goes on

Getafe CF 3-0 AEK Athens FC (agg: 4-1) Getafe's impressive European debut went on after Esteban Granero, Cosmin Contra and Braulio took them through.

Getafe FC's impressive European debut season goes on after a first-half Esteban Granero goal and late strikes from Cosmin Contra and Braulio ensured their smooth passage into the UEFA Cup Round of 16.

Benfica tie
Having topped a strong group in the previous stage and drawn 1-1 at AEK Athens FC in the first leg of this tie, Getafe had reasons for confidence and although Granero put them ahead at half-time it was only with eight minutes left that Contra's penalty really gave them a cushion. A meeting with SL Benfica is Getafe's reward.

Granero strikes
Michael Laudrup's side were put under plenty of pressure by AEK early on but both Granero and De la Red had good chances, though they shot over. Rivaldo, a central figure in all of AEK's best attacking play, also had a shot blocked as both sides pressed for the all-important first goal, and it arrived just before half-time as Granero headed in Contra's curling right-wing cross at the far post.

Moretto saves
Now Getafe were gaining in confidence and four minutes into the second half De La Red's stinging drive was pushed wide by AEK goalkeeper Moretto. At the other end Panagiotis Lagos got forward well on 53 minutes, but saw his shot blocked by Mario on the edge of the area. Most of the play was breaking down in midfield at this stage and neither side threatened until the latter stages of the match, when Granero rattled the bar with a free-kick on 81 minutes.

Win sealed
A minute later, Getafe doubled their lead when Granero was fouled in the box by Nsaliwa Tamanda and Contra coolly slotted in from the penalty spot. Within a couple of minutes Laudrup's side wrapped up the victory as Braulio smashed the ball in from close range after Contra had miscontrolled Lucas Licht's low cross from the byline.

Last updated: 22/02/08 12.28CET

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