Round of 16, Second leg - 12/03/2008 - 21:00CET (21:00 local time) - Coliseum Alfonso Pérez - Getafe
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Albín fires Getafe into last eight

Published: Wednesday 12 March 2008, 23.25CET
Getafe CF 1-0 SL Benfica (agg: 3-1)
Albín's second-half took Getafe into the quarter-finals as their fairy-tale European debut continued.

Match statistics


Goals scored1
Total attempts8
on target2
off target6
against woodwork0
Yellow cards3
Red Cards0
Fouls committed13
Fouls suffered13


Published: Wednesday 12 March 2008, 23.25CET

Albín fires Getafe into last eight

Getafe CF 1-0 SL Benfica (agg: 3-1)
Albín's second-half took Getafe into the quarter-finals as their fairy-tale European debut continued.

Getafe CF's fairy-tale debut European campaign continued as Michael Laudrup's team defeated SL Benfica 1-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate to reach the UEFA Cup quarter-finals.

Makukula scare
The Spanish outfit started as strong favourites after a 2-1 success in Lisbon last week, but they were missing several key figures and almost went behind in the sixth minute when Benfica striker Ariza Makukula struck the post following some poor defending. That, however, proved to be the visitors' best chance, and Albín's goal ensured new Benfica coach Fernando Chalana endured a sobering start after replacing José Antonio Camacho earlier in the week.

Gavilán chances
After the scare when Makukula went close, Getafe were altogether more menacing and Jaime Gavilán twice threatened in the opening period. The winger first drew a fine save out of Quim on 27 minutes, then just before the break. Kepa Blanco's header found Gavilán in pace on the edge of the box, but the on-loan Valencia CF man sent his shot into the side-netting.

Katsouranis intervention
Laudrup's side looked increasingly comfortable and seemed the more likely scorers at the start of the second half. Manuel Tena saw his glancing header from Cosmin Contra's free-kick fly just over, before Albín had an attempted chip comfortably saved by Quim. The quicksilver Albín then had two great chances in quick succession to put Getafe ahead, but a superb last-ditch tackle from Konstantinos Katsouranis and miss by the Uruguayan allowed Benfica to breathe again.

Clinical finish
The visitors almost grabbed a lifeline in the 70th minute when Rui Costa latched on to a loose ball and fired in a left-footed volley that Pato did well to parry. Albín was handed another chance with 13 minutes remaining though, and this time he made no mistake with a clinical finish. Having skipped past the desperate challenge of Katsouranis, Albín coolly chipped Quim from outside the area to seal Getafe's passage.

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