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.
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.
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.
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.
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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