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Contra attack leaves Bayern low

Published: Thursday 3 April 2008, 23.35CET
FC Bayern München 1-1 Getafe CF Substitute Cosmin Contra struck a last-minute leveller as Getafe earned a deserved first-leg draw in Munich.
by John Atkin
from Fußball Arena München

Match statistics

BayernGetafe

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
5
Attempts off target13
 
8
Corners7
 
3
Offsides3
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 3 April 2008, 23.35CET

Contra attack leaves Bayern low

FC Bayern München 1-1 Getafe CF Substitute Cosmin Contra struck a last-minute leveller as Getafe earned a deserved first-leg draw in Munich.

Substitute Cosmin Contra scored in the last minute as Getafe CF grabbed an invaluable 1-1 UEFA Cup quarter-final first-leg draw to leave FC Bayern München ruing their failure to convert a host of opportunities.

Missed opportunity
Luca Toni struck on 26 minutes to cap a fine start by Bayern, and though Getafe and their makeshift defence settled after some early nerves, this could easily have set Bayern on course for a bigger win. The goalscorer, Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger all squandered chances, however, and after Manu had headed against the upright, fellow substitute Contra equalised at the death – chipping adroitly over Oliver Kahn and two leaping defenders on the goalline. More Getafe heroics at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in seven days and they could claim a UEFA Cup semi-final place in their maiden season in Europe.

Bayern impetus
That would be some achievement by a team founded only in 1983, and some of their players began as if they could scarcely believe their club's progress over the last 25 years, with Getafe being pegged back right from the kick-off. The German hosts drove forward in numbers, looking to expose a back line shorn of Lucas Licht, Cata Díaz and captain Belenguer through injury and suspension, and it took committed last-ditch defending to keep them at bay.

Desperate defending
Indeed, only impressive blocks around the penalty spot denied Franck Ribéry and Schweinsteiger, while Manuel Tena resorted to more desperate measures when Toni sent Zé Roberto through – bringing down the midfielder just outside the box. It was all Bayern and it was not until the 20th minute that Esteban Granero, who will miss the second leg after collecting a yellow card, fashioned Getafe's first shot on goal which was charged down outside the area.

Mario chances
The relief was merely temporary. The Bundesliga leaders were soon in front through Toni's eighth goal of this UEFA Cup campaign, the Italian rising at the back post to nod in Schweinsteiger's right-wing corner. The goal greeted the start of snowfall at the Fußball Arena München, and Getafe could have been forgiven for thinking it was not their night. Yet Michael Laudrup's side responded well and could have been level by half-time, as the unlikely figure of Mario threatened twice. First his powerful header prompted a goalline clearance from the excellent Philipp Lahm, then on the cusp of half-time, the centre-back sprung the offside trap to meet Albín's free-kick but could not get enough purchase on his effort.

Casquero chance
The Primera División team were transformed, beginning the second period with real purpose and they should have restored parity within nine minutes. Ikechukwu Uche twisted and turned inside the box, working space for Javier Casquero to run into and, eight metres out, fire over the bar. Bayern have lost just once in 15 matches against Spanish opposition in the Bavarian capital, though, and soon reasserted their dominance. Yet first Toni, then Schweinsteiger, failed to take advantage when Ottmar Hitzfeld's men had a clear numerical advantage on the counterattack. Contra would punish them in style.

Last updated: 08/04/08 17.29CET

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Lineups

bayern

Bayern

getafe

Getafe

1
KahnOliver Kahn (GK) (C)
1
UstariOscar Ustari (GK)
3
LúcioLúcio
5
MarioMario
Yellow Card4
6
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
10
De la RedRubén de la Red
Yellow Card90+3
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
16
AlbínAlbín
9
ToniLuca Toni
Yellow Card5
Goal26
Substitution80
18
Uche Ikechukwu Uche
Substitution68
11
PodolskiLukas Podolski
19
SignorinoFranck Signorino
15
Zé RobertoZé Roberto
21
CortésDavid Cortés
17
Van BommelMark van Bommel
Substitution86
22
CasqueroJavier Casquero
Substitution73
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm
23
Manuel TenaManuel Tena (C)
Yellow Card5
23
JansenMarcell Jansen
Substitution81
24
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
25
GraneroEsteban Granero
Yellow Card34
Substitution78

Substitutes

22
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
13
AbbondanzieriPato Abbondanzieri (GK)
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
2
ContraCosmin Contra
Substitution78
Goal90
16
OttlAndreas Ottl
Substitution86
6
CelestiniFabio Celestini
Substitution73
18
KloseMiroslav Klose
Substitution80
7
Mario CoteloMario Cotelo
20
SosaJosé Sosa
8
GavilánJaime Gavilán
30
LellChristian Lell
Substitution81
9
BraulioBraulio
39
KroosToni Kroos
14
ManuManu
Substitution68

Coach

Ottmar Hitzfeld (GER) Michael Laudrup (DEN)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Darren Cann (ENG), Michael Mullarkey (ENG)

Fourth official

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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