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Getafe ride out Young Boys storm

Getafe CF 1-0 BSC Young Boys
The hosts took the honours in an entertaining Group H game, despite the best efforts of a Young Boys team who were already through.

Senad Lulić (right) and Getafe's Pablo Pintos vie for possession
Senad Lulić (right) and Getafe's Pablo Pintos vie for possession ©Getty Images

A well-taken goal from Adrián Sardinero was sufficient for Getafe CF to round off UEFA Europa League campaign with a narrow victory against BSC Young Boys.

Assured of second in Group H behind VfB Stuttgart, Young Boys' attentions turned to scoring their first goal on the road in Europe since early August. Despite coming close on several occasions, particularly in the second half, they were unable to respond to Sardinero's 15th-minute effort as Getafe claimed a fourth win in five outings.

Young Boys were quickly on to the front foot in their attempt to find that elusive goal, with Moreno Costanzo forcing a diving save from Oscar Ustari on six minutes. Scott Sutter had an effort deflected over as the Swiss team continued their bright start, but they soon found themselves behind after a fine piece of individual play from Sardinero.

Receiving a pass from Albín on the left-hand side of the penalty area, he cheekily nutmegged Sutter before sliding a shot across Marco Wölfli. In an open encounter, Pedro Mosquera threatened to make it 2-0 with a low effort which Wölfli turned around the post.

Wölfli's opposite number, Ustari, preserved his team's lead three minutes after the restart, reacting sharply to repel Xavier Hochstrasser's effort following Costanzo's corner. A last-ditch tackle from Pablo Pintos was required to thwart Costanzo after Senad Lulić's measured pass had paved the way for what seemed a certain shot at goal.

Young Boys continued to probe and ought to have restored parity with 15 minutes remaining, Lulić leading a counterattack and playing in substitute Christian Schneuwly, whose tame strike was easily fielded by Ustari. Another save from Ustari, this time a close-range block to deny Thierry Doubai, and a disallowed effort from Alain Nef merely compounded the visitors' frustration.