Wednesday, 13 February 2008

AEK 1 - 1 Getafe

A largely even game in Athens was almost decided by a calamitous defensive error from the hosts.

The Athenians had the best of the first half, but Geta ended pretty strongly, and were rewarde dwith a goal. Manu strode up the right flank and cut the ball across goal to Braulio, but the on-loan Atleti man couldn't quite reach it. Thankfully for Geta, though, the AEK defender cleared the ball dreadfully - and only as far as Ruben de la Red, who stroked home three minutes from time.

However, deep into stoppage time, Blanco netted after a corner to give the Greeks a fighting chance in the second leg.

That gives Geta a narrow advantage ahead of the second leg, although I imagine that AEK will play with much greater intensity than they did here.

If we get through, it's either Nuremberg or - more likely - Benfica in the next round.

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