Sunday, 30 March 2008

Getafe 0 - 2 Osasuna

On a grim, rainy day at the Coliseum, Osasuna ran out 2-0 winners in a match that saw Cosmin Contra sent off early on.

Miguel Flano opened the scoring... well, just see for yourself:

Hardly encouraging stuff ahead of the Thursday trip to deepest Bavaria, but on the other hand, Geta have quite often gone into European games this season off the back of bad form - the win at Spurs is a great example.

Aupa Geta!

Monday, 24 March 2008

Athletic 1 - 0 Getafe

It was a scrappy occasion at soaking San Mames, but eventually Getafe proved second best.

Still, with the UEFA Cup and the Copa del Rey apparently now the prime targets, defeat isn't the end of the world.

Some brief highlights:

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Copa: Racing 1 - 1 Getafe

Getafe are set for their second Copa del Rey final in two seasons after a 4-2 aggregate win over Racing.

Pedro Munitis opened the scoring early on for the Cantabrians, but after Oscar Serrano's sending-off, the Azulones fought back.

However, Marca claims that their goal was fraught with controversy. Uche signalled for his teammates to hit the ball out due to an injury to Ezequiel Garay - who actually had to be substituted after the incident - but Albin either did not see his colleague's order or instead ignored it. Thus he strode forward and played the ball to Casquero, who duly netted in fine fashion.

Regardless of the odd circumstance, that was a vital goal - and it looks like another trip to the final for Getafe fans! (But I doubt we've heard the last of tonight's events...)


Sunday, 16 March 2008

Getafe 2 - 1 Racing

Ebi Smolarek opened the scoring early in the second half for Racing, but goals from Ikechukwu Uche and then Jaime Gavilan sealed a morale-boosting 2-1 win for Los Azulones.

That's four consecutive wins in all competitions, no defeats for over a month, and seven victories in the last eight.

Racing 'keeper Toño apparently picked up a straight red, while Braulio followed due to a second booking - does anyone know if a straight red in the Liga carries over to the Copa? I bloody hope so. (Update: Yes, Toño is suspended due to that sending-off. So too is Pablo Alvarez, apparently, who was given a red card while sitting on the bench for protesting. Because Braulio's red card was actually two yellows, he will be able to play. Toño, incidentally, has apologised to Braulio and the referee.)

Remaining unbeaten at El Sardinero midweek will be enough to see Geta through to their second successive Copa del Rey final, too. More news on the squad for that match as it becomes available.

And here's a video of today's goals!

Friday, 14 March 2008

Bayern Munich - Getafe

Getafe have been drawn against FC Bayern München in the quarter-final of the UEFA Cup. That's perhaps the toughest of all draws.

Meanwhile, Geta welcome Racing on Sunday in the Liga, before travelling to Santander to play them yet again in the second leg of the Copa del Rey midweek.

It's non-stop.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Through To The Last Eight

Juan Angel Albin proved too much for Benfica, who spurned one fine chance early on against Getafe and were then largely on the back foot.

In short, a 1-0 home win over the Portuguese side sees Geta through to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup 3-1 on aggregate.

The Azulones also thrashed Murcia at the weekend - as such, coach Michael Laudrup is very much a man in demand.

Tonight, though, he'll just be celebrating. What a fine win.

Update: A video of Albin's goal:

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Benfica 1 - 2 Getafe

What better way to make up for the disappointment of the 3-3 weekend draw than with a colossal away win at one of Europe's most famous arenas? (Albeit a mostly empty one.)

Oscar Cardozo's hilarious ninth-minute sending-off helped Geta immeasurably, but there was little denying the quality of play on offer at times.

First, Ruben de la Red had a shot from the edge of the area deflected past Quim (fnarr) by Edcarlos.

Midway through the second half, Pablo Hernandez hit a trundler from the edge of the box with sufficient accuracy to sneak in at the far post.

Osky was at fault as Benfica pulled one back; he was partially unsighted, but still should have dealt with Pedro Mantorras' long-range effort.

It's a superb result, and it no doubt has many believing that Geta can make it to the next round. Also encouraging was the input of Braulio, who had a fine first half overall, although he faded a bit later on.

Good times, basically.

And here are the highlights: