Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Europa League: OB Odense 1-1 Getafe

0-1 Pedro Ríos 17'
1-1 Andreasen 90'

Getafe Out Of Europe After Late Surrender
... Young Boys' heroics against Stuttgart eliminate Spaniards

A late, late equaliser from Henrik Andreasen rescued a point for OB Odense at home to a Getafe side whose failure to build on their early lead cost them their Europa League qualification hopes.

A Pedro Ríos opener early in the first half went unreplied until the depths of stoppage time, at which point the Danes scored an equaliser that - at the moment - seemed set to keep both sides in Europe.

But in the group's other match, Young Boys of Bern managed a sensational three-goal haul in the final minutes of their match with Stuttgart to win 4-2 and thus join the Germans in the next stage.

On a frigid evening on the island of Funen Getafe started strongly and took a deserved lead when on-form Pedro Ríos' excellent header from a deep cross left Roy Carroll stranded in the OB goal.

Europa League
Group H @ 5 Games

1. Stuttgart (12pts)
2. Young Boys (9pts)
3. Getafe (4pts)
4. OB (4pts)
The Danes enjoyed a brief period of resurgency, but Getafe should have put the tie beyond doubt on the half-hour mark when Miku, provided for by the excellent Juan Angel Albín spurned two fine chances in the space of two minutes.

OB's Kalilou Traoré showed Geta that there were still two sides in it as he hit the post just before half time, but after the interval the Danes seemed to be out of contention.

Indeed, despite the snowy surface it was the Madrid side who looked to be at home, but Miku's recent lean spell continued as he twice missed the target heading towards the hour.

OB rallied as full-time approached, though, and Andreasen showed profligate Getafe how it was done with a confident finish after being put through by Peter Utaka.

Getafe and OB will now reflect on chances wasted as they prepare for meaningless fixtures against Young Boys and Stuttgart respectively, these two sides themselves playing for first place.

Video to follow.

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