UEFA Surprise: Getafe Giving Germans Fits

“Bayern, this is Getafe!” read the headlines of Spain’s El Marca newspaper on Friday morning.

Just a day after Getafe had continued their unprecedented run in the UEFA Cup with a dramatic 1-1 draw with German power Bayern Munich, the world has taken notice of the upstarts Spanish side.

Getafe made the European tournament after losing to Sevilla in the King’s Cup final last season. But because Sevilla were Champion’s League bound, Getafe secured a spot in Europe as well.

Since then every step of the way has been a dream for the team from a small suburb of Madrid.

Out of the three teams from Madrid playing in Europe this season (Getafe, Real Madrid, Atletico de Madrid) los Azulones are the only ones remaining.

Most thought Getafe’s magical run would come to an end against Benfica in the round of 16, but after shocking the Portuguese side 2-1 away, the dream run continued.

When they were paired with tournament favorite Bayern in the quarterfinals, most thought the inspired run would come to an end because of the great talent disparity between the two teams.

Before the match German legend Franz Beckenbauer belittled the matchup saying he did not even know of Getafe or that ex-danish footballer Michael Laudrup was managing them.

All the Spanish side did in response was frustrate Bayern and their star-studded team all night and just when it looked like Getafe would have to settle for leaving Germany with a 1-0 defeat, substitute Cosmin Contra struck in the 90th minute for an invaluable draw.

Looking towards the second leg in Madrid this week, Getafe will have a world of confidence and Bayern will have to come prepared for a battle if they hope to end Getafe’s Cinderella run.


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