Heartbreak for EuroGeta: Luca Toni's 120th minute headed goal ended Getafe's dream UEFA cup run as FC Bayern München snatched a 3-3 draw and an away goals victory to reach the semi-finals.
After the match,Getafe coach, Michael Laudrup said "It's hard to keep our heads up at the moment. But life goes on and in a few days time we will look back and know that we have done something incredible."
A remarkable evening's football saw Getafe appear to have won the match on two occasions, only to see victory snatched away in the final moments.
The match started in a similar dramatic fashion to how it finished as Rubén De la Red, drafted in to the centre of defence , lasted only six minutes before being sent off. The midfielder, playing in a makeshift back four, brought down Klose just outside the Getafe box. The referee did not hesitate to show a red card and, from the resulting free-kick, Franck Ribéry hit the post, Toni reacted quickly to score from the rebound, but was adjudged to have handled.
Having escaped once, Getafe were dealt a further blow when Ikechukwu Uche hobbled off with a hamstring injury. However, just as it looked as if this was not going to be the Spanish side's night, first-leg scorer Contra set off down the right flank, cut inside Martín Demichelis and fired the ball home past a helpless Oliver Kahn. Against the odds, Getafe went in at the interval with a 2-1 aggregate lead.
Getafe squandered a number of chances in the second half as they caught the Germans on the counter attack and they were made to pay for their profligacy. On the 89th minute, David Cortés, under pressure, nodded a loose ball straight to Ribéry and the French international volleyed the ball in to the Getafe net to force extra time and 1-1 on the night. (2-2 agg.)
Yet astonishingly, ten man Getafe, came back with a vengance and within just one minute of extra time, Braulio laid off a pass for Casquero who smashed the ball past Kahn's right hand and in off the post. Getafe then grabbed a third when Mario Cotelo centred for Braulio who hammered the ball home: 3-1.
Yet, agonisingly for Getafe, more was to come from Bayern. Pato Abbondanzieri dropped a routine catch in the 115th minute that fell for Toni to tap in and set up a nerve racking finale. The Getafe dream was cruelly ended at the death when Toni headed in a cross from José Ernesto Sosa to make it 3-3 on the night. Bayern were the victors courtesy of their 3 away goals.
Bayern progress to play FC Zenit St. Petersburg on 24 April and 1 May.
After the match, the Getafe coach, Michael Laudrup said: "I don't know if Ottmar Hitzfeld's words are any consolation (that Getafe derved to go through). Were are going mad and are a little bit upset about a couple of things. We are disappointed."
"We played for 113 minutes with a man down and we drew with Bayern Munich. That is Spanish football History. I can't think of another small club that has done what Getafe has done" added the Dane.