3 key moments as Getafe’s Europa League dream comes to an end 
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Wednesday evening's Europa League tie between Inter Milan and Getafe proved to be an exciting affair between two free-flowing sides.

Having reached the round of 16 thanks to fine form in the competition thus far, a one-legged tie at Schalke's VELTINS Arena kicked off a mini-tournament to decide the winner of European football's second major competition.

A lively start for Getafe saw Inter 'keeper Samir Handanovic called into action but it proved to be the home side who would open the scoring.

Former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku proved to be in excellent form and it was the Belgian international whose excellent finish on the 33-minute mark that gave Antonio Conte's side the advantage.

The second half saw both sides attempt to get the next goal of the game, although the game proved to be a stop-start affair as 30 fouls halted play on occasion.

Getafe would then have a golden change to get themselves back in the game after former Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin handled in the area, however, veteran striker Jorge Molina sent the resulting spot kick wide of the post.

That miss would prove vital as former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen sealed the Italian side's passage to the quarter-final stage with seven minutes left on the clock.

Jorge Molina's penalty miss

38-year-old Molina has had a superb career in Spain's top flight and one that will have some good memories when he hangs up his boots, but a memory he will almost like to forget is his penalty miss on Wednesday evening.

The veteran striker netted five goals in 34 games during the La Liga season for Getafe and his penalty record over the years, netting 19 during his career with three successes coming in the 2019/20 season.

Scoring three out of three this term, the striker can hardly be blamed for being trusted from the spot against Inter, but it will prove to be a moment that shaped Getafe's exit.

Jose Bordalas' strange attacking decision

Getafe have been excellent this term for the most part but Bordalas has struggled to utilise Angel Rodriguez, Jorge Molina and Jaime Mata in the same starting eleven.

Mata was chosen on Wednesday evening and whilst he played well, countless times this season, goals have been scored when two of the aforementioned three have linked up together.

Being physical over productive

Getafe are a robust side featuring the likes of Djene Dakonam and Damien Suarez but at times when they simply play football, they impress.

The opening 20 minutes of the game on Wednesday evening saw the La Liga side play attractive football but reverting back to an aggressive approach proved to be their downfall, making 18 fouls during the game.

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