Getafe of Spain midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo has turned his focus on this Thursday’s UEFA Europa League clash against Ajax Amsterdam of Holland, even as he tries to shake off memories of the ugly setback his side faced against Barcelona, in his very first start for the team.
Megasportsarena.com reports that Barca spoilt Etebo’s Getafe full debut in dramatic fashion, as the lad on loan from Stoke City of England played all 90 minutes for the team he joined mid-last month, only to fall short in the Spanish La Liga game at Camp Nou on Saturday.
Etebo had earlier made three substitute appearances for the Madrid-based club since joining in January, as he got off the bench in matches versus Leganes and Real Betis in the top flight and against Badalona in Copa Del Ray, but Getafe’s boss, Pepe Bordalas opted to name the 24-year-old dark-skinned lad in the side that started the 2-1 loss to The Catalan giants.
The former Warri Wolves, Feirense of Portugal and Las Palmas of Spain star went on to play for 67 minutes before making way for Amath Ndiaye, before which the tide turned against his side early, as they thought they had opened the scoring when Allan Nyom hit home Jorge Vidal’s shot, but a long VAR review chalked off the effort for an infringement in the build-up.
Ten minutes later Barca opened the scoring through Antoine Griezmann, as the Frenchman got on to a perfect pass from Lionel Messi and guided the ball past David Soria, after which The Catalans doubled their lead six minutes later.
Junior Firpo knocked in a dangerous cross, and Sergi Roberto was on hand to find the back of the net from close range, after which Getafe struck back in the 66th minute through Angel Rodrigez with Etebo involved in a defence piercing run and pass to striker to side foot in from 16 yards.
Moments later Getafe should have made it 2-2, but Barca’s goalie, Ter Stagen pulled off four on the line saves in quick succession to deny Etebo’s side, after which Barcelona held on for three crucial points in the title race, while Gatefa return to Coliseum Alfonso Pérez Stadium empty.
Nonetheless, it is forward all the way for Etebo, whose loan deal runs until the end of the term, with an option to purchase inserted into the deal from Stoke to Getafe, who remain in the hunt for a UEFA Champions League qualification slot, as they lie third with 42 points, and their Super Eagles’ star will now turn attention on getting his Europa League debut versus Ajax on Thursday.