UEFA Cup, league stage, day 5
All three Spanish sides ended the group stage at the top of their groups after the last day of the league stage. Atlético Madrid came back from a goal down to beat Panathinaikos 2-1 in the last minute. Salpingidis cut through the defence to put the Greek side ahead late in the first half, but Luis García picked up an assist from Agüero to equalise with a quarter of an hour to go. And although Raúl García was sent off soon afterwards, Simao won it with an injury time free kick.
Villarreal were also facing a Greek side, Serra Ferrer's AEK Athens, and they too won 1-2 to stay ahead of their rivals. Mati Fernández set up Mavuba to open the scoring before the break, but Rivaldo made it all square midway through the first half with a well struck free kick. A minute later though Tomasson raced through on to another Mati Fernández pass to score the winner. (20.12.07)
Getafe sit proudly on top of their group after beating Anderlecht 2-1 on Wednesday night. Michael Laudrup's side only needed a draw to qualify for the next round, but Pablo Hernández gave them the lead in only the sixth minute with a shot which went in off a defender, and Celestini scored a spectacular second from Manu's cross soon after the restart. Théreau headed one back in injury time, but too late to change the result. (19.12.07)