Racing Santander 3 - Manchester City 1
Valera, Garay, César Navas, Marcano; Colsa (Lacen 76'), Luccin; Munitis,
Jonathan Pereira (Juanjo 84'), Oscar Serrano; Tchité. 4-2-3-1.
Racing Santander suffered a cruel fate in their first ever run out in a European competition, losing out on goal difference despite a 3-1 win over Manchester City. The Cantabrians needed to match or better the result of Paris Saint Germain against the already qualified Twente in the other group game to tie up third spot. And they got off to the best possible start, Jonathan Pereira taking advantage of a mistake by Schmeichel to put them ahead, and then setting up Oscar Serrano for the second with half an hour on the clock.
PSG had scored twice themselves by that time, but when Valera netted a third the fans started to celebrate. However news came in that the French side had scored two more in the last five minutes their joy turned to despair. One more goal would have still done it, but with all their energy spent the locals let in a late goal from Caicedo. A valiant effort, and hopefully this experience will spur them on to return in the near future.