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Thursday November 22 2012
Atleti into last 32 with win

An early Raul Garcia strike was enough to give Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win over Hapoel Tel-Aviv and see them qualify from Group B.

A point would have been enough for Diego Simeone's side to qualify for the round of 32, and as such, the Argentine Coach named an experimental line-up for the match against the Israelis.

It was one of the more experienced member of the squad though, who opened the scoring after just seven minutes. A pass from Emre found Raul Garcia, who slotted home from inside the area.

Los Rojiblancos continued to dominate possession and could have doubled their lead through Adrian Lopez and Mario Suarez, however, both times Edel Apoula was equal to the challenge, and made sure the away team went into the break just a goal down.

After the break, Yossi Abukasis' men started to get back in the game, with Omer Damari and Tal Ben Haim going close, but Atleti held out for the three points and a place in the knockout stages.

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