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Maccabi too good for Belshina

Published: Wednesday 31 July 2002, 21.00CET
Maccabi Haifa 4-0 FC Belshina Bobruisk Rafi Cohen led Maccabi to victory.

Match statistics

M. HaifaBelshina

Goals scored4
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 31 July 2002, 21.00CET

Maccabi too good for Belshina

Maccabi Haifa 4-0 FC Belshina Bobruisk Rafi Cohen led Maccabi to victory.

Maccabi Haifa 4-0 FC Belshina Bobruisk
Maccabi Haifa had Rafi Cohen to thank for a convincing second qualifying round first-leg victory in the UEFA Champions League against FC Belshina Bobruisk in Cyprus.

Small crowd
The match took place in Nicosia after security concerns about playing the game in Israel, but the lack of crowd support failed to hinder Maccabi who were always in control and are now overwhelming favourites to progress to a tie against SK Sturm Graz for a place in the first group stage.

Golden chance
Belshina actually went close to opening the scoring in the second minute. Ihar Trukhau missed a golden opportunity when sent clear by an excellent pass from Dzianis Karolik but that was as good as it was going to get for the Belarussian champions.

Rosso added third
Cohen did the damage in three first-half minutes. Two excellent strikes in the 19th and 21st minutes put Maccabi firmly in the driving seat and when Giovanni Rosso added a third on the stroke of half-time, after a good pass from Nenad Pralija, the tie looked beyond Belshina.

High spirits
However, Belshina emerged for the second half in high spirits, perhaps mindful of the fact an away goal would put them back in contention. Karolik and Trukhau both had good chances to score but found Nir Davidovitch in fine form in the Maccabi goal.

Final say
It was Maccabi that had the final say as substitute Oluwasegun Abiodun headed the Israeli team's fourth goal in the 86th minute, eight minutes after entering the action as a replacement for Yaniv Katan.

Constant problems
It was an overwhelming defeat that leaves Belshina with little hope of recovery in the second leg next Wednesday. Katan, Rosso and the lively Cohen caused constant problems and will hope to profit again in the return.

'Only one half'
Maccabi coach Itzhak Shum refused to take victory for granted though. "It was good to win 4-0 but that was only half the game," he said. "There is still another 90 minutes to play and we have to go to Belarus and bear in mind that they can also win 4-0."

Last updated: 05/09/02 15.18CET

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Lineups

m. haifa

M. Haifa

belshina

Belshina

1
DavidovitchNir Davidovitch
16
SinitsynSiarhei Sinitsyn
2
Raimondas ZutautasRaimondas Zutautas
Substitution70
2
SiadniouAliaksandr Siadniou (C)
3
HaraziAlon Harazi
3
GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev
Yellow Card47
4
BenadoArik Benado (C)
5
KukarVictar Kukar
6
KeiseAdoram Keise
6
OstrikovVladimir Ostrikov
Substitution46
9
CohenRafi Cohen
Goal19
Goal22
Substitution86
9
HarmashViachaslau Harmash
Substitution46
11
RossoGiovanni Rosso
Goal45
10
TrukhovIgor Trukhov
16
ZanoAvishay Zano
11
StripeikisValeri Stripeikis
19
EjioforEric Ejiofor
12
KarolikDenis Karolik
20
KatanYaniv Katan
Substitution76
15
ShagoikaAleksandr Shagoika
Substitution76
28
PralijaNenad Pralija
18
MaliavkoViktar Maliavko

Substitutes

22
Al-MadonTom Al-Madon
22
PoheAlexei Pohe
12
AmirLiad Amir
8
KhrypachAndrei Khrypach
Substitution46
21
GabarinCamel Gabarin
7
GradobaevEduard Gradobaev
Substitution46
17
AbiodunOluwasegun Abiodun
Substitution76
Goal86
4
KlimovitchUladzimir Klimovitch
18
IsrailevichGuillermo Israilevich
Substitution86
14
HradaboyeuIhar Hradaboyeu
23
NagarYossi Nagar
17
SemerykouVitali Semerykou
Substitution76
26
AlmoshninoEyal Almoshnino
Substitution70
19
BoltrushevichEduard Boltrushevich

Coach

Itzhak Shum (ISR) Viachaslau Akshayeu (BLR)

Referee

Anton Stredak (SVK)

Assistant referees

Vladimir Musak (SVK), Ivan Bartos (SVK)

Fourth official

Pavel Olšiak (SVK)

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