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Ayegbeni shines for Maccabi

Published: Tuesday 24 September 2002, 23.17CET
Maccabi Haifa FC 3-0 Olympiakos Piraeus FC A hat-trick from Yakubu Ayegbeni seals a home win.

Match statistics

M. HaifaOlympiacos

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
4
Attempts off target7
 
12
Corners6
 
7
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed29
 
8
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Published: Tuesday 24 September 2002, 23.17CET

Ayegbeni shines for Maccabi

Maccabi Haifa FC 3-0 Olympiakos Piraeus FC A hat-trick from Yakubu Ayegbeni seals a home win.

Maccabi Haifa 3-0 Olympiakos Piraeus FC
A stunning hat-trick from Maccabi Haifa centre-forward Yakubu Ayegbeni was the difference between the two sides on a hot night in Cyprus in this UEFA Champions League Group F match.

Ayegbeni hat-trick
Strikes in the 26th,  60th and 86th minutes from Ayegbeni, suspended for last week's 5-2 defeat at Manchester United FC, sealed a win which flattered the home side, as Olympiakos dominated the game with lengthy spells of possession but failed to convert any chances.

Striking performance
Ayegbeni by contrast was first-rate. Maccabi took the lead after 27 minutes when midfield player Walid Badier was brought down inside the right edge of the Olympiakos penalty area by defender Georgios Anatolakis. Ayegbeni stood up to shoot Maccabi into the lead with a well-taken penalty into the bottom right-hand corner of Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos's goal.

Cutting edge
Olympiakos failed to assert themselves at all in the opening 45 minutes despite a fair share of the posession, particularly in midfield where the bulk of the game was played out. Former Real Madrid CF and France midfield player Christian Karembeu was at the heart of the early action but it was Maccabi who showed more of a cutting edge.

Near misses
Striker Yaniv Katan and midfield player Nenad Pralija both shot just wide in the opening 20 minutes as Maccabi sought to stamp their authority on the game at their adopted home in Nicosia. The second 45 minutes followed the same pattern, with Olympiakos driving forward but lacking conviction around the Maccabi goal.

From nowhere
The visitors pressed forward relentlessly but from nowhere Ayegbeni struck the second and decisive goal on the hour mark. Collecting the ball on the edge of the Greek side's penalty area, he held off a challenge from full-back Christos Patsatzoglou to turn brilliantly and slide the ball into the far bottom corner of the net from 12 metres. A true centre-forward's goal and extremely well taken.

Ejiofor in form
Olympiakos to their great credit kept up the possession and had half chances aplenty, but Eric Ejiofor was superb in the centre of defence for the home side. Throughout the second period it seemed like the Israeli side would wilt under pressure, but when a goal did come, it was another for Maccabi.

Impressive finish
Ayegbeni completed his hat-trick by stealing in front of a flat-footed Olympiakos defence and firing into the net from around the penalty spot - another truly impressive finish which will have caught the attention of many in the Champions League tonight.

Wide open group
With the side they met in Group F last week, United, securing a 2-1 win away at their next opponents, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Maccabi now know that the battle to qualify for a place in the second group stage is wide open. Olympiakos, meanwhile, have a trip to Old Trafford to look forward to on Matchday Three.

Last updated: 25/09/02 9.46CET

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Lineups

m. haifa

M. Haifa

olympiacos

Olympiacos

44
AwatDudu Aouate (GK)
31
EleftheropoulosDimitrios Eleftheropoulos (GK)
2
Raimondas ZutautasRaimondas Zutautas
2
PatsatzoglouChristos Patsatzoglou
3
HaraziAlon Harazi
Substitution52
3
VenetidisStelios Venetidis
4
BenadoArik Benado (C)
7
GiannakopoulosStelios Giannakopoulos
Substitution80
5
BadierWalid Badier
8
KarembeuChristian Karembeu
6
KeiseAdoram Keise
10
GiovanniGiovanni
10
YakubuAyegbeni Yakubu
Goal27
Goal60
Goal86
11
P. DjordjevićPredrag Djordjević (C)
11
RossoGiovanni Rosso
13
Zé EliasZé Elias
Substitution55
19
EjioforEric Ejiofor
Yellow Card64
18
AntzasParaskevas Antzas
20
KatanYaniv Katan
Substitution79
20
ZetterbergPär Zetterberg
Substitution71
28
PralijaNenad Pralija
Substitution87
32
AnatolakisGeorgios Anatolakis

Substitutes

22
Al-MadonTom Al-Madon (GK)
22
KatergiannakisFanis Katergiannakis (GK)
8
SiviliaNir Sivilia
5
AmanatidisGiorgios Amanatidis
9
CohenRafi Cohen
14
MavrogenidisDimitrios Mavrogenidis
13
ZandbergMichael Zandberg
Substitution79
Yellow Card90+1
15
Edu DracenaEdu Dracena
16
ZanoAvishay Zano
Substitution52
17
Ofori-QuayePeter Ofori-Quaye
Substitution80
18
IsrailevichGuillermo Israilevich
Substitution87
21
NiniadisAndreas Niniadis
Substitution71
26
AlmoshninoEyal Almoshnino
30
AlexandrisAlexios Alexandris
Substitution55

Coach

Itzhak Shum (ISR) Panagiotis Lemonis (GRE)

Referee

Massimo De Santis (ITA)

Assistant referees

Vincenzo Mitro (ITA), Aniello Di Mauro (ITA)

Fourth official

Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

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