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Babic boosts Leverkusen

Published: Tuesday 1 October 2002, 22.30CET
Maccabi Haifa 0-2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen Two Marko Babic goals give Leverkusen a fine win.

Match statistics

M. HaifaLeverkusen

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target6
 
9
Attempts off target7
 
9
Corners3
 
7
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
23
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Tuesday 1 October 2002, 22.30CET

Babic boosts Leverkusen

Maccabi Haifa 0-2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen Two Marko Babic goals give Leverkusen a fine win.

Two goals from Marko Babic handed Bayer 04 Leverkusen a crucial 2-0 win in their UEFA Champions League Group F game against Maccabi Haifa at the G.S.P stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Morale boost
Without a point at kick-off, the 2002 Champions League finalists controlled the vast majority of the game, and only wayward finishing and good goalkeeping prevented them adding more goals. Having begun the season shakily, Leverkusen were unfortunate not to take a point from last week's tie with Manchester United FC, and enjoyed a confidence-boosting 2-1 win over FC Bayern München on Saturday, so it was not surprising that coach Klaus Toppmöller kept faith with the same lineup.

Early chances
The match began in frenetic fashion, and either side could easily have snatched an early lead. The clearest chance fell to the impressive Maccabi Haifa striker Yakubu Ayegbeni, scorer of all three of his side's goals in last week's 3-0 victory over Olympiakos Piraeus FC. Capitalising on an uncharacteristic error by Carsten Ramelow, Ayegbeni burst forward, but Lucio got across and his deflection took much of the sting out of the shot, which Hans-Jörg Butt was able to get down to and hold at the second attempt.

Three good opportunities
That early scare aside, a rejuvenated Leverkusen controlled much of the half, keeping the ball and searching for weaknesses in the home side's defence. Striker Oliver Neuville worked tirelessly up front, and had three presentable chances, the best of which he prodded just wide of Dudu Awat's right-hand post.

Powerful header
On the quarter-hour, Marko Babic produced a teasing cross from the left-wing, which was met by a powerful downward header from Thomas Brdaric, but Awat got down well to palm the ball clear. Leverkusen continued to press, and Yildiray Bastürk saw his powerful shot from an angle well held by Awat.

Glancing header
However, the away side did take the lead in the 31st minute. Bernd Schneider delivered a perfect cross from a free-kick on the right midway inside the Maccabi half, and Marko Babic deftly glanced the ball past Awat and just inside the far post to put his side in front.

Penalty miss
For all their control of the game, Leverkusen were fortunate to go into the interval ahead, after Giovani Rosso burst on to Ayegbeni's pass and into the penalty area only to have his heels clipped by Lucio. However, Avishay Zano saw his spot-kick hit Butt's right-hand post, and he then blazed the rebound high over the crossbar from less than two metres.

Bizarre second
Both sides began the second half in more cautious fashion, aware that the next goal would prove crucial. When it did arrive, four minutes past the hour, it came in the most bizarre fashion. Babic was played into space down the left by Neuville, but looked to have over-hit his cross. However, Awat completely misjudged the flight of the ball, and it drifted over his head and dropped into the corner of the net to all but end the game as a contest.

Last updated: 02/10/02 12.41CET

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Lineups

m. haifa

M. Haifa

leverkusen

Leverkusen

44
AwatDudu Aouate (GK)
1
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
Yellow Card85
2
Raimondas ZutautasRaimondas Zutautas
3
LúcioLúcio
4
BenadoArik Benado (C)
6
ŽivkovićBoris Živković
5
BadierWalid Badier
Yellow Card35
Substitution60
10
Yıldıray BaştürkYıldıray Baştürk
Yellow Card89
6
KeiseAdoram Keise
14
BalitschHanno Balitsch
Yellow Card8
10
YakubuAyegbeni Yakubu
17
OjigwePascal Ojigwe
11
RossoGiovanni Rosso
19
BabićMarko Babić
Goal31
Goal64
Substitution77
16
ZanoAvishay Zano
Penalty44
23
BrdaricThomas Brdaric
Substitution70
19
EjioforEric Ejiofor
Yellow Card65
25
SchneiderBernd Schneider
Substitution85
20
KatanYaniv Katan
Yellow Card12
Substitution60
27
NeuvilleOliver Neuville
Yellow Card76
28
PralijaNenad Pralija
Substitution70
28
RamelowCarsten Ramelow (C)

Substitutes

22
Al-MadonTom Al-Madon (GK)
31
StarkeTom Starke (GK)
8
SiviliaNir Sivilia
2
PreussChristoph Preuss
9
CohenRafi Cohen
Substitution60
8
ŠimákJan Šimák
13
ZandbergMichael Zandberg
Substitution60
11
FrançaFrança
18
IsrailevichGuillermo Israilevich
Substitution70
12
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
Substitution70
21
GabarinCamel Gabarin
13
BierofkaDaniel Bierofka
Substitution85
26
AlmoshninoEyal Almoshnino
15
VranješJurica Vranješ
Substitution77

Coach

Itzhak Shum (ISR) Klaus Toppmöller (GER)

Referee

Jacek Granat (POL)

Assistant referees

Maciej Wierzbowski (POL), Ferenc Székely (HUN)

Fourth official

Miroslaw Ryszka (POL)

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