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Maccabi celebrate famous victory

Published: Tuesday 29 October 2002, 22.00CET
Maccabi Haifa FC 3-0 Manchester United FC Maccabi's remarkable win to no avail.

Match statistics

M. HaifaMan. United

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
5
Attempts off target2
 
13
Corners1
 
11
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed17
 
11
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 29 October 2002, 22.00CET

Maccabi celebrate famous victory

Maccabi Haifa FC 3-0 Manchester United FC Maccabi's remarkable win to no avail.

Maccabi Haifa FC earned a remarkable UEFA Champions League victory over 1999 champions Manchester United FC with two exceptional long-range goals securing a famous 3-0 win in the GSP stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Sour taste
However there was a sour taste at the end for the Israeli champions because even this success was not enough to prolong their stay in the competition, Bayer 04 Leverkusen's victory over Olympiakos Piraeus FC meaning that second place in Group F is now beyond their grasp.

Powerful shooting
Yet Maccabi will savour the result and the performance for a long time to come. To start with they seemed in awe of the United team – a United team showing five changes and a handful of reserve-team players – but the power of their shooting carried the day.

Performance the key
For United the night was less about the result than the performance of their fringe players because with four previous wins in the section they had already booked their qualifying place into the second group stage.

Record denied
It was their first Champions League defeat in more than a year and it denied them a club record 17th unbeaten outing in the competition. They had not been beaten since October 17 2001 when RC Deportivo La Coruña won at Old Trafford and it was the first time they had not scored away from home since March 2000.

Smashing goals
The first two goals would have graced any stage, the opener smashed home on 40 minutes by Yaniv Katan who had scored the goal that gave Maccabi a shock lead in Manchester on Matchday One, a game that eventually ended 5-2 to United.

O'Shea hurt
Katan sidestepped John O’Shea before taking vicious aim. The space he was afforded may have had something to do with an injury O'Shea had just picked up making a crucial interception as Giovani Rosso tried to play in Yakubu Ayegbeni.

Ricardo protected
Before then O'Shea and Rio Ferdinand had looked sound, lending reserve goalkeeper Ricardo López, on his first start, good protection. Elsewhere in the team Sir Alex Ferguson had also given a first starting appearance to Kieran Richardson, a week after his 18th birthday.

Missed chances
Richardson pulled a scoring chance wide with the score at 0-0 and Ole Gunnar Solskjær might also have done better with a first-half chance. In the main United commanded possession but the opportunism of Maccabi brooked no argument.

Diego denied
When Diego Forlán thundered an effort against the crossbar at the start of the second half it looked as if United still had a big part to play in the game. Yet within three minutes they went further behind with another picture-book goal.

Super Zutautas
This time it came from Lithuanian midfielder Raimondas Zutautas who strode forward and took aim with brutal power and precision, Ricardo left helpless as the left-foot shot ripped past him from fully 30 metres.

Third strike
The third goal arrived 13 minutes from time from the penalty spot after Ricardo had brought down Zutautas. The goalkeeper was relieved to see the referee brandish only the yellow card but no mercy was shown by Ayegbeni as he slotted home.

New faces
By this stage United had also blooded Daniel Nardiello and in the final minutes they threw on Danish forward Mads Timm who turns 18 on Thursday.

Last updated: 30/10/02 17.49CET

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Lineups

m. haifa

M. Haifa

man. united

Man. United

44
AwatDudu Aouate (GK)
19
Ricardo LópezRicardo López (GK)
Yellow Card77
2
Raimondas ZutautasRaimondas Zutautas
Goal56
Substitution81
2
G. NevilleGary Neville (C)
3
HaraziAlon Harazi
3
P. NevillePhil Neville
4
BenadoArik Benado (C)
6
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
5
BadierWalid Badier
18
ScholesPaul Scholes
6
KeiseAdoram Keise
20
SolskjærOle Gunnar Solskjær
10
YakubuAyegbeni Yakubu
Goal77
Substitution84
21
ForlánDiego Forlán
Substitution79
11
RossoGiovanni Rosso
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
Yellow Card33
16
ZanoAvishay Zano
25
FortuneQuinton Fortune
20
KatanYaniv Katan
Goal40
27
SilvestreMikaël Silvestre
Yellow Card39
28
PralijaNenad Pralija
42
RichardsonKieran Richardson
Substitution61

Substitutes

22
Al-MadonTom Al-Madon (GK)
13
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
8
SiviliaNir Sivilia
14
MayDavid May
9
CohenRafi Cohen
26
PughDanny Pugh
13
ZandbergMichael Zandberg
Substitution81
34
RocheLee Roche
18
IsrailevichGuillermo Israilevich
38
LynchMark Lynch
21
GabarinCamel Gabarin
40
NardielloDaniel Nardiello
Substitution61
26
AlmoshninoEyal Almoshnino
Substitution84
43
TimmMads Timm
Substitution79

Coach

Itzhak Shum (ISR) Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO)

Referee

Antonio Jesus Lopez Nieto (ESP)

Assistant referees

Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco (ESP), Salvador Chirino Rivera (ESP)

Fourth official

Evaristo Puentes Leira (ESP)

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