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Maccabi show stout resolve

Published: Tuesday 27 July 2004, 21.12CET
HJK Helsinki 0-0 Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC HJK could not make their pressure tell against Israeli visitors.

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Published: Tuesday 27 July 2004, 21.12CET

Maccabi show stout resolve

HJK Helsinki 0-0 Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC HJK could not make their pressure tell against Israeli visitors.

By Mikael Erävuori in the Pohjola stadium

Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC returned to Israel with a goalless draw after withstanding the pressure from HJK Helsinki in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League second qualifying round tie.

Savolainen shot
HJK gradually took control of the early exchanges after a nervous opening and Vili Savolainen had the first shot on six minutes, missing the target from outside the area. Maccabi responded with Eli Biton heading over from a corner.

Reis-Lino goes close
Another Maccabi corner saw Bruno Reis-Lino hit the crossbar with a header and his shot from the rebound was cleared off the line. HJK learnt from that scare, and in the last 15 minutes of the half Ridvan Zeneli on the right wing gave Maccabi several worries, but Liran Strauber in the Israeli side's goal was equal to anything sent his way.

Clever chip
The home team continued their dominance after the break and five minutes into the half Petri Oravainen led a counterattack which ended when Tommi Grönlund shot just wide from long range. Just before the hour Reoven Oved sent a clever chip over both HJK goalkeeper Andras Vilnrotter and the crossbar.

Kottila subdued
At the other end Maccabi were holding on well, and although they picked up five yellow cards from Russian referee Alexey Tiumin, they defended stoutly and kept key HJK forward Mika Kottila subdued.

Klinger content
Visiting coach Nir Klinger, whose side welcome HJK to the Bloomfield stadium next Wednesday for the return, said: "We did not play that badly as they did not surprise us at all with the way in which they played. We could have scored an away goal but struck the woodwork twice. I am confident we can beat them at Bloomfield next week and book our place in the draw for the third qualifying round."

Last updated: 28/07/04 12.07CET

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Lineups

hjk

HJK

m. tel-aviv

M. Tel-Aviv

35
VilnrotterAndrás Vilnrotter (GK)
1
StrauberLiran Strauber (GK) (C)
4
NylundVille Nylund (C)
2
StroolAvi Strool
5
JensenJoakim Jensen
3
Abo SiamSalem Abo Siam
Yellow Card67
6
I. AaltoIiro Aalto
6
AddoIshmael Addo
7
GrönlundTommi Grönlund
Substitution64
7
ReisBruno Reis
Yellow Card14
8
ZeneliRidvan Zeneli
Substitution82
11
MesikaErez Mesika
9
De GregorioRaffaele De Gregorio
Substitution86
17
PantsilJohn Pantsil
11
KallioToni Kallio
19
T. CohenTamir Cohen
Yellow Card90+2
17
SavolainenVili Savolainen
21
OvedReuven Oved
Substitution71
20
KottilaMika Kottila
23
GiovaniniMarcio Giovanini
21
OravainenPetri Oravainen
24
Eli BitonEli Biton
Yellow Card8
Substitution90

Substitutes

30
RistimäkiAntti Ristimäki (GK)
22
NirGal Nir (GK)
18
MäkeläJuho Mäkelä
Substitution64
4
MoosaKoby Moosa
24
PoulsenJon Poulsen
5
IbrahimNdala Ibrahim
25
KoivistoJani Koivisto
10
DegoBaruch Dego
Substitution71
Yellow Card76
26
SantalaJukka Santala
Substitution86
15
L. CohenLiran Cohen
27
SorsaSebastian Sorsa
Substitution82
16
JanLior Jan
18
MishaelofMoshe Mishaelof
Substitution90

Coach

Keith Armstrong (ENG) Nir Klinger (ISR)

Referee

Alexey Tiumin (RUS)

Assistant referees

Serguei Germanchuk (RUS), Andrei Lukashin (RUS)

Fourth official

Yuri Kliuchnikov (RUS)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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