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Maccabi take significant step

Published: Tuesday 10 August 2004, 23.01CET
PAOK FC 1-2 Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC Goals from Ishmael Addo and Erez Mesika earn the visitors victory in Greece.

Match statistics

PAOKM. Tel-Aviv

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target1
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 10 August 2004, 23.01CET

Maccabi take significant step

PAOK FC 1-2 Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC Goals from Ishmael Addo and Erez Mesika earn the visitors victory in Greece.

By Dimitra Pappa

Israeli side Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC took a significant step towards the group stage of the UEFA Champions League with a surprising victory away to PAOK FC in Greece.

Sell-out crowd
With PAOK attempting to reach the competition's group stage for the first time in their history, the intimidating Toumba Stadium was sold out. But the home team failed to rise to the occasion and instead had to struggle to mount a comeback from two goals down to give themselves a chance ahead of the second leg in Israel on 25 August.

Sloppy defending
After allowing PAOK the majority of the early possession, the visitors promptly pounced upon the first real chance they got to silence the crowd. On 12 minutes, Ishmael Addo took advantage of defensive uncertainty between Leonidas Vokolos and Ifeanyi Udeze to strike his left-foot shot past the flailing Elias Atmatsidis.

Hometown blues
PAOK soon had opportunities to restore parity, with both Dimitris Salpingidis and Yiasoumis Yasemakis spurning good chances. Maccabi remained unflustered, though and, perhaps mindful of early-season rustiness, continued to absorb pressure. By contrast, PAOK looked shaky, their attacking moves were rushed and lacked composure while the defence looked disorganised.

Cross-shot
It was therefore little surprise that Maccabi's second goal, three minutes before the interval, came from another defensive error, albeit this time by the goalkeeper, as midfield player Erez Mesika's cross from the left caught Atmatsidis off guard and flew into the top corner.

Early retaliation
PAOK needed a quick goal after the interval and duly got it, this time courtesy of an error in the Maccabi back line. Four minutes into the second half, Loucas Karadimos provided a centre that the away defence failed to deal with and Yasemakis capitalised from close range to pull a goal back. A minute later and Maccabi nearly regained their two-goal cushion but Atmatsidis made amends for his earlier error with a spectacular save from Liran Cohen's powerful shot.

End-to-end
The second half was an end-to-end affair with the two teams taking it in turns to attack, but with little discipline. On the 73rd minute, the livewire Cohen went on a superb run but his attempted lob was misjudged and Atmatsidis made an easy save. Five minutes later, PAOK missed a fine chance with Yasemakis directing a header just wide of the right-hand post and the visitors held on for a hard-earned and crucial victory.

Last updated: 11/08/04 12.05CET

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Lineups

paok

PAOK

m. tel-aviv

M. Tel-Aviv

1
AtmatsidisElias Atmatsidis (GK)
1
StrauberLiran Strauber (GK) (C)
Yellow Card90+1
4
VokolosLeonidas Vokolos
2
StroolAvi Strool
Yellow Card54
5
MaladenisChristos Maladenis
Substitution58
3
Abo SiamSalem Abo Siam
9
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
6
AddoIshmael Addo
Yellow Card12
Goal12
Substitution77
11
YiasemakisYiasoumi Yiasemakis
Goal50
7
ReisBruno Reis
14
KoutsisGeorgios Koutsis (C)
Substitution67
11
MesikaErez Mesika
Goal42
Substitution90+4
21
KaradimosLoukas Karadimos
15
L. CohenLiran Cohen
Substitution44
22
FeutchineGuy Armand Feutchine
17
PantsilJohn Pantsil
Yellow Card1
24
UdezeIfeanyi Udeze
18
MishaelofMoshe Mishaelof
30
EngomitisPanayiotis Engomitis
19
T. CohenTamir Cohen
Yellow Card59
44
HaganEbenezer Hagan
Substitution46
23
GiovaniniMarcio Giovanini

Substitutes

33
TohouroglouKiriakos Tohouroglou (GK)
22
NirGal Nir (GK)
7
SkarmoutsosNikolaos Skarmoutsos
Substitution58
4
MoosaKoby Moosa
Substitution77
20
SpasicSladjan Spasic
Substitution46
Yellow Card69
10
DegoBaruch Dego
Substitution44
80
LoucaLiasis Louca
Substitution67
24
Eli BitonEli Biton
Substitution90+4
13
ZisopoulosGiorgos Zisopoulos
5
IbrahimNdala Ibrahim
16
AndralasParaskevas Andralas
16
JanLior Jan
23
ChasiotisDionysios Chasiotis
21
OvedReuven Oved

Coach

Angelos Anastasiadis (GRE) Nir Klinger (ISR)

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