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Cohen confirms Maccabi progress

Published: Thursday 26 August 2004, 0.45CET
Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC 1-0 PAOK FC (agg: 4-0) Liran Cohen's goal ensures the Israeli side reach the group stage.

Match statistics

M. Tel-AvivPAOK

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 26 August 2004, 0.45CET

Cohen confirms Maccabi progress

Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC 1-0 PAOK FC (agg: 4-0) Liran Cohen's goal ensures the Israeli side reach the group stage.

By Ofer Ronen-Abels at Bloomfield stadium

Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC advanced to the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time in the club's history after a 1-0 second-leg win against Greek side PAOK FC completed a 4-0 aggregate victory.

Ineligible player
Having seen their 2-1 first-leg victory in Greece converted into a 3-0 success after PAOK fielded an ineligible player, the Israeli side kicked off confident of securing progress to the competition proper and all but wrapped up their place in Thursday’s draw as early as the eighth minute.

Cohen composure
Erez Mesika, who scored the second goal in Thessaloniki, curled in an accurate cross from the left that fell kindly for Liran Cohen. The talented young winger, whose late goal had earned Maccabi victory against HJK Helsinki in the second qualifying round, calmly placed his shot past Elias Atmatsidis to leave the visitors needing to score five to win.

Noisy support
To the delight of the 12,000 crowd that outcome never looked likely, with the home supporters basking in their favourites' triumph and vociferously supporting their team. The Israeli Premier League side responded accordingly with some impressive attacking football, only for Tamir Cohen to waste an excellent chance to double their lead on the night.

Strauber saves
Although PAOK struggled to raise themselves after the blow of Cohen's early goal, the Greek side attempted to find a way back into the match as the second half wore on. Tel-Aviv goalkeeper and captain Liran Strauber was soon forced into action, producing two saves in quick succession to deny PAOK forwards Nikolaos Skarmoutsos and Georgios Theodoridis.

Siam sent off
Despite the comfortable final margin of victory the night ended on a sour note for the home side as young left-back Salem Abu Siam collected a second caution midway through the second half and was sent off. Nothing could dampen the celebrations at the final whistle, however, with fans and players jubilant at their club's achievement.

Last updated: 26/08/04 12.58CET

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Lineups

m. tel-aviv

M. Tel-Aviv

paok

PAOK

1
StrauberLiran Strauber (GK) (C)
1
AtmatsidisElias Atmatsidis (GK)
2
StroolAvi Strool
6
MarkosDimitrios Markos
Substitution46
3
Abo SiamSalem Abo Siam
Red/Yellow Card66
7
SkarmoutsosNikolaos Skarmoutsos
6
AddoIshmael Addo
Substitution80
9
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
7
ReisBruno Reis
Yellow Card79
10
TheodoridisGeorgios Theodoridis
11
MesikaErez Mesika
14
KoutsisGeorgios Koutsis (C)
15
L. CohenLiran Cohen
Goal8
Substitution85
21
KaradimosLoukas Karadimos
17
PantsilJohn Pantsil
22
FeutchineGuy Armand Feutchine
Yellow Card62
18
MishaelofMoshe Mishaelof
Substitution76
23
ChasiotisDionysios Chasiotis
Substitution74
19
T. CohenTamir Cohen
24
UdezeIfeanyi Udeze
23
GiovaniniMarcio Giovanini
30
EngomitisPanayiotis Engomitis
Substitution46

Substitutes

22
NirGal Nir (GK)
33
TohouroglouKiriakos Tohouroglou (GK)
4
MoosaKoby Moosa
Substitution76
18
VangelisLampros Vangelis
Substitution46
10
DegoBaruch Dego
Substitution80
20
SpasicSladjan Spasic
Substitution46
24
Eli BitonEli Biton
Substitution85
25
AmaefuleThankgod Amaefule
Substitution74
5
IbrahimNdala Ibrahim
16
AndralasParaskevas Andralas
16
JanLior Jan
19
GarpozisAlexandros Garpozis
20
CrispisAssaf Crispis
32
KaripidisChristos Karipidis

Coach

Nir Klinger (ISR) Angelos Anastasiadis (GRE)

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