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Del Piero breaks Maccabi hearts

Published: Thursday 9 December 2004, 0.03CET
Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC 1-1 Juventus FC Alessandro Del Piero's equaliser ends Maccabi's UEFA Cup hopes.

Match statistics

M. Tel-AvivJuventus

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
10
Corners7
 
4
Offsides5
 
1
Fouls committed14
 
24
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 9 December 2004, 0.03CET

Del Piero breaks Maccabi hearts

Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC 1-1 Juventus FC Alessandro Del Piero's equaliser ends Maccabi's UEFA Cup hopes.

By Ofer Ronen-Abels at the Ramat Gan stadium

Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC became the first team to score against Juventus FC in this season's group stage but an equaliser from Alessandro Del Piero denied them a place in the UEFA Cup.

Out of Europe
Del Piero struck in the 71st minute to cancel out Barukh Dego's first-half penalty, which until then had looked like being enough to give Nir Klinger's side a famous victory. With AFC Ajax earning a 2-2 draw at home against FC Bayern München, it is the Dutch club and not Maccabi who finished in the all-important third place because of the teams' head-to-head record.

Nir debut
Maccabi coach Klinger left regular goalkeeper Liran Strauber on the bench to give Gal Nir his European debut. Marcio Giovanini returned to the defence after a knee injury alongside Avi Strool and Moshe Mishaelof. Bruno Reis, Erez Mesika and Ishmael Addo were all left out while Emile Mbamba was named as the lone striker in a defensive 4-5-1 formation.

Buffon rested
Fabio Capello also made changes as he dropped Gianluigi Buffon to give Antonio Chimenti a chance in goal. Ciro Ferrara, Igor Tudor and Gianluca Zambrotta also sat out as did in-form striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, Pavel Nedved recovered from flu to return to the midfield alongside Alessio Tacchinardi and Manuele Blasi while Del Piero and Marcelo Zalayeta led the attack.

Nedved lively
Nedved was quickly into his stride as Juve applied early pressure. The Czech midfield player tested Nir with a low free-kick in the sixth minute before shooting wide less than 60 seconds later. While the Israeli side were looking solid in the centre, Juventus were able to apply constant pressure along the wings through Nedved and Olivier Kapo. In the 20th minute, Gianluca Pessotto met Kapo's cross with a firm shot but Nir was able to save and then deny Del Piero from the rebound.

Dego on target
Despite Juve's dominance, the hosts took the lead just before the half-hour mark. Liran Cohen lofted the ball into the area toward Mbamba, only for Jonathan Zebina to foul the Cameroonian. From the resultant penalty, Dego kept his cool to score his third goal of the group stage and become the first man to breach the Juve defence in six European games.

On the up
Buoyed by the goal, Maccabi naturally grew in confidence and, before half-time, Salem Abo Siam tried his luck with a long-range effort before Tamir Cohen saw his free-kick go just wide. Capello introduced Stephen Appiah for Blasi at the interval and within five minutes, the Ghanaian was forcing a diving save from Nir. Nedved was then denied a shot at goal by a timely tackle. At the other end, Liran Cohen and Dego were still giving the visitors plenty to think about, with Del Piero needing to be alert to head a corner off the line.

Equalising goal
However, Del Piero was soon making a difference at the other end. The Juve captain levelled the score with ease after latching on to Zalayeta's neat headed knockdown. Both coaches made late changes with Klinger introducing Reis, Addo and then Mesika in search of the victory they needed to reach the UEFA Cup. However, it was defender Giovanini that could have won it right at the death only for Chimenti to pull off a last-gasp save from his header.

Last updated: 09/12/04 9.54CET

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Lineups

m. tel-aviv

M. Tel-Aviv

juventus

Juventus

22
NirGal Nir (GK)
Yellow Card68
12
ChimentiAntonio Chimenti (GK)
2
StroolAvi Strool (C)
3
TacchinardiAlessio Tacchinardi
3
Abo SiamSalem Abo Siam
4
MonteroPaolo Montero
4
MoosaKoby Moosa
7
PessottoGianluca Pessotto
Substitution69
5
MishaelofMoshe Mishaelof
Yellow Card42
Substitution76
10
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero (C)
Goal71
Substitution74
10
DegoBaruch Dego
Goal29
11
NedvědPavel Nedvěd
14
ZitoniOren Zitoni
Substitution83
20
BlasiManuele Blasi
Yellow Card27
Substitution46
15
L. CohenLiran Cohen
23
KapoOlivier Kapo
19
T. CohenTamir Cohen
25
ZalayetaMarcelo Danubio Zalayeta
23
GiovaniniMarcio Giovanini
27
ZebinaJonathan Zebina
25
M'BambaEmile M'Bamba
Substitution76
28
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
Yellow Card42

Substitutes

1
StrauberLiran Strauber (GK)
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK)
7
ReisBruno Reis
Substitution76
2
FerraraCiro Ferrara
9
BounfeldElad Bounfeld
5
TudorIgor Tudor
11
MesikaErez Mesika
Substitution83
9
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Substitution74
18
AddoIshmael Addo
Substitution76
18
AppiahStephen Appiah
Substitution46
20
NagarShuki Nagar
19
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
Substitution69
30
ShinaYakir Shina
36
De CegliePaolo De Ceglie

Coach

Nir Klinger (ISR) Fabio Capello (ITA)

Referee

Alain Sars (FRA)

Assistant referees

Jean-Paul Chaudre (FRA), Patrick Reinbold (FRA)

Fourth official

Hervé Piccirillo (FRA)

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