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Liverpool survive Maccabi scare

Published: Tuesday 22 August 2006, 22.06CET
Maccabi Haifa FC 1-1 Liverpool FC (agg: 2-3) A Peter Crouch header in neutral Kiev allowed 2005 winners Liverpool to edge into the group stage.

Match statistics

M. HaifaLiverpool

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
6
Attempts off target2
 
8
Corners1
 
3
Offsides8
 
4
Fouls committed31
 
20
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 22 August 2006, 22.06CET

Liverpool survive Maccabi scare

Maccabi Haifa FC 1-1 Liverpool FC (agg: 2-3) A Peter Crouch header in neutral Kiev allowed 2005 winners Liverpool to edge into the group stage.

Maccabi Haifa FC made Liverpool FC work hard for their place in the UEFA Champions League after holding them to a draw but the Israeli champions were not quite capable of achieving the shock result they were looking for in this third qualifying round second leg.

Maccabi threat
After scoring an away goal in their 2-1 defeat at Anfield a fortnight ago, Maccabi knew a 1-0 victory would be enough to take them through and they gave Liverpool plenty of cause for concern in Kiev, forcing the English side on to the back foot. Maccabi were first to find the net in the 22nd minute when Alain Masudi headed past Pepe Reina following a goalmouth scramble but an offside flag rescued the Reds.

Crouch opener
Liverpool found goalkeeper Nir Davidovich in stubborn form at the other end and he did well to deny Luis García twice from close range, while Xabi Alonso also went close with curling shots before the Premiership team finally broke through in the 54th minute. Jermaine Pennant supplied the cross from the right for Peter Crouch to nod in the opener.

Colautti levels
Haifa levelled nine minutes later when Reina could only parry a shot by Brazilian Xavier Anderson into the path of Argentinian Roberto Colautti, who steered it into an empty net. The latter then went agonisingly close to forcing extra time with a stinging drive from 25 metres which Reina did well to palm over as Liverpool, who had Mohamed Sissoko stretchered off, finished the match in unconvincing fashion.

Last updated: 23/08/06 16.34CET

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Lineups

m. haifa

M. Haifa

liverpool

Liverpool

1
DavidovitchNir Davidovitch (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
3
HaraziAlon Harazi (C)
3
FinnanSteve Finnan
Yellow Card90+1
5
AndersonXavier Anderson
Yellow Card44
Substitution71
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä (C)
Yellow Card73
7
BoccoliGustavo Boccoli
5
AggerDaniel Agger
9
ColauttiRoberto Colautti
Goal63
10
Luis GarcíaLuis García
10
MasudiAlain Masudi
Substitution80
11
GonzálezMark González
15
XavirDirceu Xavir
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Yellow Card30
18
MagralashviliHaim Magralashvili
15
CrouchPeter Crouch
Goal54
19
OlarraRafael Olarra
16
PennantJermaine Pennant
Substitution85
20
KatanYaniv Katan
22
SissokoMohamed Sissoko
Substitution67
21
KeinanDekel Keinan
Yellow Card43
Substitution65
28
WarnockStephen Warnock
Substitution28

Substitutes

22
Al-MadonTom Al-Madon (GK)
1
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
11
ArbeitmanShlomi Arbeitman
Substitution80
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard
Substitution67
12
MeliksonMaor Melikson
Substitution71
12
Fábio AurélioFábio Aurélio
Substitution28
14
MeshumarEyal Meshumar
Substitution65
Yellow Card90+2
17
BellamyCraig Bellamy
Substitution85
2
KananIslam Kanan
2
KromkampJan Kromkamp
8
SuanAbas Suan
9
FowlerRobbie Fowler
17
GazalRavid Gazal
32
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden

Coach

Roni Levy (ISR) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Alessandro Stagnoli (ITA), Renato Faverani (ITA)

Fourth official

Andrea Romeo (ITA)

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