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Maccabi fight back from the brink

Published: Wednesday 5 August 2009, 0.35CET
Maccabi Haifa FC 4-3 FK Aktobe (agg: 4-3)
Vladimer Dvalishvili's second-half double completed a stunning comeback by the hosts who were 3-0 down after 15 minutes.
by Ofer Ronen-Abels
Maccabi fight back from the brink
Yaniv Katan started Maccabi's extraordinary fightback ©Getty Images

Match statistics

M. HaifaAktobe

Goals scored4
 
3
Attempts on target20
 
7
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners11
 
1
Offsides5
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
6
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 5 August 2009, 0.35CET

Maccabi fight back from the brink

Maccabi Haifa FC 4-3 FK Aktobe (agg: 4-3)
Vladimer Dvalishvili's second-half double completed a stunning comeback by the hosts who were 3-0 down after 15 minutes.

Maccabi Haifa FC produced a remarkable comeback to book their place in the UEFA Champions League play-off round as the Israeli champions overturned a three-goal deficit in a 4-3 win over FK Aktobe.

Floodgates opened
Trailing 3-0 after just 15 minutes, Maccabi reduced the arrears with goals before half-time from Yaniv Katan and Eyal Golsa before Vladimer Dvalishvili then completed the turnaround with two strikes around the hour-mark. After a goalless first leg in Kazakhstan, the floodgates opened eight minutes into this return fixture with Evgeni Averchenko stunning the sell-out crowd at Kiryat Eliazer with a curling shot past Nir Davidovich.

Dreamland
Five minutes later, Maccabi's defenders left Anton Chichulin unmarked in the area to double Aktobe's lead and Vladimir Mukhanov's visitors were in dreamland on the 15-minute mark when Marat Khayrullin made it three. Maccabi looked to have dug themselves a hole too deep to climb out of, but captain Katan stirred hopes of a fightback when he pulled a goal back in the 26th minute.

Night to remember
After Golsa had made it 3-2 with a deflected shot after 34 minutes, Georgian international Dvalishvili equalised a minute before the hour, rising highest to head in from a Katan corner. At 3-3, Aktobe would still have advanced on away goals but Dvalishvili, a close-season signing from Skonto FC, had other ideas and sent the Maccabi fans into raptures three minutes later when he found space in the area and slotted in the winner. With the visitors tiring, Elisha Levi's hosts had chances to extend their lead but 4-3 proved enough on a night neither group of players will forget in a hurry.

Last updated: 05/08/09 10.11CET

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Lineups

m. haifa

M. Haifa

aktobe

Aktobe

1
DavidovitchNir Davidovitch (GK)
Yellow Card76
55
SidelnikovAndrei Sidelnikov (GK)
5
Jorge TeixeiraJorge Teixeira
Yellow Card84
6
ChichulinAnton Chichulin
Goal13
Yellow Card89
8
CulmaJohn Culma
8
SmakovSamat Smakov (C)
9
DvalishviliVladimer Dvalishvili
Goal59
Goal62
9
MitrofanovAlexandr Mitrofanov
Substitution60
16
GhadirMohammad Ghadir
Substitution65
10
KhairullinMarat Khairullin
Goal15
17
MasilelaTsepo Masilela
17
GolovskoyKonstantin Golovskoy
Yellow Card38
Substitution67
20
KatanYaniv Katan (C)
Goal26
20
KenzhisarievEmil Kenzhisariev
21
KeinanDekel Keinan
Yellow Card56
23
LogvinenkoYuri Logvinenko
23
KayalBeram Kayal
Substitution58
27
StrukovSergei Strukov
Substitution72
26
RefaelovLior Refaelov
Yellow Card24
Substitution31
30
AverchenkoEvgeni Averchenko
Goal8
27
MeshumarEyal Meshumar
33
LavrikAndrei Lavrik

Substitutes

22
EdriAmir Edri (GK)
29
BoichenkoSergei Boichenko (GK)
3
HaraziAlon Harazi
5
BadloPetr Badlo
Substitution72
4
MaymonShai Maymon
19
TleshevMurat Tleshev
Substitution60
7
BoccoliGustavo Boccoli
Substitution65
22
AsanbayevUlugbek Asanbayev
Substitution67
11
BelloYero Bello
24
KhokhlovNikita Khokhlov
15
GolasaEyal Golasa
Substitution31
Goal34
25
SemyonovMaxim Semyonov
19
ArbeitmanShlomi Arbeitman
Substitution58
77
BogomolovAndrei Bogomolov

Coach

Elisha Levi (ISR) Vladimir Mukhanov (RUS)

Referee

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

Assistant referees

Walter Vromans (BEL), Mark Simons (BEL)

Fourth official

Claude Bourdouxhe (BEL)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution