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Maccabi hard work earns due reward

Published: Wednesday 19 August 2009, 23.30CET
FC Salzburg 1-2 Maccabi Haifa FC
Substitute Shlomi Arbeitman struck with six minutes remaining to give the adventurous Israeli visitors a surprise victory in Austria.
by Andy James
Maccabi hard work earns due reward
Maccabi Haifa's players celebrate after breaking the deadlock ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SalzburgM. Haifa

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
9
Attempts off target9
 
2
Corners8
 
5
Offsides0
2
Fouls committed16
 
20
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 19 August 2009, 23.30CET

Maccabi hard work earns due reward

FC Salzburg 1-2 Maccabi Haifa FC
Substitute Shlomi Arbeitman struck with six minutes remaining to give the adventurous Israeli visitors a surprise victory in Austria.

A goal six minutes from time from substitute Shlomi Arbeitman earned Israeli titleholders Maccabi Haifa FC a surprise win against FC Salzburg, leaving the Austrian team with it all to do in next week's UEFA Champions League play-off second leg.

Late winner
The visitors began the game the brighter of the two sides, taking the lead midway through the first half thanks to a header from Mohammad Ghadir. Salzburg slowly worked their way back into the game and equalised through Alexander Zickler on 57 minutes, but Maccabi were always a threat on the counterattack and Elisha Levi's charges snatched victory against the run of play through Arbeitmann.

Deserved lead
Salzburg did not have to wait long for the visitors to demonstrate their ability to turn defence into attack which saw them recover from 3-0 down to beat FK Aktobe in the third qualifying round. Eyal Golasa went close as early as the third minute with a fearsome drive from inside the area that was tipped over by Edward Gustafsson. Eyal Meshumar's probing runs on the right were proving an effective outlet and it was the full-back who fashioned a deserved opener, crossing for the unchallenged Ghadir to nod into the far corner.

Experience pays
It was an obvious setback for Salzburg but they slowly regained their composure and enjoyed a good spell of pressure as half-time approached, with former FC Bayern München striker Zickler's turn and low right-foot drive from just inside the box bringing a good save from Nir Davidovitch. Maccabi began the second period with a bang, almost scoring directly from the kick-off with a sweeping move that ended with a fierce Ghadir effort being tipped over by the impressive Gustafsson. However, at the other end Zickler was belying his age with a tireless performance duly rewarded when the 35-year-old outpaced the Maccabi centre-backs before stabbing past Davidovitch.

Major blow
Salzburg seized the initiative, Dušan Švento providing a constant threat at set-pieces as Maccabi's intricate passing moves began to wane. Yet the Austrian champions failed to make their chances count and were duly punished when Lior Rafaelov fed fellow replacement Arbeitmann to finish calmly past Gustafsson. Salzburg now have it all to do if they are to prevent Maccabi reaching the group stage for only the second time.

Last updated: 20/08/09 10.56CET

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Lineups

salzburg

Salzburg

m. haifa

M. Haifa

1
GustafssonEddie Gustafsson (GK) (C)
1
DavidovitchNir Davidovitch (GK)
3
DudićMilan Dudić
4
MaymonShai Maymon
6
SchweglerChristian Schwegler
Yellow Card66
8
CulmaJohn Culma
7
ZicklerAlexander Zickler
Goal57
Substitution68
9
DvalishviliVladimer Dvalishvili
Substitution76
8
AugustinussenThomas Augustinussen
Yellow Card56
15
GolasaEyal Golasa
9
NelisseRobin Nelisse
Substitution60
16
GhadirMohammad Ghadir
Goal22
Substitution65
13
TchoyiSomen Tchoyi
17
MasilelaTsepo Masilela
Yellow Card88
15
SchiemerFranz Schiemer
20
KatanYaniv Katan (C)
17
UlmerAndreas Ulmer
21
KeinanDekel Keinan
Yellow Card72
18
ŠventoDušan Švento
Substitution80
23
KayalBeram Kayal
Substitution69
24
LeitgebChristoph Leitgeb
27
MeshumarEyal Meshumar
Yellow Card17

Substitutes

33
ArzbergerHeinz Arzberger (GK)
22
EdriAmir Edri (GK)
11
JežekPatrik Ježek
Substitution80
3
HaraziAlon Harazi
14
OpdamBarry Opdam
7
BoccoliGustavo Boccoli
Substitution65
19
CziommerSimon Cziommer
Substitution60
11
BelloYero Bello
21
JankoMarc Janko
Substitution68
13
TwathaTaleb Twatha
27
RakićDjordje Rakić
19
ArbeitmanShlomi Arbeitman
Substitution76
Goal84
32
IlsankerStefan Ilsanker
26
RefaelovLior Refaelov
Substitution69

Coach

Huub Stevens (NED) Elisha Levi (ISR)

Referee

Iouri Baskakov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Tikhon Kalugin (RUS), Anton Averianov (RUS)

Fourth official

Maksim Layushkin (RUS)

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