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Pragmatic Juve get job done in Haifa

Published: Wednesday 4 November 2009, 0.35CET
Maccabi Haifa FC 0-1 Juventus
Mauro Camoranesi scored in first-half added time to put the visitors in a strong position in Group A while also confirming their hosts' exit.
by Ofer Ronen-Abels
from Ramat Gan Stadium

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Match statistics

M. HaifaJuventus

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target2
 
6
Attempts off target6
 
6
Corners3
 
7
Offsides6
 
2
Fouls committed23
 
20
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 4 November 2009, 0.35CET

Pragmatic Juve get job done in Haifa

Maccabi Haifa FC 0-1 Juventus
Mauro Camoranesi scored in first-half added time to put the visitors in a strong position in Group A while also confirming their hosts' exit.

Juventus took a huge stride towards the UEFA Champions League last 16 after a dogged 1-0 win at Maccabi Haifa FC, whose fourth straight loss confirmed their elimination from this year's competition.

Dogged display
Mauro Camoranesi struck in first-half added time and his goal ultimately secured the points for Juve, who had the upper hand for large swathes of the contest but could not add to their tally. The win leaves them well placed to progress from Group A with a four-point gap over third-placed FC Bayern München, who lost at home to FC Girondins de Bordeaux, while the Israeli champions will look to overtake their German counterparts over the last two matchdays to secure the section's UEFA Europa League spot.

Buffon brilliance
The visitors put pressure on their hosts right from the opening whistle and Nir Davidovitch was soon called into action, beating away Diego's sixth-minute shot and then tipping wide the same player's free-kick. However, Haifa survived the early pressure and then nearly took the lead themselves, only to be denied by some brilliant goalkeeping. A 28th-minute Yaniv Katan corner was headed down by Dekel Keinan and Vladimer Dvalishvili reacted fastest, flicking the ball over a prostrate Gianluigi Buffon, only for the Bianconeri No1 to claw the ball away to safety.

Camoranesi intervention
The game's overriding pattern soon reasserted itself as Davidovitch had to charge out of his goal to deny Amauri after the Brazilian striker was released by Diego. At the other end, Martín Cáceres's last-ditch tackle rebuffed Devalishvili before the Uruguayan made a telling contribution in attack on the stroke of half-time. Playing with a facial mask to protect his broken nose, Cáceres picked up Diego's sweeping pass before delivering an accurate cut-back which was met by Camoranesi. The Italy midfielder hit a firm first-time shot which took a slight but significant deflection off Dekel Keinan to beat Davidovitch and give the Serie A outfit a lead at the break.

Last chance
With the knowledge that he had nothing to lose, Haifa coach Elisha Levi gambled on a more attack-minded formation as Mohamad Ghadir replaced Jhon Jairo Culma at the interval. In the 54th minute Amauri had an effort ruled out for offside before Diego, at the heart of all Juve's best work, flashed a shot wide of the post. The hosts' best, and final, chance came 13 minutes from time as replacement Lior Refaelov's telling cross beat the visitors' experienced back line, but eluded both Shlomi Arbeitman and Ghadir at the far post. The Italian side had settled for their lot and although Haifa pushed in the closing stages, they could not find a way past Buffon and are still without a goal or a point in this season's UEFA Champions League.

Last updated: 27/11/12 14.42CET

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Lineups

m. haifa

M. Haifa

juventus

Juventus

1
DavidovitchNir Davidovitch (GK)
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
5
Jorge TeixeiraJorge Teixeira
2
Martín CáceresMartín Cáceres
7
BoccoliGustavo Boccoli
Substitution71
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
8
CulmaJohn Culma
Yellow Card36
Substitution46
4
Felipe MeloFelipe Melo
Yellow Card36
9
DvalishviliVladimer Dvalishvili
Substitution56
6
GrossoFabio Grosso
17
MasilelaTsepo Masilela
Yellow Card26
11
AmauriAmauri
Substitution84
18
OsmanAli Osman
Yellow Card71
16
CamoranesiMauro Camoranesi
Goal45+2
19
ArbeitmanShlomi Arbeitman
18
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
20
KatanYaniv Katan (C)
28
DiegoDiego
21
KeinanDekel Keinan
30
TiagoTiago
Substitution60
27
MeshumarEyal Meshumar
33
LegrottaglieNicola Legrottaglie

Substitutes

22
EdriAmir Edri (GK)
13
ManningerAlexander Manninger (GK)
3
HaraziAlon Harazi
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
4
MaymonShai Maymon
17
TrezeguetDavid Trezeguet
Substitution84
13
TwathaTaleb Twatha
19
MolinaroCristian Molinaro
16
GhadirMohammad Ghadir
Substitution46
21
GrygeraZdeněk Grygera
24
ZaguriIsrael Zaguri
Substitution71
29
De CegliePaolo De Ceglie
Substitution60
26
RefaelovLior Refaelov
Substitution56
40
ImmobileCiro Immobile

Coach

Elisha Levi (ISR) Ciro Ferrara (ITA)

Referee

Terje Hauge (NOR)

Assistant referees

Frank Andås (NOR), Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)

Fourth official

Kristoffer Helgerud (NOR)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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