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Maccabi gain upper hand over Genk

Published: Wednesday 17 August 2011, 22.49CET
Maccabi Haifa FC 2-1 KRC Genk
Goals by Weaam Amasha and Vladimir Dvalishvili gave the Israeli champions  a first-half advantage which was halved by Maccabi old boy Elyaniv Barda.
Maccabi gain upper hand over Genk
Genk goalkeeper László Köteles is beaten by Weaam Amasha ©Getty Images

Match statistics

M. HaifaGenk

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
10
Attempts off target9
 
4
Corners12
 
9
Offsides5
 
3
Fouls committed11
 
17
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)53
 
47

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 17 August 2011, 22.49CET

Maccabi gain upper hand over Genk

Maccabi Haifa FC 2-1 KRC Genk
Goals by Weaam Amasha and Vladimir Dvalishvili gave the Israeli champions  a first-half advantage which was halved by Maccabi old boy Elyaniv Barda.

Maccabi Haifa FC will be hopeful of reaching the UEFA Champions League group stage for a third time after completing a narrow home win against KRC Genk.

First-half goals by Weaam Amasha and Vladimir Dvalishvili fairly reflected the nature of a game dominated by the hosts, but a 61st-minute strike against the run of play by former Maccabi striker Elyaniv Barda has given the Belgian champions heart of turning the play-off tie around in the return on 23 August.

Maccabi established an early stranglehold, taking the lead after eight minutes when Amasha skilfully brought down Eyal Meshumar's searching pass, held off José Nadson and drove in his fourth goal of the qualifying campaign.

Elisha Levi's charges continued to surge forward, almost doubling their advantage on 17 minutes when Dvalishvili's free-kick deflected against the crossbar. Though the visitors briefly sparked into life, when Barda screwed a shot wide moments later, Genk were soon two behind. A sweeping team move culminated in Eyal Golasa picking out Dvalishvili to score from close range.

Amasha and Idan Vered both squandered further chances before Genk threatened with a rare shot − Dániel Tőzsér's deflected free-kick brilliantly saved by Nir Davidovitch four minutes before half-time. The second period appeared to suggest a packed Ramat-Gan Stadium would be treated to more goals for the hosts, as Amasha fired wide after Vered played him into the area and Seidu Yahaya forced a fine save from László Koteles.

Yet, out of the blue, Genk scored, Barda popping up on the rebound after Kennedy Nwanganga had bust through and been denied bravely by Davidovitch. Boosted by their precious away goal, Jelle Vossen then had a chance to square the tie, cutting inside from the right but sending his low shot wide of the near post.

The visitors then came even closer when Khaleem Hyland's shot through a crowded penalty area was saved by Davidovitch, who then had to scramble Nwanganga's header off the line with a sprawling dive.

Last updated: 19/08/11 1.04CET

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Lineups

m. haifa

M. Haifa

genk

Genk

1
DavidovitchNir Davidovitch (GK) (C)
26
KötelesLászló Köteles (GK)
2
FalachSari Falach
4
JoneleitTorben Joneleit
Yellow Card84
5
I. CohenItzhak Cohen
6
HubertDavid Hubert (C)
6
YahayaSeidu Yahaya
7
HylandKhaleem Hyland
Substitution89
7
BoccoliGustavo Boccoli
Substitution65
8
TőzsérDániel Tőzsér
9
DvalishviliVladimer Dvalishvili
Goal28
9
VossenJelle Vossen
Yellow Card76
Substitution79
11
VeredIdan Vered
18
BardaElyaniv Barda
Goal61
13
TwathaTaleb Twatha
20
NadsonNadson
14
AmashaWeaam Amasha
Goal8
Substitution73
24
DurwaelTimothy Durwael
15
GolasaEyal Golasa
Substitution82
27
NwangangaKennedy Nwanganga
27
MeshumarEyal Meshumar
33
PudilDaniel Pudil

Substitutes

22
ŠaranovBojan Šaranov (GK)
32
LentzGilles Lentz (GK)
8
MagralashviliHaim Magralashvili
15
CamusFabien Camus
Substitution89
16
GhadirMohammad Ghadir
17
SimaeysJeroen Simaeys
19
AzulayShlomi Azulay
19
BuffelThomas Buffel
Substitution79
21
T. CohenTamir Cohen
Substitution82
21
NdabashinzeDugary Ndabashinze
25
AzrielHen Azriel
Substitution73
35
LimbombeAnthony Limbombe
26
YampolskyDela Yampolsky
Substitution65
52
WalshSandy Walsh

Coach

Elisha Levi (ISR) Frank Vercauteren (BEL)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Mike Pickel (GER)

Fourth official

Guido Winkmann (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Peter Sippel (GER), Christian Dingert (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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