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Köteles shines as Genk defeat Haifa on penalties

Published: Tuesday 23 August 2011, 23.58CET
KRC Genk 2-1 Maccabi Haifa FC (agg: 3-3, Genk win 4-1 on pens)
László Köteles earned a place in Genk folklore by saving two spot kicks in the shoot-out as the Belgian side edged into the group stage.
by Derek Brookman
from KRC Genk Arena

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Match statistics

GenkM. Haifa

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
8
Attempts off target9
 
8
Corners4
 
7
Offsides8
 
2
Fouls committed8
 
17
Yellow cards0
6
Red cards0
1
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 23 August 2011, 23.58CET

Köteles shines as Genk defeat Haifa on penalties

KRC Genk 2-1 Maccabi Haifa FC (agg: 3-3, Genk win 4-1 on pens)
László Köteles earned a place in Genk folklore by saving two spot kicks in the shoot-out as the Belgian side edged into the group stage.

László Köteles saved two penalties in the penalty shoot-out to help propel KRC Genk into the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time since 2002/03 at the expense of Maccabi Haifa FC.

Long before the spot-kick drama, though, the game had burst into life with three goals in rapid succession. Jelle Vossen struck first for the home side after 35 minutes, Eyal Golasa replied almost immediately for Haifa, but Thomas Buffel soon fired Pierre Denier's men back in front. The tie then remained locked at 3-3 into and through extra time. In the resultant shoot-out Genk prevailed 4-1.

Needing to score to progress, Genk started on the front foot. Daniel Pudil had the first clear opening after a slick interchange of passes with Elyaniv Barda but his shot was blocked by Nir Davidovitch. Only a last-ditch sliding clearance by Eyal Meshumar then denied Barda from reaching Kennedy Nwanganga's probing low cross.

Vossen was next to threaten, but his header from an excellent Pudil centre flew wide with half an hour gone. However, his moment was not long in coming. When Itzhak Cohen dispossessed Nwanganga inside the box the ball fell to the 22-year-old Belgium striker, who rifled it past Davidovitch.

The euphoria inside the compact stadium lasted a mere two minutes. That was when the lively Idan Vered drifted in from the right and found Golasa, who curled an exquisite shot past Köteles from the edge of the box. Yet four minutes later the Belgian champions were once again in front, Buffel firing in from 20 metres after pouncing on a loose ball.

Meshumar was the first to threaten after the break, but his shot after a strong run from wide on the right was deflected behind by Torben Joneleit. At the other end, Davidovitch brilliantly raced out to block as another substitute, Marvin Ogunjimi, broke clear.

With no further goals the tie moved into extra time. Vossen put a free header over and also shot too high during the early exchanges. Weaam Amasha came within a whisker of glory for the visitors on 105 minutes, but Joneleit deflected his side-footed effort against a post. Cohen was dismissed for a second booking with ten minutes to go but his side held on − only to fall at the final hurdle.

Last updated: 27/11/12 18.01CET

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Lineups

genk

Genk

m. haifa

M. Haifa

26
KötelesLászló Köteles (GK)
1
DavidovitchNir Davidovitch (GK) (C)
4
JoneleitTorben Joneleit
2
FalachSari Falach
Yellow Card76
6
HubertDavid Hubert (C)
5
I. CohenItzhak Cohen
Yellow Card11
Red Card109 ET
8
TőzsérDániel Tőzsér
6
YahayaSeidu Yahaya
Yellow Card54
9
VossenJelle Vossen
Goal35
7
BoccoliGustavo Boccoli
Substitution46
16
NgongcaAnele Ngongca
9
DvalishviliVladimer Dvalishvili
18
BardaElyaniv Barda
Substitution96 ET
11
VeredIdan Vered
Substitution79
19
BuffelThomas Buffel
Goal41
Substitution110 ET
13
TwathaTaleb Twatha
Yellow Card43
20
NadsonNadson
14
AmashaWeaam Amasha
Substitution112 ET
27
NwangangaKennedy Nwanganga
Substitution68
15
GolasaEyal Golasa
Goal37
33
PudilDaniel Pudil
27
MeshumarEyal Meshumar
Yellow Card34

Substitutes

32
LentzGilles Lentz (GK)
22
ŠaranovBojan Šaranov (GK)
7
HylandKhaleem Hyland
16
GhadirMohammad Ghadir
11
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
Substitution96 ET
18
OsmanAli Osman
17
SimaeysJeroen Simaeys
20
KatanYaniv Katan
Substitution79
24
DurwaelTimothy Durwael
21
T. CohenTamir Cohen
Substitution112 ET
31
OgunjimiMarvin Ogunjimi
Substitution68
25
AzrielHen Azriel
35
LimbombeAnthony Limbombe
Substitution110 ET
26
YampolskyDela Yampolsky
Substitution46

Coach

Pierre Denier (BEL) Elisha Levi (ISR)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Darren Cann (ENG)

Fourth official

Lee Mason (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Michael Oliver (ENG), Kevin Friend (ENG)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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