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Genk hero Köteles hailed after triumph over Haifa

Published: Wednesday 24 August 2011, 9.31CET
Elyaniv Barda called keeper László Köteles "a hero" for his shoot-out saves against Maccabi Haifa FC which earned what Thomas Buffel hailed as "a huge result for Belgian football".
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

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Published: Wednesday 24 August 2011, 9.31CET

Genk hero Köteles hailed after triumph over Haifa

Elyaniv Barda called keeper László Köteles "a hero" for his shoot-out saves against Maccabi Haifa FC which earned what Thomas Buffel hailed as "a huge result for Belgian football".

"He's a hero," said Elyaniv Barda of KRC Genk goalkeeper László Köteles after the Hungarian saved Maccabi Haifa FC's first two shoot-out penalties to take the Belgian side into the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time in nine years. Genk prevailed 2-1 in 90 minutes to force extra time and Vladimir Dvalishvili and Eyal Golasa were denied in the shoot-out before Daniel Pudil's decisive kick. For Thomas Buffel, who scored the winner just before the break, "this is a huge result not just for Genk but for Belgian football".

we could have been three or four down in the first leg before we scored. This is a huge result, not just for Genk but for Belgian football
Thomas Buffel
Next year, if we win the championship again, maybe we'll do it [qualify for the group stage] because of the extra experience
Itzhak Cohen

Elyaniv Barda, Genk striker
It was very important to see our keeper save their first two penalties, it gave our penalty-takers more confidence. It was weird for me to play against the team I helped become [Israeli] champions twice, but there was no sentiment on the pitch, only afterwards. It's a great feeling for us and cruel for them.

Thomas Buffel, Genk midfielder
We began well and pinned them back looking for the goal, but in the end I think both teams were tired after giving it everything. All in all we came back very well – we could have been three or four down in the first leg before we scored. This is a huge result, not just for Genk but for Belgian football.

Seidu Yahaya, Maccabi Haifa midfielder
We're disappointed because we came here to win. We didn't start well, we were a bit slow, but we came back and took control of the game. We scored a perfect equaliser but we lost concentration and they quickly scored a second. We then had a few chances though didn't utilise them. That's football. Sometimes it happens this way.

Itzhak Cohen, Maccabi Haifa defender
We wanted to score an away goal, but it wasn't enough. Sometimes it's quality and sometimes it's luck; tonight it was luck. But we have a lot of talented young players in the team. Next year, if we win the championship again, maybe we'll do it [qualify for the group stage] because of the extra experience.

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