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Tel-Aviv make history

Published: Thursday 1 November 2001, 23.00CET
Hapoel Tel-Aviv pulled off the finest result by an Israeli team in the history of European club football when knocking Chelsea FC out of the UEFA Cup.

Match statistics

ChelseaH. Tel-Aviv

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 1 November 2001, 23.00CET

Tel-Aviv make history

Hapoel Tel-Aviv pulled off the finest result by an Israeli team in the history of European club football when knocking Chelsea FC out of the UEFA Cup.

Hapoel Tel-Aviv became the first Israeli side ever to reach the third round of the UEFA Cup after sealing a 3-1 aggregate win over Chelsea FC with a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

Stretched advantage
With five of the six players who had not travelled to Israel back in the team Chelsea were at full strength, and they had to be as Tel-Aviv were already 2-0 up from the first leg two weeks ago. The London side could have gone ahead as early as the fourth minute when Mario Stanic failed to convert a fine free-kick from Emmanuel Petit.

Heroic goalkeeping
Goalkeeper Shavit Elimelech was in inspired form, denying Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink twice in barely a minute, while his defensive team-mates performed similar heroics as Chelsea rained shot after shot down on the Tel-Aviv goal.

Slotted home
Against the run of play, Tel-Aviv stretched their aggregate advantage to 3-0 on 36 minutes when Slovenian striker Milan Osterc slotted home after Istavan Pishont had made the most of a defensive lapse by William Gallas.

Continual pressure
Gianfranco Zola, one of three attacking substitutes sent on by manager Claudio Ranieri at half-time, equalised after 64 minutes, but despite almost continual one-way pressure from Chelsea, Hapoel held on for a famous victory.

'Moment of joy'
"This is a great moment for Israel and one of the very few moments of joy for our nation in the last few months," Hapoel's owner and director Moshe Theumim said afterwards. "I am delighted for our club, the players and for the thousands of supporters who made the long trip here.

'Courage and heart'
"We have demonstrated that we might not have the budget or be as big as some other clubs in some ways, but we have courage and heart that maybe they do not have." He also praised his coach Dror Kashtan, as "the best coach in Israel".
"You will be hearing more of him," he added.

Goalkeeper hailed
Kashtan said: "I am so happy. This is a fantastic victory for the club as we have become the first Israeli side to reach the third round of the UEFA Cup. But it is also a historic moment for the whole country. My players were so courageous and I give Shavit Elimelech ten out of ten for the way he played in goal."
 
'A very bitter blow'

The mood was rather more downbeat in the Chelsea camp. "We played well enough, and created many chances," said manager Claudio Ranieri, "but to lose like this is a very bitter blow. I picked the side I thought would win this game - you need 13 or 14 players to win a game sometimes, but we had no luck tonight and paid the price."

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Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

h. tel-aviv

H. Tel-Aviv

31
BosnichMark Bosnich
1
ElimelechShavit Elimelech
Yellow Card82
6
DesaillyMarcel Desailly (C)
5
GershonShimon Gershon (C)
Yellow Card44
8
LampardFrank Lampard
6
HalmaiGábor Halmai
9
HasselbainkJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Yellow Card89
7
OstercMilan Osterc
Goal35
Substitution69
11
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
Substitution46
8
AbukasisJosef Abukasis
Substitution54
12
StanićMario Stanić
Substitution46
12
OnischenkoDenys Onischenko
13
GallasWilliam Gallas
15
CleşcencoSerghei Cleşcenco
14
Le SauxGraeme Le Saux
17
LuzBenzion Luz
Substitution16
17
PetitEmmanuel Petit
Substitution46
20
AntebiYgal Antebi
Yellow Card62
22
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
21
BacharIlan Bachar
26
TerryJohn Terry
Yellow Card67
32
DombAsaf Domb
Yellow Card58

Substitutes

23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini
22
RahaminNir Rahamin
10
JokanovićSlaviša Jokanović
9
BaliliPini Balili
Substitution69
18
FerrerAlbert Ferrer
3
HillelYakov Hillel
24
Dalla BonaSamuele Dalla Bona
Substitution46
19
PisontIstván Pisont
Substitution16
25
ZolaGianfranco Zola
Substitution46
Goal64
10
ToamaSalim Toama
Substitution54
32
ForssellMikael Forssell
Substitution46
16
KnafoAlbert Knafo
36
KeenanJo Keenan
23
HadadBeni Hadad

Coach

Claudio Ranieri (ITA) Dror Kashtan (ISR)

Referee

Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Assistant referees

Alain Dutheil (FRA), Francis Crelo (LUX)

Fourth official

Luc Wilmes (LUX)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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