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Espanyol streak ends in Haifa

Published: Friday 9 March 2007, 0.48CET
Maccabi Haifa FC 0-0 RCD Espanyol Maccabi Haifa and Espanyol were both left to rue a series of missed opportunities in this first leg in Israel.

Match statistics

M. HaifaEspanyol

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
0
Corners4
 
3
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
17
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 9 March 2007, 0.48CET

Espanyol streak ends in Haifa

Maccabi Haifa FC 0-0 RCD Espanyol Maccabi Haifa and Espanyol were both left to rue a series of missed opportunities in this first leg in Israel.

Maccabi Haifa FC and RCD Espanyol were both left to rue a series of missed chances in a stalemate which ended the visitors' seven-game winning streak in this season's competition.

Entertaining encounter
Espanyol midfielder Mohamed El Yaagoubi came closest to scoring during an entertaining UEFA Cup Round of 16 encounter when he rattled the woodwork after the interval. But in truth both sides lacked a cutting edge and will need to be more clinical in the second leg next week - when Maccabi pair Dirceu Xavir and Abas Suan will be suspended.

Early openings
Espanyol, playing their first European tie on Israeli soil, almost fell behind in the third minute when Roberto Colautti's drive was saved by goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz. Yet after surviving the home team's early pressure, the Spanish club responded with Daniel Jarque directing a free-kick straight at Maccabi No1 Nir Davidovich. Home midfielder Lior Rafaelov was then presented with a glorious opportunity to break the deadlock but shot straight at Iraizoz from the centre of the penalty area. Haim Magrashvili blazed over before Rafaelov got his aim wrong from distance as the hosts continued to push forward before the interval.

Crossbar rattled
The second half saw little goalmouth action until El Yaagoubi went desperately close when his attempt from outside the box hit the crossbar following Francisco Rufete's cross in the 64th minute. Maccabi nearly punished them as Rafaelov volleyed over from close range as the game swung from end to end, while Magrashvili was equally wasteful when he hammered a shot high and wide when well placed. Espanyol had the chance to grab a winner in the dying stages yet substitute Albert Riera fired straight at Davidovich when it seemed easier to score. It summed up the night.

Last updated: 09/03/07 0.23CET

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Lineups

m. haifa

M. Haifa

espanyol

Espanyol

1
DavidovitchNir Davidovitch (GK)
1
Gorka IraizozGorka Iraizoz (GK)
3
HaraziAlon Harazi
19
TorrejónMarc Torrejón
21
KeinanDekel Keinan
4
LacruzJesús María Lacruz
18
MagralashviliHaim Magralashvili
21
JarqueDaniel Jarque (C)
5
AndersonXavier Anderson
30
ChicaFrancisco Chica
7
BoccoliGustavo Boccoli
22
MoisésHurtado Moisés
Yellow Card82
8
SuanAbas Suan
Yellow Card24
17
Mohamed El Yaagoubi Moha
Substitution74
15
XavirDirceu Xavir
Yellow Card55
9
De la PeñaIván de la Peña
Yellow Card40
Substitution63
26
RefaelovLior Refaelov
Substitution86
18
RufeteFrancisco Rufete
9
ColauttiRoberto Colautti
10
Luis GarcíaLuis García
Substitution85
20
KatanYaniv Katan (C)
Substitution70
7
PandianiWalter Pandiani

Substitutes

22
Al-MadonTom Al-Madon (GK)
25
KameniCarlos Kameni (GK)
14
MeshumarEyal Meshumar
12
VelascoJuan Velasco
19
OlarraRafael Olarra
20
CoroCoro
Substitution85
17
GazalRavid Gazal
Substitution86
6
Eduardo CostaEduardo Costa
Substitution63
Yellow Card65
11
ArbeitmanShlomi Arbeitman
Substitution70
14
ItoIto
6
KeiseAdoram Keise
11
RieraAlbert Riera
Substitution74
23
TamudoRaúl Tamudo

Coach

Roni Levy (ISR) Ernesto Valverde (ESP)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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