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Ghadir strike helps Haifa down AEK Larnaca

Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 23.20CET
Maccabi Haifa FC 1-0 AEK Larnaca FC
Mohammad Ghadir's header nine minutes into the second half earned a deserved victory for the Israeli champions.
Ghadir strike helps Haifa down AEK Larnaca
Mohammad Ghadir scored Haifa's winner against AEK Larnaca ©Getty Images

Match statistics

M. HaifaAEK Larnaca

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
2
Attempts off target10
 
6
Corners8
 
3
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed18
 
9
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
1

Standings

Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:51 CET

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Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 23.20CET

Ghadir strike helps Haifa down AEK Larnaca

Maccabi Haifa FC 1-0 AEK Larnaca FC
Mohammad Ghadir's header nine minutes into the second half earned a deserved victory for the Israeli champions.

Maccabi Haifa FC embarked upon their UEFA Europa League campaign with a 1-0 win against Group J rivals AEK Larnaca FC thanks to Mohammad Ghadir's second-half header.

The home side were rewarded for their territorial supremacy nine minutes after the break when Talb Twatha's delightful cross was met by Ghadir, who made no mistake from close range.

Yaniv Katan and Twatha provided much of the attacking inspiration for the Israeli champions as the hosts dominated from the outset. They created their first opportunity when Twatha was released down the left; his delicate cross was met by Idan Vered, whose effort was deflected agonisingly wide. The impressive Katan then set up Vered, but his powerful strike was well handled by Marco Fortin.

AEK Larnaca saw little of the ball but did create chances, with their first opening coming from a sweet Gregor van Dijk free-kick. The hosts failed to clear their lines and the ball fell invitingly for Ander Murillo, who fired just wide with the goalkeeper stranded.

After the break, a cute back-heel from AEK Larnaca's Miljan Mrdaković's set up Edwin Linssen, only for the Dutch midfielder to miss the target after snatching at his shot. At the other end, Katan almost doubled his side's advantage with a shot that stung Fortin's fingertips.

The visitors threatened to draw level when Eyal Meshumar inadvertently turned Njongo Priso's cross towards goal before scampering to clear off the line. However, the writing was on the wall for the Cypriot side when, with eight minutes remaining, Murillo was dismissed for his challenge on Marlon De Jesus.

Last updated: 17/09/11 0.13CET

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Lineups

m. haifa

M. Haifa

aek larnaca

AEK Larnaca

22
ŠaranovBojan Šaranov (GK)
14
FortinMarco Fortin (GK)
2
FalachSari Falach
5
van DijkGregor van Dijk (C)
4
DganiOrel Dgani
6
DimechLuke Dimech
Yellow Card52
6
YahayaSeidu Yahaya
7
LinssenEdwin Linssen
Yellow Card81
11
VeredIdan Vered
8
SkopelitisIoannis Skopelitis
Yellow Card71
Substitution79
13
TwathaTaleb Twatha
9
MrdakovićMiljan Mrdaković
14
AmashaWeaam Amasha
Yellow Card42
Substitution73
11
PavlouKyriakos Pavlou
Substitution65
15
GolasaEyal Golasa
Yellow Card34
18
MurilloAnder Murillo
Red Card82
16
GhadirMohammad Ghadir
Goal54
Substitution65
19
De ClerTim de Cler
20
KatanYaniv Katan (C)
Substitution89
20
DemetriouJason Demetriou
27
MeshumarEyal Meshumar
27
GómezRubén Gómez
Substitution65

Substitutes

44
EdriAmir Edri (GK)
1
NegriAlexandre Negri (GK)
7
BoccoliGustavo Boccoli
Substitution65
Yellow Card90+2
10
Gonzalo GarcíaGonzalo García
Substitution65
18
OsmanAli Osman
15
KastanasKostas Kastanas
21
T. CohenTamir Cohen
Substitution89
21
PrisoNjongo Priso
Substitution65
Yellow Card84
25
AzrielHen Azriel
29
MytidisNestor Mytidis
26
YampolskyDela Yampolsky
33
ProdromouMichael Prodromou
28
De JesusMarlon De Jesus
Substitution73
39
KingsleySunny Kingsley
Substitution79

Coach

Elisha Levi (ISR) Ton Caanen (NED)

Referee

Libor Kovařik (CZE)

Assistant referees

Krystof Mencl (CZE), Emil Ubias (CZE)

Fourth official

Radek Příhoda (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Miroslav Zelinka (CZE), Roman Hrubeš (CZE)

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