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Whitehead sets Stoke on way to Maccabi win

Published: Thursday 3 November 2011, 20.57CET
Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC 1-2 Stoke City FC
Second-half goals from Dean Whitehead and Peter Crouch earned Stoke a win that took them four points clear at the Group E summit with two games left.
Whitehead sets Stoke on way to Maccabi win
Dean Whitehead takes the acclaim after his strike ©Getty Images

Match statistics

M. Tel-AvivStoke

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target6
 
7
Corners4
 
6
Offsides5
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:39 CET

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Published: Thursday 3 November 2011, 20.57CET

Whitehead sets Stoke on way to Maccabi win

Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC 1-2 Stoke City FC
Second-half goals from Dean Whitehead and Peter Crouch earned Stoke a win that took them four points clear at the Group E summit with two games left.

Dean Whitehead scored one and set up another as Stoke City FC triumphed in Israel to cement their spot at the top of Group E, needing just one more point to secure a round of 32 spot.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC's own aspirations are all but over after a loss that ends their 12-game unbeaten European home record. A scrappy first half brought few chances, with only Ryan Shotton's deflected effort, which struck a post, and a Matthew Upson header providing excitement. Whitehead prevented another barren 45 minutes when he scored from an angle after the break and Peter Crouch then doubled the lead, before Roberto Colautti headed a last-gasp consolation.

With Stoke nine games unbeaten in Europe, Maccabi's home record was always going to be under threat. Yet there was little danger until, with 32 minutes gone, Shotton fired a loose ball into a crowded area and watched it hit a post via a deflection. Upson it was who had provided the last touch, and the centre-back then drew an excellent save from Barak Levy with a powerful header, forcing the 18-year-old to fling himself sharply to his left.

Maccabi were unable to threaten and were punished six minutes after the break, Andy Wilkinson helping the ball into the area and allowing Whitehead to burst onto it and slide in from the left. Crouch then entered the fray on the hour and doubled the Potters lead three minutes later, tapping in Whitehead's pass across the face of goal after his team-mate had beaten the offside trap to collect Kenwyne Jones's through ball.

Colautti rose above Robert Huth to flick a Sheran Yeini cross inside the far post on 91 minutes, but it was too late to prompt a Maccabi comeback.

Last updated: 05/11/11 0.12CET

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Lineups

m. tel-aviv

M. Tel-Aviv

stoke

Stoke

1
LeviBarak Levi (GK)
29
SørensenThomas Sørensen (GK)
Yellow Card90+4
2
SabanKlemi Saban
3
HigginbothamDanny Higginbotham
3
CohenUri Cohen
Yellow Card13
Substitution46
4
HuthRobert Huth
10
MedunjaninHaris Medunjanin
Substitution66
9
JonesKenwyne Jones
Yellow Card36
11
ZizovEli Zizov
Substitution60
15
DiaoSalif Diao
Substitution65
16
AtarEliran Atar
18
WhiteheadDean Whitehead
Goal51
17
PavićevićSavo Pavićević
19
WaltersJon Walters
Substitution61
18
KonatéMoussa Konaté
20
UpsonMatthew Upson (C)
21
YeiniSheran Yeini (C)
28
WilkinsonAndy Wilkinson
23
LugassiMoshe Lugassi
30
ShottonRyan Shotton
44
PunčecRoberto Punčec
Yellow Card33
40
W. PalaciosWilson Palacios
Substitution74

Substitutes

55
HaimovGuy Haimov (GK)
27
NashCarlo Nash (GK)
19
KehatRoi Kehat
Substitution66
6
WhelanGlenn Whelan
Substitution65
20
SebaDia Seba
16
PennantJermaine Pennant
24
ColauttiRoberto Colautti
Substitution60
Goal90+1
24
DelapRory Delap
27
VeredOmer Vered
Substitution46
25
CrouchPeter Crouch
Substitution61
Goal64
42
ChekolTayacho Chekol
26
EtheringtonMatthew Etherington
45
MancherovTom Mancherov
32
ArismendiDiego Arismendi
Substitution74

Coach

Motti Iwanir (ISR) Tony Pulis (WAL)

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