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All to play for after AEK Larnaca defeat Maccabi

Published: Thursday 1 December 2011, 21.26CET
AEK Larnaca FC 2-1 Maccabi Haifa FC
Goals from Gonzalo García and Gorka Pintado moved the hosts to within a point of their opponents and kept alive their Group J qualification hopes.
All to play for after AEK Larnaca defeat Maccabi
AEK Larnaca goalscorers Gonzalo García and Gorka Pintado celebrate ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AEK LarnacaM. Haifa

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
2
Attempts off target4
 
7
Corners3
 
4
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed14
 
20
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 1 December 2011, 21.26CET

All to play for after AEK Larnaca defeat Maccabi

AEK Larnaca FC 2-1 Maccabi Haifa FC
Goals from Gonzalo García and Gorka Pintado moved the hosts to within a point of their opponents and kept alive their Group J qualification hopes.

AEK Larnaca FC secured a narrow victory against Maccabi Haifa FC to stay in contention for the UEFA Europa League knockout stage.

Goals in each half from Gonzalo García and Gorka Pintado ensured Jurica Buljat's strike was no more than a consolation and condemned the visitors to a tenth European game on the road without a win. Victory means AEK move to within a point of their opponents, who sit second in Group J after FC Schalke 04's victory over FC Steaua Bucureşti.

The early stages were short on chances until the 14-minute mark when Maccabi's Itzhak Cohen hesitated in possession, allowing García to pounce on the loose ball and break clear before firing low past Bojan Šaranov. The visitors rarely threatened in the first half and, despite two half-time substitutions, were unable to get going after the break.

AEK took full advantage of their opponents lacklustre performance and extended their lead on 51 minutes. Quick thinking by Pintado on the right flank saw the forward get the better of Šaranov, brilliantly disguising his shot as a cross and beating the goalkeeper at his near post.

In the final stages the visitors began to pick up the tempo and exert pressure on their hosts. With 15 minutes remaining they gave themselves a lifeline when Buljat broke free on the right and drove the ball in at Alexandre Negri's near post.

The goal proved little more than a consolation for the visitors, though, and their two-year wait for an away win in Europe continues. Maccabi can wrap up second spot in Group J with a victory at home to Schalke on 14 December while Demetris Demetriou's charges travel to Steaua with both sides looking to capitalise on any slip-up by the Israeli club.

Last updated: 03/12/11 0.02CET

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Lineups

aek larnaca

AEK Larnaca

m. haifa

M. Haifa

1
NegriAlexandre Negri (GK)
22
ŠaranovBojan Šaranov (GK)
4
HoflandKevin Hofland (C)
3
BuljatJurica Buljat
Goal75
5
van DijkGregor van Dijk
4
DganiOrel Dgani
Yellow Card45+1
Substitution46
7
LinssenEdwin Linssen
5
I. CohenItzhak Cohen
10
Gonzalo GarcíaGonzalo García
Goal14
Substitution86
7
BoccoliGustavo Boccoli
Substitution46
18
MurilloAnder Murillo
9
DvalishviliVladimer Dvalishvili
19
De ClerTim de Cler
13
TwathaTaleb Twatha
20
DemetriouJason Demetriou
14
AmashaWeaam Amasha
21
PrisoNjongo Priso
Substitution86
15
GolasaEyal Golasa
23
PintadoGorka Pintado
Goal51
Substitution75
20
KatanYaniv Katan (C)
Substitution55
27
GómezRubén Gómez
21
T. CohenTamir Cohen

Substitutes

14
FortinMarco Fortin (GK)
1
DavidovitchNir Davidovitch (GK)
6
DimechLuke Dimech
Substitution86
2
FalachSari Falach
8
SkopelitisIoannis Skopelitis
Substitution75
6
YahayaSeidu Yahaya
9
MrdakovićMiljan Mrdaković
Substitution86
11
VeredIdan Vered
Substitution55
11
PavlouKyriakos Pavlou
18
OsmanAli Osman
29
MytidisNestor Mytidis
25
AzrielHen Azriel
Substitution46
39
KingsleySunny Kingsley
26
YampolskyDela Yampolsky
Substitution46
Yellow Card70

Coach

Demetris Demetriou (CYP) Elisha Levi (ISR)

Referee

Andre Marriner (ENG)

Assistant referees

Darren Cann (ENG), Simon Long (ENG)

Fourth official

Michael Oliver (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Taylor (ENG), Kevin Friend (ENG)

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