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Schalke debutants help see off Maccabi Haifa

Published: Wednesday 14 December 2011, 22.57CET
Maccabi Haifa FC 0-3 FC Schalke 04
Ex-Germany keeper Timo Hildebrand, with a penalty save, and goalscorer Andreas Wiegel enjoyed dream club debuts as Maccabi's campaign ended.
Schalke debutants help see off Maccabi Haifa
Schalke celebrate in Israel ©Getty Images

Match statistics

M. HaifaSchalke

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target4
 
8
Attempts off target1
 
5
Corners4
 
4
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed17
 
11
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 14 December 2011, 22.57CET

Schalke debutants help see off Maccabi Haifa

Maccabi Haifa FC 0-3 FC Schalke 04
Ex-Germany keeper Timo Hildebrand, with a penalty save, and goalscorer Andreas Wiegel enjoyed dream club debuts as Maccabi's campaign ended.

Former Germany goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand caught the eye on his FC Schalke 04 debut as the Group J winners helped end Maccabi Haifa FC's UEFA Europa League campaign.

The Israeli side began the day in command of their own destiny but Jurica Buljat's ninth-minute own goal was the worst possible start. They improved in the second period, and could have restored parity when an Alban Sabah handball gave Yaniv Katan his chance from the spot. Diving to his left, Hildebrand was equal to it and while late goals from another debutant, Andreas Wiegel, and Ciprian Marica sealed victory, FC Steaua Bucureşti's 3-1 triumph over AEK Larnaca FC confirmed Maccabi's exit.

A largely second-string Schalke, whose name in Friday's draw was secured amid a run of one loss in 11 matches, began with real freedom, and José Manuel Jurado had already gone a whisker wide after a sweet set of one-touch volleys when the visitors forged ahead. Marica sprang the offside trap, squaring towards Julian Draxler, in space at the far post; Buljat had to intervene but could only guide the ball into the roof of the net.

Idan Vered could have levelled almost immediately after cushioning Vladimir Dvalishvili's pass and stepping inside Benedikt Höwedes, but his scuffed shot brought a comfortable introduction for Hildebrand. It was a glimmer of light; for the rest of the half Schalke's dominant shadow loomed large, and only the alert Bojan Šaranov kept the hosts in touch, notably denying Draxler on 35 minutes.

Yet from the gloom, Maccabi emerged for the restart with real hunger and urgency, Katan orchestrating things as they pushed Schalke further and further back. Stresses began to emerge in the visiting back line now, and 18 minutes from time Sabah's handball threw Maccabi a lifeline – only for Hildebrand to promptly withdraw it. Marica and Wiegel cut them adrift once and for all.

Last updated: 16/12/11 0.22CET

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Lineups

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M. Haifa

schalke

Schalke

22
ŠaranovBojan Šaranov (GK)
34
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
2
FalachSari Falach
3
EscuderoSergio Escudero
3
BuljatJurica Buljat
Goal7
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes (C)
Substitution58
6
YahayaSeidu Yahaya
Yellow Card17
Substitution80
8
MaricaCiprian Marica
Yellow Card15
Goal84
9
DvalishviliVladimer Dvalishvili
Substitution56
11
BaumjohannAlexander Baumjohann
11
VeredIdan Vered
Substitution65
12
HögerMarco Höger
13
TwathaTaleb Twatha
18
JuradoJosé Manuel Jurado
Substitution84
14
AmashaWeaam Amasha
21
MetzelderChristoph Metzelder
15
GolasaEyal Golasa
Yellow Card44
22
UchidaAtsuto Uchida
20
KatanYaniv Katan (C)
Penalty73
28
MoritzChristoph Moritz
27
MeshumarEyal Meshumar
31
DraxlerJulian Draxler
Yellow Card32
Substitution65

Substitutes

1
DavidovitchNir Davidovitch (GK)
33
SchoberMathias Schober (GK)
4
DganiOrel Dgani
26
WiegelAndreas Wiegel
Substitution65
Goal90+2
5
I. CohenItzhak Cohen
29
P. HofmannPhilipp Hofmann
7
BoccoliGustavo Boccoli
38
SabahAlban Sabah
Substitution58
17
TurgemanAlon Turgeman
Substitution80
39
LanglitzAlexander Langlitz
Substitution84
25
AzrielHen Azriel
Substitution65
43
ZanderNils Zander
26
YampolskyDela Yampolsky
Substitution56

Coach

Elisha Levi (ISR) Seppo Eichkorn (GER)

Referee

Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

Assistant referees

Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA), Fredji Harchay (FRA)

Fourth official

Sébastien Moreira (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Olivier Thual (FRA), Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

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