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Maccabi match APOEL to close on last 32

Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 22.54CET
APOEL FC 0-0 Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC
The Israeli champions need a point on matchday six to join Eintracht Frankfurt in the last 32 after a claustrophobic encounter in Nicosia.
Maccabi match APOEL to close on last 32
APOEL's Hélder Cabral (left) tracks the run of Maccabi Tel-Aviv's Barak Itzhaki ©AFP/Getty Images
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Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 22.54CET

Maccabi match APOEL to close on last 32

APOEL FC 0-0 Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC
The Israeli champions need a point on matchday six to join Eintracht Frankfurt in the last 32 after a claustrophobic encounter in Nicosia.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC edged nearer to a place in the UEFA Europa League knockout stage with a tense goalless draw away to APOEL FC.

Last time out in this competition the Israeli champions put four past an Eintracht Frankfurt outfit who tonight sealed top spot in Group F, but defending was the watchword in Nicosia. The first shot on target did not arrive until the 67th minute and though both teams went close neither could find a way through. Maccabi, in second, will advance with a point at home to FC Girondins de Bordeaux in a fortnight.

There was nothing between the sides in a claustrophobic first hour, with both defensive lines working hard to deprive their opponents of space. Orange and blue went two by two, any hint of attacking intent summarily muffled by a blanket defence. Only Barak Itzhaki threatened to break the resistance, rewarding Tal Ben Haim's fine cross with a half-volley he could not keep down.

Itzhaki it was whose 95th-minute penalty had been saved when these clubs drew 0-0 on matchday one, and perhaps spurred by a wish to make amends he endeavoured to prise openings. He so nearly did on 62 minutes, meeting a free-kick with a brilliant scissor-kick across goal that was just too high for Rade Prica. The game opened up and midway through the second period we even had a shot on target, a low drive from APOEL substitute Esmaël Gonçalves.

Ben Haim caused even greater panic in the Cypriot team's rearguard, sending a low strike towards the bottom corner that Urko Pardo superbly turned past the post. Maccabi menaced, and though they were denied they are on the brink of the last 32. Third-ranked APOEL must beat Frankfurt and hope Bordeaux do them a favour.

Last updated: 30/11/13 0.05CET

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Lineups

apoel

APOEL

m. tel-aviv

M. Tel-Aviv

78
PardoUrko Pardo (GK)
25
Juan PabloJuan Pablo (GK)
6
OliveiraMarcelo Oliveira
Yellow Card86
4
Ben HarushOmri Ben Harush
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides (C)
Substitution75
9
RadiMaharan Radi
Yellow Card73
Substitution86
16
ViniciusVinicius
10
ItzhakiBarak Itzhaki
Substitution81
21
ManducaGustavo Manduca
Substitution62
11
Ben Haim IITal Ben Haim II
Yellow Card75
26
Nuno MoraisNuno Morais
17
EinbinderDaniel Einbinder
27
BordaHaritz Borda
18
TibiEytan Tibi
28
Mário SérgioMário Sérgio
21
YeiniSheran Yeini (C)
46
AloneftisStathis Aloneftis
22
PricaRade Prica
Substitution68
55
Hélder CabralHélder Cabral
24
MitrovićNikola Mitrović
77
SolomouAthos Solomou
Substitution46
31
Carlos GarcíaCarlos García

Substitutes

22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
1
LeviBarak Levi (GK)
3
João GuilhermeJoão Guilherme
5
PeretzRefael Peretz
9
SheridanCillian Sheridan
Substitution75
6
AlbermanGal Alberman
Substitution86
11
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
Substitution46
13
DabburMunas Dabbur
Substitution68
20
SotiriouPieros Sotiriou
14
ZivYoav Ziv
23
Esmaël GonçalvesEsmaël Gonçalves
Substitution62
15
MikhaDor Mikha
25
ChristianChristian
29
AltmanOmri Altman
Substitution81

Coach

Giorgos Donis (GRE) Paulo Sousa (POR)

Referee

István Vad (HUN)

Assistant referees

Istvan Albert (HUN), Zsolt Attila Szpisjak (HUN)

Fourth official

László Viszokai (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Sandor Szabo (HUN), Zsolt Szabó (HUN)

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