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Zahavi strikes as Maccabi Tel-Aviv make history

Published: Thursday 12 December 2013, 20.51CET
Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC 1-0 FC Girondins de Bordeaux
Eran Zahavi converted a 74th-minute penalty as the Israeli champions extended their European campaign into the new year for the first time.
Zahavi strikes as Maccabi Tel-Aviv make history
Eran Zahavi scored for Maccabi ©AFP/Getty Images
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Published: Thursday 12 December 2013, 20.51CET

Zahavi strikes as Maccabi Tel-Aviv make history

Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC 1-0 FC Girondins de Bordeaux
Eran Zahavi converted a 74th-minute penalty as the Israeli champions extended their European campaign into the new year for the first time.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC will play European football in the spring for the first time after sealing their place in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 with a 1-0 victory.

The Israeli champions went into the game knowing a point against eliminated FC Girondins de Bordeaux would confirm progress from Group F, but they were clearly unwilling to leave anything to chance. Paulo Sousa's side missed a host of chances, yet they were finally able to relax a little when Eran Zahavi converted a 74th-minute penalty, Matthieu Chalmé having caught Munas Dabbur with a high foot that also brought the defender a red card.

Amid driving rain, both sides could perhaps be forgiven the leaden start, though Bordeaux's experimental lineup eventually found a spring in their step as their young players sought to leave their mark. A more familiar name then came close to making a telling impression on 32 minutes, Diego Rolán springing the offside trap to meet a perfectly timed through ball, only for Juan Pablo to block at his feet.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv, hitherto content to soak up pressure, now had their wake-up call and immediately stepped up a gear. Barak Itzhaki was their driving force, heading one chance over and another wide before half-time. Soon after the restart, he went closer still, reacting quickest when Maharan Radi's free-kick was deflected but steering his effort just beyond a post.

By now, Maccabi were camped in the Bordeaux half, dominating possession if not creating many clear-cut opportunities. Until, that is, Chalmé's raised foot caught Dabbur in the face and the referee pointed to the spot. Zahavi duly converted as Maccabi sealed second spot in Group F and a place in Monday's draw.

Last updated: 14/12/13 0.02CET

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Lineups

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M. Tel-Aviv

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Bordeaux

25
Juan PabloJuan Pablo (GK)
30
OlimpaKevin Olimpa (GK)
4
Ben HarushOmri Ben Harush
2
SavićVujadin Savić
6
AlbermanGal Alberman
5
BréchetJérémie Bréchet
7
ZahaviEran Zahavi
Goal74
Substitution78
8
Ben KhalfallahFahid Ben Khalfallah
Yellow Card79
9
RadiMaharan Radi
9
RolánDiego Rolán
10
ItzhakiBarak Itzhaki
Yellow Card52
Substitution66
11
BellionDavid Bellion
13
DabburMunas Dabbur
12
SackoHadi Sacko
18
TibiEytan Tibi
Yellow Card65
21
ChalméMatthieu Chalmé (C)
Yellow Card8
Red Card73
21
YeiniSheran Yeini (C)
27
PlanusMarc Planus
29
AltmanOmri Altman
Substitution73
29
PoundjéMaxime Poundjé
31
Carlos GarcíaCarlos García
35
D'AlmeidaSessi D'Almeida
Substitution75

Substitutes

1
LeviBarak Levi (GK)
1
JugAžbe Jug (GK)
11
Ben HaimTal Ben Haim
Substitution73
23
OrbanLucas Orban
14
ZivYoav Ziv
Substitution78
34
TouréThomas Touré
15
MikhaDor Mikha
36
BarbetYoann Barbet
17
EinbinderDaniel Einbinder
37
PellenardTheo Pellenard
Substitution75
22
PricaRade Prica
24
MitrovićNikola Mitrović
Substitution66

Coach

Paulo Sousa (POR) Francis Gillot (FRA)

Referee

Serhiy Boiko (UKR)

Assistant referees

Serhiy Bekker (UKR), Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)

Fourth official

Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)

Additional assistant referees

Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR), Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)

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