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Maccabi Haifa recover to edge out Shakhter

Published: Thursday 12 December 2013, 23.08CET
Maccabi Haifa FC 2-1 FC Shakhter Karagandy
Shimon Abuhazira's fine strike ten minutes from time completed a stirring comeback as the hosts won the race for third in Group L.
Maccabi Haifa recover to edge out Shakhter
Shimon Abuhazira, pictured earlier this season, struck Maccabi Haifa's winner ©Getty Images
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Group L

PPts
AZ Alkmaar AZ612
PAOK FC PAOK612
Maccabi Haifa FC M. Haifa65
FC Shakhter Karagandy Shakhter62
Last updated: 20/06/2014 00:32 CET

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Published: Thursday 12 December 2013, 23.08CET

Maccabi Haifa recover to edge out Shakhter

Maccabi Haifa FC 2-1 FC Shakhter Karagandy
Shimon Abuhazira's fine strike ten minutes from time completed a stirring comeback as the hosts won the race for third in Group L.

Maccabi Haifa FC bowed out of the UEFA Europa League on a high as two goals in the last 18 minutes dragged them back from 1-0 down to defeat FC Shakhter Karagandy.

The visitors looked set to end the first ever campaign in a UEFA club competition group stage for a Kazakh side with the country's maiden win courtesy of Roger Cañas's penalty just before half-time. The Colombian substitute blasted down the centre of the goal, but Shoval Gozlan levelled on 72 minutes and Shimon Abuhazira quickly made it 2-1 with a well-taken goal as Maccabi Haifa finished third in Group L, consigning Shakhter to last spot.

The hosts made much of the early running on a miserable night in Haifa, and Stas Pokatilov had to be at his best to turn wide one low Idan Vered shot after a move as slick as the playing surface. But Shakhter, whose domestic season ended a month ago, gradually found their rhythm. Aldin Džidić had a sweet effort repelled by Amir Edri, but the goalkeeper could do nothing when Cañas stepped up after Ran Abukrat and Andrei Poryvaev tangled in the box.

Shmuel Scheimann had an early sight at goal in the second period, but Shakhter were well on top when a floodlight failure caused a ten-minute suspension in play after the hour. Maccabi Haifa emerged brighter after the resumption and Gozlan got them back on terms, rising to meet Rayo's corner with his shoulder. Abuhazira completed the turnaround, pirouetting on the edge of the box, taking Aldin Džidić out of the game in the process, before arcing a fine shot inside the far post.

Last updated: 14/12/13 0.04CET

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Lineups

m. haifa

M. Haifa

shakhter

Shakhter

22
EdriAmir Edri (GK) (C)
1
PokatilovStas Pokatilov (GK)
3
ScheimannShmuel Scheimann
Yellow Card49
3
VičiusGediminas Vičius
6
AbukratRan Abukrat
Yellow Card43
7
BayzhanovMaksat Bayzhanov
9
AzulayShlomi Azulay
Substitution53
14
FinonchenkoAndrei Finonchenko (C)
11
VeredIdan Vered
17
PoryvaevAndrei Poryvaev
13
TwathaTaleb Twatha
Substitution60
19
TarasovYevgeni Tarasov
Substitution39
16
RaiyanIsmail Raiyan
Substitution71
20
DžidićAldin Džidić
18
Gabai                         El'ad Gabai
25
MaliySergei Maliy
24
GozlanShoval Gozlan
Goal72
28
GhazaryanGevorg Ghazaryan
Substitution83
25
CocalićEdin Cocalić
87
SimčevićAleksandar Simčević
29
PylyavskyiAndriy Pylyavskyi
91
KhizhnichenkoSergei Khizhnichenko
Substitution84

Substitutes

44
ShushanRon Shushan (GK)
31
TkachukSergei Tkachuk (GK)
2
HabashiAyad Habashi
5
BorantaevAskhat Borantaev
5
FalachSari Falach
22
GabyshevMikhail Gabyshev
10
RayoRayo
Substitution60
24
DarabayevAslan Darabayev
12
NdlovuDino Ndlovu
77
LuninStanislav Lunin
Substitution83
17
TurgemanAlon Turgeman
Substitution53
78
ZenkovichIgor Zenkovich
Substitution84
19
AbuhaziraShimon Abuhazira
Substitution71
Goal80
88
CañasRoger Cañas
Substitution39
Goal44

Coach

Arik Benado (ISR) Viktor Kumykov (RUS)

Referee

Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)

Assistant referees

Vytautas Šimkus (LTU), Saulius Dirda (LTU)

Fourth official

Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)

Additional assistant referees

Sergejus Slyva (LTU), Nerijus Dunauskas (LTU)

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