Maccabi ready to hit ignition against Porto

Maccabi Tel-Aviv coach Slaviša Jokanović says that lessons have been learned as his out-of-sorts side seek a first win and point in Group G against halfway leaders Porto.

Maccabi react after their 2-0 defeat in Porto
Maccabi react after their 2-0 defeat in Porto ©AFP/Getty Images

Possible lineup
Maccabi Tel-Aviv: Rajković; Shpungin, Tibi, Ben Haim I, Rikan; Alberman, Igiebor, Mitrović; Ben Haim II, Vermouth, Zahavi.
Out: Itzahaki (thigh), Dasa (harmstring), Radonjić (ankle)
Doubtful: Tal Ben Haim I (back), Igiebor (knee)

Porto: Casillas; Maxi Pereira, Marcano, Martins Indi, Layún; Danilo, Rúben Neves, André André, Imbula, Corona; Aboubakar.
Out: André Silva (ankle), Maicon (thigh), Brahimi (thigh)

Slaviša Jokanović, Maccabi coach
I'm anticipating our best performance yet and looking for nothing less than a win. For many of our players, taking on teams like this is a new experience – you pay for every mistake. We want to show our supporters who we are and give something back to them. We will try to be focused and clinical. Our situation means we can't afford to take our chances.

Julen Lopetegui, Porto coach
My main concern is reaching the next round and tomorrow we can take a big step towards it. We have a lot of respect for Maccabi Tel-Aviv; they are a good team with good players and will have a lot of fans behind them. We will have to be at our best. We have an opportunity to improve our lot in the group.

Carlos García is in the goalscoring form of his career
Carlos García is in the goalscoring form of his career©AFP/Getty Images

Weekend results
Hapoel Tel-Aviv 0-1 Maccabi (García 86)
Carlos García's second goal in four outings earned Maccabi the derby spoils – the Spanish defender's previous 54 appearances had brought a solitary strike.

União P-P Porto
Porto were scheduled to face União on Saturday but the match was postponed because adverse weather meant their plane was unable to land in Madeira.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Maccabi: WLLLWW
Porto: DWWWWD

Did you know?
Maccabi have lost five of their nine UEFA Champions League games this season, qualifying included. Find out more in our extensive match background.

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