Maccabi Haifa Blows By Banja Luka
Maccabi Haifa got off to a good start in its campaign to qualify for the UEFA Champions League against Bosnian side Borac Banja Luka. Initially Haifa had a good start to the game, peppering the visitor’s goal with shots. However in the 24th minute Boris Rapudic scored after a mix-up in Haifa’s defense and gave the Bosnians some hope of taking away a lead back home. However Haifa was relentless and in an effort to get their attack going Elisha Levy brought on out of favor striker Vladimir Dvalishvili on to boost Haifa’s attack. The strategy appeared to pay off as Haifa got a goal from Wiam Amasha right before the first half ended. Coming into the second half Haifa seemed a bit sluggish and was struggling to find an opening against their determined opponents. However in the 71st minute Wiam Amasha struck again, this time being played in from a cross from subsitute Dela Yampolsky. However Haifa still felt insecure with a 2-1 lead and almost immediately after the goal Eyal Golasa found Dela Yampolsky with a great through ball and Yampolsky finished confidently to give Haifa a 3-1 lead. Haifa were still in the mood to score a few more goals, as not more than one minute later Wiam Amasha completed his hat trick by curling in a shot from the top of the 18 yard box. 4-1 to the good guys. However, the fun wasn’t over with yet. In the 80th minute Eyal Golasa made a neat run into the box and slotted home for the fifth goal of the game. Maccabi Haifa played keep-away from Banja Luka for the rest of the game and should feel comfortable going into the away match in Bosnia.