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Maccabi Haifa Advances With A Loss


Maccabi Haifa advanced into the third round of UEFA Champions League qualifying with a loss to Bosnian side Borac Banja Luka away after winning convincingly at home. Haifa looked like they were already looking ahead to the next fixture with Slovenian side Maribor, and it showed after they gave up a goal in the 9th minute. Nir Davidovic flopped at the in-swinging corner and Branislav Krunic headed in from close range giving the Bosnian’s a 1-0 lead. However the lead didn’t last very long when Haifa capitalized on an error from their hosts, Idan Vered squared the ball across the box allowing Vladimir Dvalishvili to tap the ball in at the far post and equalize for the visistors to 1-1. The Bosnians still didn’t give up and the 34th minute goalkeeper Nir Davidovic made an error after a scrum in the 18 yard box resulted in a shot from Branislav Krunic, but Davidovic couldn’t handle the shot and the ball went through his legs and into the goal. 2-1 to Banja Luka. Haifa appeared to settle down after half-time and in the 55th minute Haifa tied the game again, this time with Wiam Amasha squaring the ball for Vladimir Dvalishvili who coolly finished into an empty net to make it 2-2. Haifa sat back for the rest of the game, apparently settling for a draw, but the Bosnian’s were not to be deterred and they had their third goal after Haifa Defender Andriy Pylavskiy didn’t mark his man, allowing the Bosnian’s to have any easy goal. The game finished 3-2 to the hosts and Haifa will have many questions going into their next fixture especially their goal-keeping and the ability of the back four to effectively communicate.

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  1. Benny
    July 21, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    In a way the loss might be a blessing. Maybe now they’ll make the right adjustments on their defensive play and sitting Davidovic. They should have no problem beating Maribor. I think Haifa will play better as they move forward.

    • Benny
      July 21, 2011 at 11:30 pm

      …about the last goal they gave up, Im not sure if it was Buljat or Pylyanski, but one of them decided to drop back and give the Borac player a lot of space which led to them passing the ball at will in the penalty box.

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