Thursday November 3, 2011 Group Stage: Group E Finished Bloomfield

Maccabi Tel Aviv 1 - 2 Stoke City

  • Colautti 90’
  • Whitehead 51’
  • Crouch 64’

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  1. Stoke on brink of last 32 after win

    Stoke on brink of last 32 after win

    Stoke scored twice in 13 minutes to move to the brink of the Europa League knock-out stages with a 2-1 win at Maccabi Tel Aviv. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Maccabi Tel Aviv
    • Stoke City
    • 90+3' Sorensen booked in the dying minutes, but the whistle goes for full-time and Stoke have completed a deserved 2-1 win that leaves them on the brink of the last 32.
    • 89' We are into three minutes of injury time added on.
    • 88' GOAL!! Colautti heads home from Yeini's cross as the home side get one back. Didn't see that goal coming. Suddenly 1-2 in this game.
    • 87' Arismendi catches Konaté late, but Tel Aviv have lacked any sort of punch going forward.
    • 86' Atar caught offside from the pass by Colautti.
    • 85' Stoke continue to keep the ball. All so easy for the visiting side before Huth is caught late by Colautti.
    • 84' Saban flagged for offside as the rain continues to chuck it down in Israel.
    • 83' Vered fouls Arismendi before Stoke go backwards with the ball as they try to run down the clock.
    • 82' It all ends here then for Maccabi in Europe this season with only one point from four games. Not really got the quality for this level.
    • 81' Arismendi concedes a free-kick for a foul on Konaté.
    • 80' The drums still being banged by the home crowd, but this match is all but finished as a contest.
    • 79' Bit of hesitancy in the Stoke box before Upson wallops the ball up the park. Maccabi collect the loose ball. Colautti's shot saved by Sorensen.
    • 78' Maccabi picks up the loose ball in the centre of the park. Atar with the cross, but the move breaks down. Konate's cross is blocked and the home side have a corner.
    • 77' Whitehead on a run up front. Meanwhile, Konate is down on the ground and in need of a bit of treatment after being obstructed by Huth.
    • 76' Stoke fans enjoying their trip to Israel. They are milking the moment with their side leading 2-0 in this match, and surely heading for the victory.
    • 75' The home side would dearly love a goal, but difficult to see where it is going to come from. Stoke with plenty of bodies behind the ball.
    • 74' A goal for Besiktas. They lead Dynamo Kiev 1-0. Stoke will probably have to wait for another four weeks until the next round of fixtures to book their passage to the last 32.
    • 73' Colautti manages to fire a shot at the Stoke goal, but no real power on the shot as Sorensen dives on the ball to smother it.
    • 72' Arismendi brought on to take over from Palacios.
    • 71' Home fans continue to make some noise, but there has been nothing much to shout about from the home players. Stoke going to make their third change.
    • 70' Besiktas 0-0 with Kiev in the other group game. A win for Kiev this evening in Turkey would ensure Stoke's qualification with two games to go.
    • 69' Stoke set to halt their three-match losing streak after defeats to Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle in England. This should be a confidence-booster for them.
    • 68' A half-chance for Konate, but he drives the ball straight at Levy from the edge of the Stoke box.
    • 67' Crouch showing some excellent skill and awareness as he controls the ball before firing a volley wide of the target. Was not far off the goal from outside of the box.
    • 66' Konate goes down under pressure, but never a penalty. Tel Aviv just running out of ideas in this match.
    • 65' Kehat on for Maccabi Tel Aviv with Medunjanin leaving the action.
    • 64' Whelan replaces Diao for the visitors as Pulis again shuffles his pack.
    • 63' Stoke have been in control of this match all night long. Little or no danger to their hopes of collecting the three points now.
    • 62' Decent little ball by Whitehead into the middle as Stoke cut Maccabi open with Crouch unmarked in the middle for the tap-in.
    • 61' GOAL!! Crouch scores for Stoke from close range. Surely all over now.
    • 60' An offside flag goes up against Medunjanin as he tried to dash clear down the flank.
    • 59' Crouch takes over from Walters for Stoke. Crouch and Jones leading a powerful forward line for Tony Pulis's men.
    • 58' Change first then for the home side as Colautti replaces the injured Zizov.
    • 57' Zizov down on the deck and needing a bit of treatment as Crouch prepares to make his entrance.
    • 56' The home side again all very neat and tidy on the ball. Move ends with Konate firing a shot over from distance. We remain at 1-0 in favour of the visitors.
    • 55' Crouch is set to get brought on for the visiting side. Not much of an atmosphere in this ground, it must be said.
    • 54' Tottenham lost 1-0 to Rubin Kazan in other action this evening that leaves them third in Group A.
    • 53' Konate fires past the post from Medunjanin's cross. Goalkick to Stoke, who no longer need to chase this game.
    • 52' Atar unloads a shot from distance, but straight down the throat of Sorensen in the visiting goal.
    • 51' Stoke on course for knock-out stages. A win here would leave them on 10 points, and that is usually good enough for sides to go through in Europe.
    • 50' GOAL! Whitehead scores for Stoke! Walters ruffled a few feathers in the box, and Whitehead raced onto the loose ball to fire it under Levy. Stoke lead 1-0.
    • 49' Puncec takes out Palacios and Stoke have a free-kick before Diao has a shot blocked.
    • 48' Stoke quickly back in possession as Wilkinson races down a flank. Palacios then goes back to Higginbotham, but the final ball is poor again. Delivery not good enough.
    • 47' Change for the home side then as Vered replaces Cohen, who was booked in the first period.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second period.
    • 45' There goes the whistle. We remain at 0-0. Not the best match, but Stoke still look good for the win if they can find some extra quality.
    • 44' Not going to be much time added to this half.
    • 43' Hardly any home players in that box sniffing around for scraps as Logasi's delivery is headed out.
    • 42' Sorensen can't prevent the corner as Upson's poor header gifts the home side an attacking chance.
    • 41' Walter dashes through the middle. Fires the shot at goal, but he is offside as it hits the net. Very, very tight call by the referee.
    • 40' Walters on the run. Fires the ball across goal, but no takers on hand and the home side can clear.
    • 39' Zivov drives into the area, but ends up firing the shot across the face of goal. No takers on hand to finish off the move.
    • 38' Tel Aviv keep possession well, but do little else. Stoke making life hard for themselves in this first period. Final ball continues to let them down.
    • 37' Shotton almost in ahead of Cohen, but Levy comes off his line as Tel Aviv scramble the ball clear.
    • 36' Logasi throws over a cross. It deflects behind a visiting player for a corner. Chance for Cohen moments later at the back post, but he lifts the shot over the bar.
    • 35' Not exactly a classic this one. If Stoke score one, they may get a few more.
    • 34' Jones is then booked for a push on Pavicevic, who is guilty of an awful dive.
    • 33' Walters sees a header saved by Levy from Whitehead's free-kick. Shotton fires the rebound wide under pressure. Stoke so close to the opener.
    • 32' Handball decision goes against Cohen after he tussled with Shotton. Free-kick to Stoke.
    • 31' Puncec is booked for a cynical late challenge on Walters. Stoke back on the ball in the home half.
    • 30' Corner to be retaken. Whitehead again with the delivery, but this time Higginbotham flicks the ball off the post with Levy beaten. So unfortunate.
    • 29' Whithead with the corner. Refereee halts matters. Not happy with a bit of pushing between a couple of the players.
    • 28' Shotton with another long throw-in. Tosses it into the the Maccabi box before Stoke earn themselves another corner.
    • 27' Tel Aviv bottom of the table with one point. It shows in their play. General lack of intelligence at key points in their attacks.
    • 26' Medunjanin with the free-kick out wide. Plays the ball square to Logasi, but the shot from distance is easily held by Sorensen.
    • 25' Shotton brings down Zizov and the home side have a free-kick on the edge of the box out wide.
    • 24' Sorensen has yet to make a save in this match. Neither side with a shot on target. Stoke in control without anything to show for it yet.
    • 23' Atar gets a shot at goal, but Stoke have enough bodies back to make the block. Tel Aviv lacking ideas going forward.
    • 22' Saban with a poor pass into no man's land. Was a chance for Atar to trouble Sorensen, but the move breaks down and the visiting side have a goalkick.
    • 21' Whitehead with the corner. More poor defending by Tel Aviv, but Stoke can't get a header on it. Walters offside seconds later. Stoke on top.
    • 20' Chance for Jones over the top. Gets the volley away, but Yeini just does enough to get the tackle in. Corner to Stoke.
    • 19' Atar flagged for offisde and Stoke keeper Sorensen can hammer the ball long down the pitch.
    • 18' Walters runs down the channel, and the visitors have a corner. Stoke pick up the ball outside of the box after the corner comes to nothing.
    • 17' Walters guilty of handling the ball in an attacking area. Pity as Stoke were looking dangerous on the break.
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    • 15' Wilkinson races into the middle from the ball by Shotton only to hammer the effort over from the edge of the area.
    • 14' Cohen with an awful cross ball himself as he sticks it straight out of play. Poor, poor play.
    • 13' Disappointing ball seconds later by Shotton. Three or four crosses now that have been hopeless. Pulis making his feelings known.
    • 12' Cohen takes out Shotton, and there is the yellow card for a blatant pull on the shirt.
    • 11' Shotton with the ball into the box. Walters got a touch in, but no power on the shot. Levy takes the ball out of the air.
    • 10' Huth took a bit of a sore one there, but he is back on his feet. Goalkick to Stoke that Sorensen will launch down the pitch.
    • 9' Maccabi Tel Aviv with 18 league titles to their name in Israel, the most successful club in the country. Stoke pick up the ball at the back.
    • 8' Konate with the chip into the Stoke area from out wide, but disappointing end to that move as Sorensen comes to collect with some ease.
    • 7' Palacios goes in late on Zizov. Tackle was too heavy. Tel Aviv suddenly enjoying more time and space as they get the ball on the deck.
    • 6' Stoke are unbeaten in four European away games - and their nine game run stretches back to a 1972 4-0 loss against Kaiserslautern.
    • 5' Heavy first touch by Shotton out wide enables Konate to race back to make the tackle. Tel Aviv clear the danger.
    • 4' Shotton manages to bound beyond a couple of home players. Should have gone to ground for a free-kick, but the cross is poor. Goalkick to the home side.
    • 3' Whitehead with the corner for Stoke, but Huth powers the header over the bar. Simple move. Decent start by Stoke. On the offensive early on.
    • 2' Cohen puts the ball out for a corner as Jones threatended to get a cross in.
    • 1' We are off and running in this one in Tel Aviv. Stoke get the match underway.
    • 17.55 Teams in the tunnel. Tel Aviv in yellow, Stoke in red and white as the players walk onto the pitch.
    • 17.50 The Israeli side are hoping to avenge the 3-0 defeat suffered in England a fortnight ago, as goals from Kenwyne Jones, Cameron Jerome and Ryan Shotton made the difference before scorer Jerome and Maccabi's Yoav Ziv were sent off. Maccabi Tel-Aviv aim ok to lift themselves off the foot of UEFA Europa League Group E against a Stoke City FC side on a nine-game unbeaten run in continental competition.
    • 17.45 In 13 European games between English and Israeli teams, the English have the upper hand, with the record W8 D3 L2. No Israeli outfit has beaten an English side since 29 October 2002, when Manchester United FC lost 3-0 against Maccabi Haifa.
    • 17.40 Match odds for this one: Maccabi Tel Aviv 2/1, Stoke 11/8, Draw 9/4.
    • 17.35 Eurosport fired a few questions to Stoke boss Tony Pulis ahead of this match. Check out his answers in our regular feature The Dugout. The Dugout - Pulis: My sporting heroes
    • 17.30 Stoke manager Tony Pulis is looking for a response after the 3-1 home defeat to Newcastle in the Premier League on Monday. "We always knew this week was going to be a massive ask, and now the second and third games will seem even tougher for us following this result. This was the game where we hoped we would be nice and fresh, ready to go. But it hasn't worked out that way, so now we must make sure we bounce back in Tel Aviv."
    • 17.25 Maccabi's Yoav Ziv is suspended after his red card in the match in Stoke a fortnight ago. Stoke's Marc Wilson and Ryan Shawcross both sustained injuries against Newcastle on Monday and miss out, while Jonathan Woodgate was not named in Stoke's Europa League squad. Danny Higginbotham boosts the defence though and makes his first appearance in seven months after overcoming a knee ligament injury.
    • 17.20 Teams: Maccabi Tel-Aviv: Levy, Saban, Yeyni, Pavicevic, Cohen, Puncec, Lugasi, Medunjanin, Zizov, Konate, Atar..subs: Haimov, Kahat, Seba, Colautti, Vered, Checkul, Mancherov////Stoke: Sorensen, Huth, Higginbotham, Upson, Wilkinson, Shotton, Palacios, Whitehead, Diao, Jones, Walters..subs: Nash, Whelan, Pennant, Delap, Crouch, Etherington, Arismendi////Referee: Duarte Gomes (Portugal)
    • 17.15 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Stoke City versus Maccabi Tel Aviv from Group E of the Europa League group stages.
  • Summary

    • 88' GOAL!! Colautti heads home from Yeini's cross as the home side get one back. Didn't see that goal coming. Suddenly 1-2 in this game.
    • 67' Crouch showing some excellent skill and awareness as he controls the ball before firing a volley wide of the target. Was not far off the goal from outside of the box.
    • 61' GOAL!! Crouch scores for Stoke from close range. Surely all over now.
    • 50' GOAL! Whitehead scores for Stoke! Walters ruffled a few feathers in the box, and Whitehead raced onto the loose ball to fire it under Levy. Stoke lead 1-0.
    • 36' Logasi throws over a cross. It deflects behind a visiting player for a corner. Chance for Cohen moments later at the back post, but he lifts the shot over the bar.
    • 33' Walters sees a header saved by Levy from Whitehead's free-kick. Shotton fires the rebound wide under pressure. Stoke so close to the opener.
    • 30' Corner to be retaken. Whitehead again with the delivery, but this time Higginbotham flicks the ball off the post with Levy beaten. So unfortunate.
    • 17.20 Teams: Maccabi Tel-Aviv: Levy, Saban, Yeyni, Pavicevic, Cohen, Puncec, Lugasi, Medunjanin, Zizov, Konate, Atar..subs: Haimov, Kahat, Seba, Colautti, Vered, Checkul, Mancherov////Stoke: Sorensen, Huth, Higginbotham, Upson, Wilkinson, Shotton, Palacios, Whitehead, Diao, Jones, Walters..subs: Nash, Whelan, Pennant, Delap, Crouch, Etherington, Arismendi////Referee: Duarte Gomes (Portugal)

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Maccabi Tel Aviv

    Manager: Motti Ivanir

  • Stoke City

    Manager: Tony Pulis

  • Line-up

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      Substitution Out60′ 2.3 -
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      Substitution Out74′ 7 -
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      Substitution Out61′ 7.8 -
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      Substitution In65′ 7 -
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