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2009-09-17: Hapoel Tel Aviv 2-1 Celtic, UEFA Cup
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- Europa League 2009-10
- Our first Europa League group game.
- We continued our poor form away from home in European group games. What the hell......
- McManus returned to the first team, and was captain (and was poor)
ReviewA game of two halves? Definitely as the cliche goes and the faults cover both the manager anf the players. McManus returned to the first team as captain but was way out of sorts. Nevertheless we still commanded the first half and led from a great strike by Samaras. Should have got more but were little troubled and we had most of the better possession.
Second half was woeful. We seemed to sit back and let the opposition take control. They had better possession despite being a poorer side, and when they took the lead it was through our own errors. McManus was out of sorts and allowed the attacker to get a cross in that should have been stoppeed and the rest was history. The Israelis took control and were gifted a second goal through some good work.
We did little thereafter and we'd embarrisingly lost. The israelis were a dirty fouling side too often and had too many fouls, and it was definitely stopping us in our tracks. Disapponting stuff from Celtic and we have to really piock up our act from here.
- 19Ben Dayan
- 06Natchoyellow card (Zahavi 68)
- 15Menteshashvili (Lala 54)
- 07Vucicevic (Merey 80)
- 26Yadinyellow card
- Vucicevic 75
- Lala 88
- 05Caldwell (McDonald 90) yellow card
- 06N'Guemo (McGinn 66)
- 46McGeadyyellow card
- 09Samaras (Killen 70)
- Samaras 25
- Hapoel Tel-Aviv 66%
- Celtic 34%
Shots on target
- Hapoel Tel-Aviv 6
- Celtic 1
Shots off target
- Hapoel Tel-Aviv 6
- Celtic 4
- Hapoel Tel-Aviv 1
- Celtic 2
- Hapoel Tel-Aviv 7
- Celtic 4
Hapoel Tel-Aviv 2-1 CelticBBC
By David McDaid
Celtic surrendered the lead as Hapoel claimed a deserved win in their Europa League Group C opener in Israel.
Following a slow start, Georgios Samaras fired Celtic ahead on 25 minutes with a well-taken low strike.
The Scots controlled the rest of the half, but Hapoel emerged for the second period re-energised.
With the visitors pinned back, Nemanja Vucicevic slammed in the leveller before Maaran Lala stabbed in the winner from close range on 88 minutes.
The defeat will leave a sour taste in the mouth for Celtic after leading for so long in the game, but their second-half display left a lot to be desired.
As a result of the reverse Tony Mowbray's men sit in third place in the group as Rapid Vienna recorded a 3-0 win over German league leaders Hamburg.
Having proven against Dinamo Moscow that they are capable of winning away from home after a barren six years of on their travels optimism was high that Celtic could repeat the feat against Hapoel, who have had an unremarkable start to their domestic campaign.
But in the stifling Israeli heat the hosts began, perhaps understandably, with much more pace than the Scottish visitors.
Hapoel's Bebars Natcho in particular looked energetic darting forward from midfield and with less than a minute on the clock he had a headed chance which he was unable to keep down.
Celtic, with a cautious 4-5-1 formation, had most of their early possession along the back four as the Israeli team retreated to defend en masse.
But the Glasgow club were denied the lead on 11 minutes when goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama made a dextrous save to tip Samaras' header on to the bar from Shaun Maloney's corner.
However, Celtic had Artur Boruc to thank at the other end for staying on level terms when he saved low from Vucicevic after a slide-rule pass had split the Scots' defence.
With 25 minutes played Celtic made the breakthrough.
Gary Caldwell, playing in a holding midfield role, picked out Samaras with a long pass, which the lone striker controlled on his chest before lashing low inside the far post.
Celtic looked comfortable following the goal, stringing passes together and slowing the match down, as Hapoel's early eagerness seemed to dissipate.
Zurab Menteshashvili stung Boruc's palms with a long-range effort towards the end of the half.
But a good first-half showing for Celtic was somewhat sullied by Aiden McGeady picking up an unnecessary booking for reacting to a foul.
Soon after the restart Uefa's extra official behind the Celtic goal remained impassive amid Hapoel penalty claims when a ball into the box flicked off Stephen McManus' arm.
And moments later Natcho's calls for a spot-kick were rewarded with a yellow card for a theatrical dive with no defender nearby.
But Hapoel had started the second period in the same vein as the first, and Boruc was again called upon to parry away a fierce Gil Vermouth shot.
As the half wore on Celtic posed less and less of a threat and eventually they were undone.
Right-winger Samuel Yeboah's ball across goal was only knocked weakly into the path of Vucecevic, and the Serbian midfielder cracked the ball into the roof of the net from 10 yards.
In the closing 15 minutes, Celtic survived a number of scares as Hapoel looked the more likely side to claim victory.
And agonisingly for Celtic, Lala lunged on the the six yard box to knock Vermouth's pass into the net for a deserved victory, as the visitors paid the price for a largely toothless second-half display.
Live text commentary
Story from BBC SPORT:
Published: 2009/09/17 18:52:48 GMT
© BBC 2011
- Full Time
- 90:00+4:58 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
- 90:00+2:26 Shaun Maloney takes a inswinging corner.
- 90:00+2:16 Andreas Hinkel sends in a cross, clearance by Deddi Ben Dayan.
- 89:55 Direct free kick taken by Vincent Enyeama.
- 89:55 Booking Scott McDonald goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
- 89:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Da Silva Douglas by Scott McDonald.
- 89:36 Substitution Scott McDonald on for Gary Caldwell.
- 87:27 The assist for the goal came from Gil Vermouth.
- 87:27 GOAL - Maaran Lala:Hapoel Tel-Aviv 2 - 1 Celtic Maaran Lala gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Hapoel Tel-Aviv 2-1 Celtic.
- 87:21 The ball is swung over by Gil Vermouth,
- 86:42 Samuel Yeboah produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
- 83:48 Effort from inside the area by Eran Zahavi misses to the left of the target.
- 83:13 Eran Zahavi is caught offside. Artur Boruc takes the free kick.
- 81:48 Maaran Lala takes a shot. Save made by Artur Boruc.
- 80:12 Unfair challenge on Aiden McGeady by Walid Badir results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gary Caldwell from left wing.
- 79:21 Substitution Nemanja Vucicevic leaves the field to be replaced by Victor Merey.
- 78:05 Effort on goal by Aiden McGeady from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
- 74:29 GOAL - Nemanja Vucicevic:Hapoel Tel-Aviv 1 - 1 Celtic Nemanja Vucicevic grabs a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Hapoel Tel-Aviv 1-1 Celtic.
- 73:43 Maaran Lala produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
- 72:30 Shaun Maloney is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Vincent Enyeama.
- 69:12 Substitution Christopher Killen replaces Georgios Samaras.
- 67:03 Substitution Eran Zahavi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Bebars Natcho.
- 64:54 Substitution Niall McGinn is brought on as a substitute for Landry N'Guemo.
- 64:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Caldwell on Da Silva Douglas. Bebars Natcho takes the direct free kick.
- 62:52 Deddi Ben Dayan produces a cross.
- 58:34 Samuel Yeboah is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Artur Boruc takes the free kick.
- 57:03 Headed effort from inside the box by Maaran Lala misses to the right of the target.
- 54:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Caldwell on Bebars Natcho. Bebars Natcho restarts play with the free kick.
- 53:36 Substitution Zurab Menteshashvili leaves the field to be replaced by Maaran Lala.
- 50:43 Booking Bebars Natcho booked.
- 49:52 Gil Vermouth takes a shot. Save by Artur Boruc.
- 48:12 Nemanja Vucicevic has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
- 45:01 The second half has started.
- Half Time
- 45:00+0:58 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
- 43:32 Aiden McGeady crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
- 43:32 Booking Aiden McGeady goes into the referee's book.
- 43:28 Booking Booking for Avichai Yadin.
- 43:00 Corner taken by Avichai Yadin from the right by-line. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aiden McGeady by Avichai Yadin.
- 42:17 Zurab Menteshashvili has a drilled shot. Save by Artur Boruc.
- 40:07 Daniel Fox fouled by Avichai Yadin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Landry N'Guemo.
- 37:07 Stephen McManus produces a cross.
- 33:24 Georgios Samaras produces a cross.
- 27:58 Georgios Samaras crosses the ball, Vincent Enyeama makes a save.
- 24:50 Assist on the goal came from Shaun Maloney.
- 24:50 GOAL - Georgios Samaras:Hapoel Tel-Aviv 0 - 1 Celtic Georgios Samaras scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hapoel Tel-Aviv 0-1 Celtic.
- 20:14 Aiden McGeady has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
- 18:45 Avichai Yadin concedes a free kick for a foul on Landry N'Guemo. Landry N'Guemo restarts play with the free kick.
- 18:31 The ball is delivered by Deddi Ben Dayan.
- 17:37 Deddi Ben Dayan challenges Georgios Samaras unfairly and gives away a free kick. Georgios Samaras takes the free kick.
- 15:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Landry N'Guemo on Bebars Natcho. Free kick crossed by Bebars Natcho, save by Artur Boruc.
- 13:14 Nemanja Vucicevic takes a shot. Artur Boruc makes a save.
- 12:17 Foul by Avichai Yadin on Aiden McGeady, free kick awarded. Aiden McGeady takes the free kick.
- 11:45 Georgios Samaras takes a shot.
- 10:46 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Glenn Loovens from the left by-line.
- 8:43 Nemanja Vucicevic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Artur Boruc takes the indirect free kick.
- 6:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Omri Kende on Shaun Maloney. The ball is crossed by Shaun Maloney, Header by Gary Caldwell from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
- 4:46 Nemanja Vucicevic crosses the ball.
- 0:53 The ball is swung over by Deddi Ben Dayan, Bebars Natcho produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
- 0:00 The referee gets the match started.
Mowbray feels the heat after suffering late defeat in Israel
18 September 2009Provided by: The Times
Tony Mowbray, the Celtic manager, will not use the heat and humidity of Israel as an excuse for their late defeat to Hapoel Tel Aviv in their Europa League group C opener at Bloomfield Stadium.
The Clydesdale Bank Premier League side looked to be cruising through the second half of the game after Georgios Samaras's 25th-minute strike had given them the interval lead.
However, with 15 minutes remaining, and Celtic wilting, Nemanja Vucicevic, the Hapoel playmaker, slammed in the equaliser.
There was further misery for Mowbray with two minutes remaining when Maaran Lala, a substitute, grabbed the late winner with the Celtic defence in disarray.
But Mowbray was reluctant to blame the stifling conditions for the disappointing start to their Europa League campaign.
"It was disappointing to lose in the manner we did with the two late goals, but once again I can't fault the players' effort," Mowbray said.
"I thought they stuck to the game plan very well but we played against a decent side and you could see they were building up a moment at a draining time in the game.
"But there are no excuses, they played well and ultimately over the 90 minutes they probably deserved their victory.
"They weren't threatening us, they were pretty comfortable but we always knew that the longer the game went on, they had to chance the game and they did that.
"The disappointment was the concentration levels in the last quarter of an hour weren't as high as they were.
"But we won't be using the conditions as an excuse and yet I was sweating watching the game, never mind running around for 90 minutes.
"It would have had a bearing but let's not take anything away from Hapoel's performance, they played very well in those conditions.
"The extra yard became more difficult to find the longer the game went on but my biggest frustration was that when we didn't play well with the ball when we had it."
Eli Guttman, the Hapoel manager, claimed that he had predicted victory at half-time despite his side being 1-0 down and apparently struggling.
He said: "I told my players at the interval that we would go on to win the game 2-1, never mind drawing 1-1. "It was one moment when we lacked concentration that cost us the goal. Even with 20 minutes to go I was still confident, we were the better team and we were making chances.
"At half-time I told the players that we would start taking risks even if it went against us.
"We started to press and I had noticed in the first half that when we pressed, Celtic lost the ball. So we deserved to win." (PA) Match report, page 94
(c) 2009 Times Newspapers Limited. All rights reserved
Football:Europe League: Celtic surrender their grip after Samaras raises hopes
18 September 2009Provided by: The Guardian
Vucicevic 75, Lala 88
Celtic surrendered a comfortable half-time lead against Hapoel Tel-Aviv to end up pointless in their Europa League Group C opener. Georgios Samaras' 25th minute strike had put Celtic ahead and they looked in control as the second half unfolded.
However, with 15 minutes remaining the Hapoel playmaker Nemanja Vucicevic struck a powerful equaliser before the substitute Maaran Lala grabbed the 88th minute winner. The visitors trooped off the pitch as shocked as the hardy band of Hoops' supporters who had travelled over to see their club's first game in Uefa's newly-revamped competition.
The game began at a decent pace and the added heat and humidity of the Bloomfield stadium had the Celtic players racing for water whenever possible.
Tony Mowbray's idea to have Aiden McGeady, Shaun Maloney and Scott Brown supporting Samaras was positive but nevertheless it was Hapoel who might have taken the lead with less than a minute played when the left-back Dedi Ben Dayan's cross to the back post found Bebars Natcho. The midfielder found enough height to reach the ball but from barely six yards out he cleared Artur Boruc's crossbar.
Samaras then saw a close-range header from a Maloney corner tipped on to the crossbar, but the complexion of the game changed when the visitors took the lead through their lone striker.
The Greece international controlled a through-ball by Gary Caldwell with his chest and took himself clear of the static Hapoel defence before dispatching a left-footed drive from 16 yards beyond the Nigerian goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama.
For the rest of the half, Celtic played with more confidence while the Israeli side seemed to run out of ideas and energy. In the 43rd minute Hapoel midfielder Zurab Menteshashvili tried a speculative snap-shot from 35 yards which Boruc rather theatrically knocked over and although the visitors sometimes looked vulnerable from set-pieces, they deserved their interval lead.
Uefa's decision to experiment with an extra referee's assistant behind each goal in their newly revamped competition was tested in the early moments of the second half when Ben Dayan lobbed a speculative ball in from the left for striker Samuel Yeboah to attack.
The covering Stephen McManus got his foot to the ball but it appeared to then strike his hand. However, none of the officials, including the referee, Paul Allaerts, were impressed, despite loud appeals for a penalty from the Tel Aviv players.
Seconds later Boruc was called into action to parry a powerful long-range strike from the Hapoel midfielder Gil Vermouth, as the home side and their fans sensed there could be a way back into
Niall McGinn, who made his Celtic debut against Dundee United on Saturday, made his first European appearance for the Hoops as a 65th-minute replacement for Landry N'Guemo.
But in the 75th minutes, and out of the blue, the home side levelled through Vucicevic. Yeboah, who moments earlier had headed over the bar from close range, made his way to the byline before cutting the ball back in the area and with the visitors' defence in disarray, the Serbian playmaker blasted high beyond Boruc. The Parkhead men were reeling and they met with disaster with two minutes remaining when Vermouth cut the ball back for Lala to knock in from close range, completing Celtic's misery. PA
Georgios Samaras, Celtic's goalscorer, is tracked by Omri Kende last night David Silverman/Getty Images
Hapoel Tel-Aviv 4-3-2-1
Enyeama; Kende, Badir, Da Silva, Ben Dayan; Menteshashvili (Lala, 54), Yadin*, Natcho* (Zehavi, 68); Vucicevic (Mare, 80), Vermouth; Yeboah.
Subs not used
Abarbanel, Gordana, Huta, Duani.
Boruc; Hinkel, McManus; Loovens, Fox; N'Guemo (McGinn, 66), Caldwell (McDonald*, 89), Brown; Maloney, McGeady*; Samaras (Killen, 70).
Subs not used
Zaluska, Naylor, Crosas, McCourt.
Referee P Allaerts (Bel).
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