Europa League - Group D
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Europa League: Maccabi Tel Aviv 2-1 Dundalk

Dundalk's Patrick McEleneny is dejected after Dor Miha scored Maccabi's second goal
Dundalk's Patrick McEleneny is dejected after Dor Miha scored Maccabi's second goal

Dundalk's European run ended with a defeat away to Maccabi Tel Aviv which meant they finished bottom of Group D in the Europa League.

After forward Tal Ben Haim put Maccabi into the lead with a 21st-minute penalty, Stephen Kenny's men quickly hit back through an Eli Dasa own goal.

However, home skipper Dor Micha struck the knockout blow in the 37th minute.

As things turned out, Dundalk could not have gone through as AZ Alkmaar beat Zenit St Petersburg to finish second.

Dutch side AZ had gone in to the final round of group games a point above Dundalk and Tel Aviv, so their 3-1 win over group winners Zenit guaranteed their place in Monday's last-32 draw.

The result marked the end of an incredible European adventure for the club from County Louth, whose domestic season ended over a month ago.

They were just one round away from the group stages of the Champions League - losing to Legia Warsaw in the play-off - and then became the first Irish team to win points in the group stage of a European competition.

The only other Irish club to have reached the group stage of the Europa League were Shamrock Rovers in 2011-12, but they lost all six games.

Dundalk picked up four points from their opening two games, but then went on to lose their final four matches.

How they finished in Group D
How they finished in Group D

They made a bright start in Israel, suggesting they were capable of getting the result they needed, but after news filtered through that AZ had taken an unexpected lead in the Netherlands, it seemed that it was not going to be their night.

The League of Ireland champions did manage to cause a few early problems, especially a fizzing cross by Sean Gannon which was cleared frantically by the Maccabi defence.

Then came the first blow in the 19th minute. Dundalk defender Brian Gartland was caught in possession just outside his own box and the ball broke to Maccabi's Haris Medunjanin who went down under a challenge from Dundalk keeper Gary Rogers, who was booked.

There did not seem to be much contact, but that mattered little to Ben Haim, who beat Rogers to put his side 1-0 up.

Dundalk were back in business five minutes later. A low cross by Chris Shields led to the ball being turned into the net by Maccabi's Dasa, under pressure from Daryl Horgan.

But Maccabi struck for a second time to secure a 2-1 interval advantage, Dor Micha getting off a tame-looking shot that beat Rogers.

Line-ups

Maccabi Tel-Aviv

  • 95Rajkovic
  • 2Dasa
  • 18Tibi
  • 26Ben Haim
  • 20Ben Harush
  • 4Medunjanin
  • 23GolasaBooked at 11minsSubstituted forAlbermanat 82'minutes
  • 40IgieborSubstituted forBenayounat 84'minutes
  • 15Micha
  • 24Kjartansson
  • 11Ben HaimSubstituted forBen Basatat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Alberman
  • 9Ben Basat
  • 10Itzhaki
  • 17Yehezkel
  • 19Miller Tenenbaum
  • 21Filipenko
  • 51Benayoun

Dundalk

  • 1RogersBooked at 20mins
  • 2GannonSubstituted forO'Donnellat 68'minutes
  • 3GartlandSubstituted forBarrettat 45'minutes
  • 4Boyle
  • 14Massey
  • 11McEleneySubstituted forKilduffat 80'minutes
  • 10Finn
  • 5Shields
  • 18Benson
  • 7HorganBooked at 75mins
  • 9McMillan

Substitutes

  • 6O'Donnell
  • 8Mountney
  • 15Barrett
  • 16Kilduff
  • 19Shiels
  • 22Sava
  • 24Keane
Referee:
Robert Schörgenhofer
Attendance:
9,891

Match Stats

Home TeamMaccabi Tel-AvivAway TeamDundalk
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home21
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Maccabi Tel Aviv 2, Dundalk 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Maccabi Tel Aviv 2, Dundalk 1.

Attempt blocked. Vidar Orn Kjartansson (Maccabi Tel Aviv) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dor Micha.

Attempt missed. Ciarán Kilduff (Dundalk) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daryl Horgan with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Dundalk. Conceded by Gal Alberman.

Corner, Dundalk. Conceded by Omri Ben Harush.

Attempt blocked. David McMillan (Dundalk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dane Massey with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Vidar Orn Kjartansson (Maccabi Tel Aviv) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Predrag Rajkovic.

Yossi Benayoun (Maccabi Tel Aviv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robbie Benson (Dundalk).

Foul by Omri Ben Harush (Maccabi Tel Aviv).

David McMillan (Dundalk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Maccabi Tel Aviv. Eden Ben Basat replaces Tal Ben Haim II.

Attempt missed. Robbie Benson (Dundalk) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Chris Shields.

Substitution

Substitution, Maccabi Tel Aviv. Yossi Benayoun replaces Nosa.

Offside, Maccabi Tel Aviv. Gal Alberman tries a through ball, but Nosa is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Ciarán Kilduff (Dundalk) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Patrick Barrett.

Substitution

Substitution, Maccabi Tel Aviv. Gal Alberman replaces Eyal Golasa.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundalk. Ciarán Kilduff replaces Patrick McEleney.

Foul by Haris Medunjanin (Maccabi Tel Aviv).

Stephen O'Donnell (Dundalk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Maccabi Tel Aviv. Conceded by Patrick Barrett.

Attempt saved. Haris Medunjanin (Maccabi Tel Aviv) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dor Micha.

Booking

Daryl Horgan (Dundalk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Eyal Golasa (Maccabi Tel Aviv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daryl Horgan (Dundalk).

Attempt missed. Vidar Orn Kjartansson (Maccabi Tel Aviv) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Haris Medunjanin following a corner.

Corner, Maccabi Tel Aviv. Conceded by Chris Shields.

Tal Ben Haim (Maccabi Tel Aviv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ronan Finn (Dundalk).

Attempt blocked. Vidar Orn Kjartansson (Maccabi Tel Aviv) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eli Dasa.

Attempt missed. Dor Micha (Maccabi Tel Aviv) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tal Ben Haim II.

Foul by Eytan Tibi (Maccabi Tel Aviv).

Robbie Benson (Dundalk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundalk. Stephen O'Donnell replaces Sean Gannon.

Attempt saved. Eli Dasa (Maccabi Tel Aviv) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Tal Ben Haim.

Corner, Maccabi Tel Aviv. Conceded by Patrick Barrett.

Attempt blocked. Eyal Golasa (Maccabi Tel Aviv) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Tal Ben Haim II (Maccabi Tel Aviv) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Nosa.

Attempt missed. Haris Medunjanin (Maccabi Tel Aviv) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Eyal Golasa.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 8th December 2016

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fenerbahçe641186213
2Man Utd6402124812
3Feyenoord621337-47
4Zorya Luhansk602428-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Apoel Nicosia640286212
2Olympiakos62227618
3BSC Young Boys62227438
4FC Astana6123511-65

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Saint-Étienne633085312
2Anderlecht6321168811
3Mainz6231810-29
4FK Qabala6006514-90

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg6501178915
2AZ Alkmaar6222610-48
3Maccabi Tel-Aviv621379-27
4Dundalk611458-34

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Roma6330167912
2Astra Giurgiu6222710-38
3Viktoria Plzen6132710-36
4Austria Vienna61231114-35

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao63121011-110
2KRC Genk530211929
3Rapid Vienna613278-16
4Sassuolo51229905

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax6420116514
2Celta Vigo623110739
3Standard Liege61418627
4Panathinaikos6015313-101

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shakhtar Donetsk66002151618
2KAA Gent6222913-48
3Sporting Braga6132911-26
4Konyaspor6015212-101

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke650193615
2FK Krasnodar62138807
3RB Salzburg62136607
4Nice6204511-66

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fiorentina6411156913
2PAOK Salonika631276110
3FK Qarabag6213712-57
4Slovan Liberec6114712-54

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sparta Prague640286212
2Hapoel Be'er Sheva62226608
3Southampton62226428
4Inter Milan6204711-46

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Osmanlispor6312107310
2Villarreal62319819
3FC Zürich613257-26
4Steaua Bucharest613257-26
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