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November 22, 2012 8:05 PM GMT
Estadio Vicente Calderón — Madrid
Referee:‬ M. Hansson‎
Attendance:‬ 13595‎
 
 
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Raúl García
Raúl García
Atlético de Madrid
Emre Belözoğlu
Emre Belözoğlu
Atlético de Madrid
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Mor Shushan
Mor Shushan
Hapoel Tel Aviv
John Pantsil
John Pantsil
Hapoel Tel Aviv

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Hapoel Tel-Aviv: Raul Garcia winner sends holders into last 32

Diego Simeone's men progressed to the next round with a narrow win over the already eliminated Israeli side at Vicente Calderon

By Mohammed Ali

Diego Simeone - Atlético de Madrid
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Atletico Madrid booked a place in the round of 32 with a narrow 1-0 win over Hapoel Tel-Aviv in Group B of the Europa League on Thursday evening.

Raul Garcia's well-taken goal, after just seven minutes would prove to be difference between the two sides, in a largely defensive and turgid encounter.

Diego Simeone made eight changes from the game against Granada at the weekend, as he celebrated his 50th official game in charge of the holders. A typically weakened side, with the likes of Jorge Pulido, Domingo Cisma and Silvio handed starts.

After a controlled start, it took just seven minutes for the hosts to break the deadlock. Adrian Lopez's measured cross was poorly judged by goalkeeper Apoula Edel, as Emre took control to tee up Raul Garcia, who fired into the net.

Hapoel took a while to adjust themselves, but spurned a great chance soon after going behind. Roei Gordana's fine delivery from a corner saw Hanan Maman rise highest to power a header towards goal, but somewhat cruelly, it had flashed the wrong side of the post.

Atletico looked noticeably lethargic and disjointed as they suffered a shock 2-0 reverse at Academica two weeks ago, but there would be no such problems against the already-eliminated Israeli side. Adrian should've doubled his side's lead after a defensive mistake, but saw his tame effort blocked by Apoula.

Hapoel improved as the first-half progressed, and were unlucky not to be level as Tal Ben-Haim latched onto a fine pass from midfield, but against an acute angle, saw his shot evade Sergio Asenjo and into the side-netting.

Los Colchoneros could not exactly penetrate a solid back four, as Adrian struggled to test the opposition goalkeeper, with the attacking tempo soon significantly dropping.

Josef Abuksis' men were nevertheless, still in the game with a one-goal deficit, and were once more denied. Ben-Haim stumbled after controlling the ball past a static defence, but Asenjo's fine block at the feet of the striker would ensure his clean sheet would remain intact.

Simeone's charges were largely restricted for long periods of the second half, as neither side could fashion real goalscoring changes. A measured pass from midfield carved out an opening for Adrian, but the striker could once more not divert the ball past an on-rushing Apoula.

Despite the performance, the result was enough to qualify from Group B alongside Viktoria Plzen, as the holders now turn their attention to La Liga and an encounter with Sevilla on Sunday.


Atlético de Madrid

25
Sergio Asenjo
Goalkeeper
3.00
18
Jorge Pulido
Defender
3.00
23
Domingo Cisma
Defender
3.00
28
Silvio
Defender
3.00
6
Cata Díaz
Defender
3.50
4
Mario Suárez
Midfielder
3.00
8
Raúl García
Midfielder
7′ 29′
4.00
11
3.50
25
Emre Belözoğlu
Midfielder
7′
3.50
7
Adrián
Striker
3.50
9
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19
Diego Costa
Striker
58′
2.50

Hapoel Tel Aviv

3.50
30
2.50
4
Mor Shushan
Defender
3.00
-
3.00
-
3.00
4
3.00
3
3.50
-
Hanan Maman
Midfielder
3.00
14
Gil Vermouth
Midfielder
62′
3.00
21
Roei Gordana
Midfielder
77′
3.50
-
3.00
16

Substitutes

13
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23
Miranda
Defender
 - 
5
Tiago
Midfielder
 - 
6
Koke
Midfielder
58′
3.00
-
Saúl
Midfielder
 - 
-
A. Oueslati
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
22
Boris Kleyman
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
-
Ygal Antebi
Defender
 - 
-
Nahel Hotba
Defender
 - 
-
N. Lax
Midfielder
2.50
15
Salim Toama
Midfielder
62′
2.50
12

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