Match Summary Crvena zvezda vs Maccabi Haifa | UEFA Champions League
Crvena zvezda must reverse a one-goal deficit as Maccabi Haifa come to Belgrade to defend their 3-2 first-leg advantage in a play-off between two clubs who are both looking to clinch a third appearance in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
In an eventful first leg – the teams’ first meeting and Crvena zvezda’s first game against an Israeli club – Frantzdy Pierrot’s opener for the hosts in the 18th minute was brought down by Aleksandar Pešić (27) and Guélor Kanga ( 40 years old) before half-time. . Pierrot equalized for Maccabi Haifa after six minutes in the second half, before Tjaronn Chery’s 61st-minute winner gave the Israeli champions a lead to take over their Serbian counterparts.
Both clubs have already recorded emphatic victories in this season’s qualifying competition, a pair of 4-0 victories helping Maccabi Haifa through the second and third qualifying rounds while their Serbian opponents scored seven goals without conceding. in the third qualifying round.
Starting in the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2018/19, Crvena zvezda returned the following season – winning one game and finishing fourth in their section each time – but have not played since.
The Belgrade club have since lost twice in the third qualifying round, to Omonoia of Cyprus in 2020/21 (1-1, 2-4 pen) and Moldovan Sheriff last season (1-1 h, 0-1 a ). In 2021/22, Dejan Stanković’s side finished first in UEFA Europa League Group F with 11 points, but lost to eventual second-placed Rangers in the Round of 16 (0-3 a, 2 -1 hour).
Crvena zvezda entered the UEFA Champions League this season in the third qualifying round, beating Armenia’s Pyunik 5-0 at home – new signing Osman Bukari scoring a hat-trick – and 2-0 away.
Champions Serbia in 2021/22 for the fifth consecutive year, this is only the third UEFA Champions League play-off for Crvena zvezda, having beaten Salzburg to earn their debut in 2018/19 (0-0h, 2-2 a) and Young Boys the following season (2-2 a, 1-1 h), both scored away.
Crvena zvezda have won their last three European home games and five of the last six; a 1-0 loss to Midtjylland on Matchday 4 of last season’s UEFA Europa League is their only defeat in 13 European matches in Belgrade (W9 D3).
This is the 37th meeting in UEFA competition in which Crvena zvezda have lost the away leg. They have overturned the deficit on 14 of the previous 36 occasions, but in the 3-2 away loss their record is W2 L2 with a win in the most recent match, on away goals against Krasnodar in 2017/18 UEFA Europa League qualifying play-offs (2-1h).
Crvena zvezda’s UEFA record for seven shots on goal is W5 L2:
6-5 v Real Madrid, 1974/75 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-final
2-4 v AC Milan, 1988/89 European Cup second round
5-3 v Marseille, 1990/91 European Cup final
4-3 v Metz, 1998/99 UEFA Cup first round
6-5 v Omonoia, 2012/13 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
7-6 v Copenhagen, 2019/20 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
2-4 v Omonoia, 2020/21 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
Champions of Israel for the 14th time – and second in a row – in 2021/22, Maccabi Haifa are candidates to reach the group stage of the UEFA Champions League for the third time, and the first since 2009/10. Third in their section in 2002/03, when they recorded 3-0 wins at home to Olympiacos and Manchester United, they lost all six games without scoring seven seasons later.
Maccabi have missed qualifying twice since their last appearance in the group, including their only UEFA Champions League play-off when they were beaten 4-1 on penalties by Genk in 2011/12 (2-1 h , 1-2 a).
In 2021/22, they were knocked out by Kairat Almaty in the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round (1-1h, 0-2a), thus qualifying for the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League. They went through three qualifying rounds to reach the group stage but finished bottom of Group E with four points, the only win being a 1-0 home win against Slavia Praha on Matchday 3.
Maccabi’s 2022/23 European campaign began in the second qualifying round, where a remarkable 4-0 away win over Olympiacos in the second leg capped a 5-1 aggregate victory. Apollon Limassol of Cyprus was then beaten in the third qualifying round (4-0 h, 0-2 a).
The 4-0 win at Olympiacos in this season’s second qualifying round is the only of Maccabi’s last five European away games in which they have avoided defeat, and it is their only victory in their last seven matches (D1 L5).
Maccabi have now won two of their five matches against Serbian sides, a 1-0 win at home to Crvena zvezda’s Belgrade rivals Partizan in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage in the last encounter before this meeting. They had lost their first three matches, scoring one goal and conceding eight.
The Israeli club have won 12 of 15 European matches in which they recorded a first-leg home victory, most recently against Apollon in this season’s third qualifying round. It was the first time they had won the first leg 3-2, although their three aggregate defeats had come after a one-goal victory at home; they won the other two such encounters.
Maccabi Haifa’s record in four UEFA penalty kicks is W0 L4:
1-3 v Parma, 1993/94 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup second round
2-3 v Gloria Bistrița, 2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup second round
1-4 v Genk, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League play-offs
3-5 v Nõmme Kalju, 2016/17 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
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Maccabi Haifa centre-back Bogdan Planić is a former Serbia Under-21 international who played for Crvena zvezda in 2014, making five league appearances. He also represented Sloboda Užice (2011), Žarkovo (2011), Jedinstvo Užice (2012/13), OFK Beograd (2013/14, 2015-16) and Vojvodina (2016-17) in his native country.
Planić had lost all six of their games against Crvena zvzeda until the first leg of that encounter and was sent off in OFK Beograd’s 6–2 home league defeat on 19 July 2015.
Crvena striker zvezda Pešić has scored ten league goals in 23 appearances for Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2020/21. His record for the Israeli club against Maccabi Haifa was W1 D2, with two goals – a 90th-minute penalty in a 2-1 win on January 27, 2021 and his side’s second goal in a 2-0 draw. -2 on May 9 of the same year. his last appearance for the Israeli club. He scored three goals against them in the first leg when he deflected Aleksandar Katai’s shot.
Maccabi manager Barak Bakhar lost both of his UEFA Champions League play-off games in charge of former club Hapoel Beer-Sheva – to Celtic in 2016/17 (2-5 a, 2- 0h) and in Maribor in 2017/18 (2 -1h, 0-1y).