Raul destroys Hapoel Tel Aviv

By Danny Caro, October 21, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv's European shortcomings came to the fore again on Wednesday night as they were beaten 3-1 by Schalke in Germany.

Raúl (2) and Jurado condemned last season's Israeli league winners to their third consecutive defeat in the Champions League Group B match with Itay Shechter claiming a stoppage time consolation.

Spanish legend Raúl took his European goal tally to 70 with a strike in each half. He opened the scoring after three minutes with Hapoel keeper Vincent Enyeama on top form to stop the Germans on numerous occasions including several athletic saves to deny Dutch striker Klass-Jan Huntelaar.

Eli Guttman, the Hapoel coach, said: "We dominated the first half and once again did everything right until the last 25 yards where our final ball simply wasn't good enough.

"The second goal broke us, and after that the third was just a matter of time. Shechter scored a late consolation but the difference is in the smallest detail.

"In Israel when a player fails to close down an opponent you say 'never mind'. When you give Raúl a millimetre of space you end up fishing the ball out of the back of the net.

Schalke manager Felix Magath said: "The win gives all who have criticised us a sign that we can play good football. We didn't only change the players [this summer] but also our style of play too, and that's difficult. It's not yet perfect but we will improve. Today it was simply a beautiful match. We have always played well in the Champions League but this win gives us a boost.

"I know what Raúl can do – I don't need to see any goals, I see nearly every day in training what a gifted player he is. He is a blessing for our team, an exceptional player. He's not only able only to score, but can also create chances. He will be happy about his two goals, he will enjoy it – but not with a glass of Rioja I hope."

The teams meet again in Israel in a fortnight.

Group B standings

1. Lyon Pl. 3, Pts
2. Schalke Pl. 3, Pts. 6
3. Benfica Pl. 3, Pts. 3
4. Hapoel Pl. 3, Pts. 0

Schalke: Manuel Neuer (capt), Benedikt Howedes, Christoph Metzelder, Lukas Schmitz, Atsuto Uchida, Christoph Moritz (sub: Ivan Rakitic 53) Jose Manuel Jurado, Jermaine Jones (sub: Joel Matic 75), Jefferson Farfan (sub: Junmin Hao 67), Raúl, Klass-Jan Huntelaar. Subs not used: Mathias Schober, Edu, Erik Jendrišek, Kyriakos Papadopoulos

Goals: Raúl 3, 58, Jurado 68
Booked: Farfan 38

Hapoel: Vincent Enyeama, Douglas da Silva, Walid Badir (capt), Gil Vermouth, Eran Zahavi, Shay Abutbul (sub: Salim Toama 57), Omri Kende, Gal Shish, Avihay Yadin (sub: Bevan Fransman 72), Toto Tamuz (sub: Ben Sahar 58), Itay Shechter. Galil Ben Shanan, Dani Bondarv, Yossi Shivhon, Victor Mare

Goal: Shechter 90+3
Booked: Vermouth 31

Last updated: 10:18am, October 21 2010