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Maccabi second best against Stoke

    Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Europa League’s hopes are all but over after they went down to a 2-1 defeat against Stoke City.

    Second-half strikes from Dean Whitehead and substitute Peter Crouch put Stoke in cruise control before Maccabi Roberto Colautti pulled one back with the last kick of the game.

    After a tepid first half, played in driving rain at the Bloomfield Stadium, Whitehead put the visitors ahead with a low drive after 51 minutes.

    England striker Crouch doubled the lead three minutes after coming off the bench – tapping home a cross from Whitehead.

    Stoke were comfortable throughout and Colautti’s last-minute strike proved no more than consolation.

    Tony Pulis, the Stoke manager, said: “It was a great performance. I thought the lads were brilliant.

    “There was a little bit of a lapse at the end but that's a little bit of tiredness. They huffed and puffed a little bit but we coped with it."

    Maccabi:: Levy, Saban, Cohen (sub: Vered 46), Pavicevic, Haris (sub: Kahut 66), Zizov (sub: Colautti 60), Yeyni, Lugasi, Puncec, Atar, Konate. Subs: Haimov, Checkul, Kahut, Seba, Mancherov

    Booked: Cohen, Puncec

    Goal: Colautti 90

    Stoke: Sorenson, Higginbottom, Huth, Upson, Wilkinson, Shotton, Diao (sub: Whelan 65), Whitehead, Palacios (sub: Arismendi 73), Jones, Walters 61. Subs not used: Nash, Pennant, Delap, Etherington,

    Booked: Sorenson, Jones

    Goals: Whitehead 51, Crouch 64

    Stat attack

    Shots:
    On target: Maccabi 8, Stoke 6
    Off target: Maccabi 6, Stoke 5

    Possession: Maccabi 54%, Stoke 46%

    Corners: Maccabi 4, Stoke 5

    Fouls: Maccabi 10, Stoke 12

    Group E table
    1. Stoke Pl. 4, Pts. 10
    2. Besiktas Pl. 4, Pts. 6
    3. Dynamo Kiev Pl. 4, Pts. 5
    4. Maccabi Tel Aviv Pl. 4, Pts. 1

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