22-year-old Nigerian-born Israel international striker TOTO TAMUZ (99) of FC Hapoel Tel Aviv, a purchase costing $ 350,000 from Beitar Jersualem at the beginning of September, has a shot at goal as Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen defender BENEDIKT HOEWEDES (19) is late to arrive at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)
UEFA Champions League
0 – FC Hapoel Tel Aviv (ISR)
0 – Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen (GER)
In a fairly even match with enough chances at each ends, the pair of World Cup first choice goalkeepers proved themselves to be impossible to beat as visiting German Bundesliga side SCHALKE 04 GELSENKIRCHEN drew 0-0 with FC HAPOEL TEL AVIV in Group B of the UEFA Champions League.
The point for FC Hapoel Tel Aviv, the second-most successful team in the history of Isaeli football, is their first ever in the UEFA Champions League. A year ago, Israeli club FC Maccabi Haifa were beaten in all six matches at the group stage of this tournament. The result against Schalke 04, however, does prohibit the possibility of FC Hapoel Tel Aviv qualifying for the knockout stage of this year’s competition.
FC Hapoel Tel Aviv went into the match without the Israel international pair of midfielder AVIHAI YADIN and striker ITAY SHECHTER, who scored the club’s lone goal in the 3-1 loss to Schalke 04 a fortnight ago in Germany.
FC Hapoel Tel Aviv’s airborne Brazilian defender DOUGLAS DA SILVA (3) plays the ball on the volley ahead of Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen’s Spain international striker RAUL BLANCO GONZALEZ, the former Real Madrid superstar and all-time leading goal-scorer in UEFA Champions League history, at the Bloomfield Stadium. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)
Both World Cup goalkeepers — Nigeria’s VINCENT ENYEAMA of FC Hapoel Tel Aviv and Germany’s MANUEL NEUER of Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen — were sharp for their respective teams; according to the official website of the UEFA Champions League website, Neuer was credited with six saves while Enyeama turned away five shots.
Spanish international striker RAUL, who scored two goals in the 3-1 win over FC Hapoel Tel Aviv two weeks ago, was a non-factor in the match for Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen.
Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen have made a terrible start to the 2010-11 Bundesliga season under manager FELIX MAGATH and stand second from bottom after winning just one of their first ten league matches. With the point in Israel, die Koenigsblauen do remain in second place in Group B of the UEFA Champions League on seven points. But, the Royal Blues will be disappointed to not have drawn level with French club Olympique Lyon, who lost in Lisbon to Portuguese side SL Benfica today.
Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen 21-year-old defender SERGIO ESCUDERO, who transferred from relegated Spanish second division side Real Murica to start this season in exchange for 2.8 million Euros, and FC Hapoel Tel Aviv’s Israel international midfielder GIL VERMOUTH (14) compete for the ball at the Bloomfield Stadium. (Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP)
FC HAPOEL TEL AVIV : Enyeama – Bondarv, Badeer, Da Silva (Fransman 42′), Ben Dayan – Vermouth, Zahavi, Abutbul, Toama (Shivhon 61′) – Tamuz, Sahar (Maree 70′)
SCHALKE 04 GELSENKIRCHEN : Neuer – Uchida, Hoewedes, Metzelder, Escudero – Kluge (Moritz 46′), Rakitic (Edu 74′) – Farfan (Deac 81′), Jurado – Raul, Huntelaar
Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER of Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen grabs the ball at the feet of FC Hapoel Tel Aviv’s Israel international striker TOTO TAMUZ at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv. (Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP)