Maccabi Haifa won their first Champions League game in 20 years as Omer Atzili’s brace helped the Israel side defeat Juventus 2-0 in Tuesday’s group stage match at the rocking Sammy Ofer Stadium.
Haifa got off to a perfect start, taking the lead in the seventh minute when winger Atzili headed in a cross from Pierre Cornud, sending Juve keeper Wojciech Szczesny scrambling down the goal line after failing to keep the ball out.
Five minutes later, Tjaronn Chery’s free-kick came off the bar before Szczesny was forced into another save from distance as Juve struggled to prevail against a side they beat 3-1 in the second leg.
Haifa continued to press Juve, which paid off just before half-time when Atzili doubled the lead with a sharp shot at the near post of Szczesny and the Polish keeper caught the ball with his hand but couldn’t hold it back.
Juve had their chances but the visitors kept getting thwarted in the final third while American keeper Josh Cohen made a couple of nice saves to stay clean.
The result leaves the chances of third-placed Juve to reach the round of 16 hanging by a thread.