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Kiryat-Eli'ezer Stadium (ATT 35,000) 3rd November 2009 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: T Hauge

Maccabi Haifa Maccabi Haifa (Isr) vs Juventus Juventus

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Juve cement second spot

Camoranesi strike puts Juve on brink of last 16

By Ben Collins.   Last Updated: 03/11/09 10:18pm

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Camoranesi: Claimed match-winner

Camoranesi: Claimed match-winner

Juventus moved a step closer to the Champions League knock-out stages with a 1-0 victory away to Maccabi Haifa.

Mauro Camoranesi gave Juve a deserved lead on the stroke of half-time and although the Italians were pegged back for much of the second half, they hung on to cement second spot in Group A.

With German giants Bayern Munich losing at home to group leaders Bordeaux it means Juve need just two points from their last two games to secure a place in the last 16.

Juve made four changes from the side that lost 3-2 at home to Napoli on Saturday and showed much greater urgency early on than they have in their previous group games this season.

Brazilian star Diego tested Nir Davidovitch in the sixth minute and the Maccabi keeper was out quickly to deny Amauri moments later.

Davidovitch was called on again to save a Diego free-kick before Maccabi, who welcomed back captain Yaniv Katan, gradually got a foothold in the game.

Buffon class

Juve needed two late saves from captain Gianluigi Buffon to hang on for a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago and the Italy No.1 showed again why he is arguably the world's best keeper.

Vladimir Dvalishvili bundled Yatan's corner beyond Buffon and despite lying prone in his six-yard box, Buffon had the strength and agility to claw the ball clear.

Dvalishvili then flashed a left-footed effort across goal but Juve were back on top as Amauri's shot was turned wide by Davidovitch.

Tiago chipped just over the Maccabi bar, while Dvalishvili had a 20-yard shot deflected wide, but Camoranesi opened the scoring in the second minute of stoppage time.

Diego picked out Martin Cacares with a superb diagonal ball to the right wing and Camoranesi steered the Uruguayan full-back's cut-back past Davidovitch from 12 yards.

Maccabi pressure

Mohammad Ghadir replaced Jhon Culma Jairo after the break and the substitute went close as Maccabi put Juve under sustained pressure for the first time, with Ali Osman having two shots blocked as the hosts struggled to forge a clear opening.

Despite being much the better side in the first half, Juve were again holding on in the closing stages and were relieved to see Shlomi Arbeitman head wide from Lior Refaelov's corner before Refaelov's teasing cross evaded Arbeitman and Ghadir.

But that was the closest Maccabi went and the Israeli champions remain without a point or even a goal after four group games.

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UEFA Champions League Group A

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 2 3
2 Atletico Madrid 2 3
3 Malmo FF 2 3
4 Olympiakos FC 2 3

UEFA Champions League Group B

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 2 6
2 Basel 2 3
3 Liverpool 2 3
4 Ludogorets 2 0

UEFA Champions League Group C

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Zenit St. Petersburg 2 4
2 Monaco 2 4
3 Bayer Leverkusen 2 3
4 Benfica 2 0

UEFA Champions League Group D

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Borussia Dortmund 2 6
2 Arsenal 2 3
3 Anderlecht 2 1
4 Galatasaray 2 1

UEFA Champions League Group E

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 2 6
2 Roma 2 4
3 Manchester City 2 1
4 CSKA Moscow 2 0

UEFA Champions League Group F

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 2 4
2 Barcelona 2 3
3 Ajax 2 2
4 Apoel Nicosia 2 1

UEFA Champions League Group G

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 2 4
2 Maribor 2 2
3 Schalke 2 2
4 Sporting Lisbon 2 1

UEFA Champions League Group H

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Pos Team P Pts
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2 BATE Borisov 2 3
3 Shakhtar Donetsk 2 2
4 Athletic Bilbao 2 1

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