Maccabi Tel Aviv desperate to end drought

The only real positive for Maccabi Tel Aviv entering the second half of its Champions League Group G campaign is that matters can only improve from here.

Maccabi is still without a goal or a point entering Wednesday’s clash with Porto at Haifa Stadium, sitting in last place in the group with a 0-8 goal difference. Tel Aviv suffered a 2-0 loss at Porto two weeks ago, but at least it wasn’t outplayed the way it was in the 2-0 home defeat to Dynamo Kiev three weeks previously and in the 4-0 loss to Chelsea in its group opener at Stamford Bridge.

The three-time reigning Israeli champion still has three more matches to play, but has every reason to be worried about joining the 2009/10 Maccabi Haifa as the only sides in the history of the competition to end the group stage without picking up a point or scoring a goal.


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