Maccabi Tel-Aviv And Bnei Yehuda Advance In The Europa League
Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Bnei Yehuda both advanced into the third round of UEFA Europa League Qualifying with a tie and a win respectively. Maccabi Tel-Aviv visited Azeri side Khazar Lankaran after beating them in their first encounter in Tel-Aviv hoping to make it two wins in a row. However it wasn’t to be as Maccabi looked anemic playing against their hosts and were content to grind out a sloppy game in the midfield. Neither team had many chances, but the best of them went to the Azeris. The game ended 0-0, but not without some loss for Maccabi after Mounes Dabour twisted his leg and possibly injuring himself for an extended period of time. Maccabi will begin preparing for their opponents Zeljeznicar of Bosnia for next week. Meanwhile Bnei Yehuda put in workman-like effort against Andorran side with goals from Nenad Marinkovic and Pedro Galvan. Bnei Yehuda will face Swedish side Helsingborg in the next round, which will be a very tough task, considering the Swedes are in league play right now. So far Israel has 4 teams left for qualifying in European competitions but the task will only get tougher as they advance. Highlights of Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Khazar Lankaran are below.