Itai Shechter Hapoel 311.
(photo credit: Assaf Kilger)
Hapoel Tel Aviv secured its progress to the third qualifying round of the
Champions League on Wednesday night, beating FK Zeljeznicar 1-0 in Sarajevo to
complete a 6-0 aggregate victory.
After scoring five goals in 28 minutes
against the Bosnian champion at Bloomfield Stadium last week, there was little
doubt Hapoel would advance to the third qualifying round.
Gutman started the same lineup he used in the first leg, but Hapoel played at a
pedestrian pace throughout the encounter in Bosnia.
Aviv would score the only goal of the night, with Douglas da Silva finding the
back of the net in the 76th minute.
Hapoel will visit FK Aktobe in the
first leg of third qualifying round next week, after the Kazakh champion
completed a 3-1 aggregate victory over FC Olimpi Rustavi of Georgia on
Wednesday, drawing 1-1 on the road.
Tel Aviv should have Israeli striker
Ben Sahar at its disposal by next week, with the 20-year-old announcing on
Wednesday that he is joining the Reds on-loan from Spanish club
Hapoel and Espanyol have yet to reach an official agreement,
but the Israeli champion is expected to pay around 100,000 euros for a one-year
loan, while also receiving 10 percent of any future sale of the
“I’m going to play for Hapoel Tel Aviv,” Sahar said in Spanish
in a specially arranged press conference. “I’m a little sad because I wanted to
continue and play here. But after I spoke to the coach and the [club] president
I understood that the situation is very difficult.
They told me that it
will be very difficult for me to play this season. I’m young and I have to play
That is very important for me.”
Despite not turning
21 until next month, Sahar will be joining the seventh club of his
Sahar grew up at the Hapoel youth system before signing with
Chelsea in 2006. He failed to make an impression in London, making just three
appearances for the club, while going out onloan on four separate
Sahar played a total of 21 league game for both QPR and
Sheffield Wednesday of the English Championship in the 2007/08 season and failed
to make a single official appearance at Portsmouth, which he joined on loan in
the following campaign.
The Holon native scored five goals in 16 matches
for Dutch club De Graafschap in the final six months of the 2008/09 season
before moving to Espanyol for approximately 1 million euros.
featured in 23 La Liga matches last season, but scored just a single
Hapoel managed comfortably without Sahar on Wednesday and never
really broke out of second gear.
Itai Shechter reached the team’s first
chance of the match in the eighth minute, but made a mess of his header from
five meters out.
Zeljeznicar came closest to scoring in the first half 10
minutes later, but Muamer Svraka’s long range effort was centimeters too
and smashed off the crossbar.
The second half was played at an even
slower pace than the first, but Hapoel would break the deadlock in the
Gili Vermut’s free kick found several Hapoel players in an
But da Silva was onside, and he slotted in the winner
after a nice turn.